Hopedale Parklands - Red Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hopedale, MA that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A nicely well maintained setting and trails in the small village of Hopedale, MA. The parklands wrap around the scenic Hopedale Pond. Most of the trails are far enough from surrounding homes that you do not feel you are in the boundary of the town. Very quiet and safe. Hours are dawn to dusk. In 1899, the Hopedale town's Park Commission, consisting of Frank J. Dutcher, Charles F. Roper, and George Otis Draper, accepted Manning's proposal for a park of nearly two hundred acres, encompassing the entire shoreline of Hopedale Pond.
Pretty 3 mile stroll around the water... Great for dogs!
Beautiful. It was a easy trail, good for little kids. Or just want to take a stroll.
Well maintained and easy to follow but they seem pretty strict about not having your dog off leash there. I also didn't expect the first part of it to be on a street and kind of had to guess where to go to find the actual entrance since I'm not familiar with the area.
I take my kids here every couple of weeks. if you so the full loop you have to walk down the road a bit but it's not too far. they like to stop and throw rocks in the water and there are lots of spots to do that along the way.
This is our go to spot when we don't have a lot of time but need to be in the woods. Well maintained, very pretty area, love watching the swans. Have seen deer here too.
Enjoyed hiking this pleasant and very easy little trail over the weekend with my autistic son. It has a nice little put-in for Kayaking though much of the pond is dense with water lilies so Kayaking is probably best in the spring when the water is high. Still a nice little spot for a short but pleasant Kayak trip or a casual stroll in the woods. I would have given it a 5 but it doesn't actually go completely around the pond. To return to your point of origin you will need to backtrack or walk about .5 miles on roads and sidewalks. Still, I would go there again. Easy and pleasant is often great medicine. I suspect it is very beautiful when we get fall foliage. Refer to "Farmer Lindsay Weaver's" review. I found this helpful.
Hopedale is my hometown so I've been here a million times. Most people take the route all the way around the pond which is nice. That trail will also bring you across a stone bridge at the half way point.
Alternatives to the main loop:
Climb up on the railroad tracks, you could even take the route up a rocky ledge off the main trail, commonly referred to as "the b!tch" by locals.
Or you could take the Upton entrance which makes it seem like a whole new place.
Along the paths (especially on the Upton side) and on the 3rd island in the pond, you'll find some old stone lean-tos which used to be used for camping which isn't allowed anymore.
Well maintained and marked, nice and quiet but within easy walking distance to Bon Appetite Pizza for a post trail snack