North and South Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sturbridge, MA that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Wells State Park North and South Trails are a 4 mile loop trail located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts and is moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & mountain biking and is accessible year round. Wells State Park is a popular 1,400-acre woodland park. The two principal activities are camping and hiking. More than 10 miles of trails cross the property, which are for hiking only; off-road vehicles may not be used. A popular route leads to the scenic vista at Carpenter Rocks from which the eastern section and Walker Pond can be viewed.
We went there this weekend, as inexperienced hikers. We walked the Heart Healthy Mill Pond Trail, which was okay...the "pond" is really a stinky swamp, the first half of the trail gets pretty overgrown at points where you can only fit single file. The last half of the trail opens up and can fit 3-4 people abreast, which was pleasant. We stuck to the paved roads, which were very empty and you could hear vehicles approaching...a good hike. The North and South mountain bike trails look to be a bit overgrown at the entrances, and we didn't venture down them. We decided to try the Mountain Rd. Trail, on the beach side first. Big mistake. It starts out pleasant, if a bit narrow...and then goes vertical at 45 degrees in stages, the first two stages were mild and short, and then you hit a prolonged 10 minute incline, and THEN you hit a 5 minute almost 60 degree climb where you can't stop or you feel like you'll fall backwards. It levels off at the top, and then is a nice pleasant WIDE path on the other side. There is no indication of trail difficulties, and the topographical map doesn't really indicate elevation specifics...just that there is some. Walking the first half of either side would be fine for beginners, but the complete path should only be completed by experienced hikers with a sturdy walking stick. With the highway noise at the turn of the trail, you feel like you're in some dystopian nightmare of neverending incline and mosquitoes. Pleasant park, not a lot of people so you don't have to worry about competing for trails.
Snow was crunchy for walking. Did not walk the entire trail. Great place for walking during good weather. It's a nice leisurely stroll.
So I didn't do this exact trail. I did the much shorter mill pond trail at this park. It is very accessible especially for strollers if you want to take your little ones. Nice easy walk through the woods. About 1 mile.