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Trail is clearly marked and I saw tons of wildlife! Great quick hike

Update to my review from 6 days ago. I finally did the whole thing, my tracker said 7.5 miles and it took 2:49 hiking at a good pace.

I had never been to the east coast of the lake before, and boy is it wretched. Many of the markings are faded and difficult to spot, if they exist at all. There are a few streams without bridges, and tons of downed trees and brush blocking the paths. Lots of muddy paths with brambles all around. Not fun, but if you get through that part with dry shoes the south/west/north of the lake is a nice trek.

I've only hiked about 3 miles of the north and western sides, but it's very nice around this time of year. Getting a bit lost I came upon an adorable cove with a grey heron flying not more than 100 yards away. A few days later I found another spot with 2 swans swimming together. The air is crisp and the colors are out. There are lots of downed trees and brush blocking the path from the winds, but it's easy enough to kick aside or step over. It rained heavily a few days ago and due to the leaves falling off the trees and the cool weather it hasn't dried well, be careful of slipping in mud or stepping in puddles.

If there isn't much wind then you will hear highway traffic noise while you are on the north part of the trail. Once you get towards the southern half of the lake it gets nice and quiet and aside from walking by people's backyards occasionally you feel like you are out in the woods.

There are spots where the path is confusing, I would not recommend trying to do the whole thing in one go without at the very least a good map. Or you can do what I'm doing and just explore it one bit at a time, walking down every path, discovering cool shortcuts and spending time enjoying the wonderful out of the way hills, outcroppings, coves and capes.

Note to Bob Simek - the granite thing on the west side is an artifact left from 'Hopkinton Springs' of which no photos exist. Next time you are by that stone bridge look around, you should be able to spot the placards which explain it all. It includes a map of which artifacts are where, although some are covered in leaves this time of year.

Beautiful area. But the trails were not marked well at all. I saw trail names and colors painted on trees, but not at all intersections. There were a few intersections where we had to just pick a way to go. Went with three other adults and a baby. Do Not Bring a baby carriage unless it’s used in off roading and rough terrain. Lots of hills, but great for a first timer without a baby carriage

This is a great place to start off roading. I just started and went there with my buddy and there were some nice mud puddles and some rocky areas... definitely easy but can give you an idea of what you need to get more difficult off roading in.

Excellent trail. Well marked with some nice views along the way. Might be better suited as an Easy than Moderate, but a really enjoyable walk and hike. Would highly recommend to anyone in the area.

First time unplanned exploration so this review is just based on a very small piece of the forest. We spent most of our time on the old cart roads but the few single track trails we found we're more of a 4 star rating. Whisteling Caves Trail was the highlight of this short hike. l look forward to exploring more.

trail running
1 month ago

A quick note to Liz Tosti - Liz, weren't you using your AllTrails app? It can be quite confusing hiking around the reservoir although it looks easy on a map. That's why you have the app on your phone and a download of the trails so you can navigate. I know what you're saying though, last time I was here I had a map only and did a 7 or 8 mile loop where this time I was looking to streamline things and got it down to 6.6 miles. Bring the app with you, use it to navigate, it's fun that way and you don't get lost and you get to see the stuff you like. My trail run this day was great, enjoyed every minute of it BUT did have to reference the AT map frequently to stay on course. I need to figure out what that granite thing is over on the west side of the lake. Maybe I'll call the historical society and ask.

The trail rating is not accurate. As a mountain bike trail it’d be moderate, as a hiking trail it’s easy. The network of little unmarked trails are very easy to get disoriented in. Check your position often because you WILL go off the intended path

I parked on Mill Road instead of the address provided. There was ample room for parking and finding the trailhead was easy. Hike was very quiet, alot of solitude. Didn't see anyone for the first hour I was out there. Kind of lost where the trail loops and gets you the turned around. Views along the water where beautiful, especially with the leafs starting to change. Enjoyed this trail.

