No matter where you travel within Massachusetts, there is plenty to do and see. Year-round you can expect incredible outdoor adventures ranging from hiking and biking in the warmer months, to cross-country-skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Itching to explore? Wood Partners has put together a list of our top 5 hiking trails in the Walpole area that you won’t want to miss.
Blue Hills Reservation
Experience Massachusetts’ natural beauty just 12 miles from Walpole. The Blue Hills Reservation sweeps across 7,000 acres and includes 125 miles of trails waiting to be explored. To get a different perspective of Boston, climb up several hilltops to experience Massachusetts’ breathtaking skyline. The Blue Hills Reservation is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking but can also be enjoyed for snowshoeing and downhill skiing during the winter. When the summer months roll around, hike to Houghton’s Pond and nearby Ponkapoag Pond for a well-deserved, refreshing swim.
Adams Farm is the perfect place for nature lovers year-round. Just under 4 miles from Walpole, these 365 acres of town-owned land includes hiking and sporting trails alike. Winter offers the perfect opportunity for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing along the snow-covered paths, while spring brings warmer weather, the return of nesting birds, and opportunities to experience nature blooming first-hand. Stay cool in the summer months beneath shady, mature trees while setting up a picnic filled with your favorite lunchtime snacks. If your visit lands you in the fall, enjoy the leaves beautifully change colors as you hike in the crisp autumn air.
Blackstone Gorge sits on the Massachusetts/Rhode Island border, less than 25 miles from Walpole. Head out of the city lights and into the trees to witness a short and sweet hike along the Blackstone River Gorge. The path slowly climbs upward, putting you 80 feet above the Blackstone River. These steep cliffs make for gorgeous views in the summer, while the winter offers a different perspective as the rocks are coated with ice to create snow-covered markings along the boulders. If you’re looking for a quick and beautiful way to soak in the outdoors, don’t miss the Blackstone Gorge.
The Noanet Woodlands trails travel more than 17 miles across a grand preserve and feature woodlands, ponds, an old mill site, and the iconic Noanet Peak. This peak offers stunning, one-of-a-kind views of the Boston Skyline that most people don’t even know existed! If you’re taking the children out for an active day outdoors, they’ll love the half-mile march along the Caryl Trail that leads directly the old mill site with its own little waterfall. Get your walking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and mountain biking fix in this nearly 600-acre playground.
Rocky Woods Reservation
Head just 6.5 miles north to experience expansive views up on Cedar Hill. Follow trails to an old quarry site or explore the ponds at Rocky Woods Reservation. The vast wetlands create an ideal habitat for wildlife like songbirds, bullfrogs, and turtles. With catch-and-release fishing available at four out of the five ponds, Rocky Woods Reservation is the perfect place to take the family for an afternoon outdoors. Rocky Woods is an outdoor lover’s dream with over 6 miles of wanderlust-worthy. Bonus! It’s open for exploration 365 days a year.
This summer, Wood Partners encourages you to get outdoors and experience life to its fullest at these amazing hiking trails near Walpole, Massachusetts.