Gorgeous, well marked

We come here weekly and we love it! Trails are marked and well maintained! You hardly see anyone on the trails, you may pass 2/3 other hikers/bikers. After reading other reviews if you’re seriously complaining about bugs in the woods and off leash dogs in a nearly deserted forsest maybe this isn’t the place for you.

hiking
1 month ago

In all fairness I was warned with all the reviews mentioning the lack of markings! I guess I didn’t expect it to be sooo poorly marked. The hike was beautiful. I’ve never seen so many colorful mushrooms. However it was truly unbelievable how poorly marked the trail was. It started out with yellow trail markings that at time became completely blue markings only to return to yellow. Many times at mentioned (we ended up in the field too) as a matter of fact we ended up going on a neighborhood street and met a gentleman who said he always meets people at the same point who are also lost. We definitely bushwhacked several times. All in all we hike 8 miles.

Perfect for what we needed - an easy hike with pretty foliage.

nice give good work out

mountain biking
2 months ago

Not too challenging, but uphill for the first half mile or so. Trails are very well marked. Maps along the way. Some traffic.

Awesome ride :) but nice to be clean what's the while. But it's lots of fun riding your bike by the Bay.

Fail trail for biking
From Franklin 3.5 miles in path was only good for hiking where we were Met with a dump site awful. Turned around

I've been hiking here for probably 15-20 years and have covered most of the trails. I like hiking here BUT there are a few things to take note of. First is that there are a LOT of off leash dogs. My dog doesn't like other dogs, so I can't bring him here because big dogs bounding up to him with no leash scare him. I also run into bikers on the trails that prohibit them pretty often. I also agree with some of the other reviews that it tends to be pretty buggy.

Overall, I agree with most reviews on here, it just depends what things bug you and what things don't. Its pretty well populated so you feel secure but if you're someone who likes secluded hiking, you won't get that until you get back towards route 1 quite a bit. The trails are generally well marked BUT there are a lot of them and they criss cross and overlap a lot so you'll definitely need a map with a marked planned route or a GPS/app to help you out

Great hike as usual. Did a little bushwack up a ledge off the Ridge Trail. Continued parallel to the Cedar Trail and noticed I was up on top of a decent ledge, looking off the east side. Check this out if you can, nice stuff!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Not technical mostly flats some ups and some downs. Only come here if your looking for an easy relaxing ride. Not fun for what I was looking for

mountain biking
2 months ago

Technical pretty good for people that want to improve their skills with rollovers jumps and picking lines

The trails are ok, but very poorly marked, particularly the one with the red blaze. Decent option if you are looking for something close to the city.

My first time on this trail. The coordinates for directions take you to the gatehouse parking area. There is another parking area just beyond that has a center and a toilet. There is a $5 parking fee for non members. (Note: There is another route on All Trails for this set trails, called “Mega Loop” but it directs to a trail head about 10 minutes from this one that’s in a suburban cul de sac with “no parking” signs everywhere.

I did a bigger loop than indicated on this map. Starting from gate house lot, I followed yellow to Echo Pond to East West to June Pond to Ridge to Tower to Cedar Hill, then backtracked when I saw the sign that Noanet is closed to hikers with dogs. After dropping back to intersection of Ridge and Chickering, I followed red back to the parking lot. Was about 5 miles total. Nothing super challenging. Saw a few other people. The pond views are lovely.

The trail map and trails are clearly marked, and the numbered trail markers helpful.

It’s buggy and there are frequent signs warning to check for ticks.

I was excited upon reading about this Trail around the reservoir. we started off in the parking lot where the boats put into the water at the boat ramp there was a trail marked with a yellow marker painted yellow so we file that for maybe a mile or two then all the sudden the trail went blank so I went back over the trail that I just gone on to find a part that I may have missed or turn I may have missed and there were none no markers of any kind no indication of where I was going except I could see the reservoir to my left side so I just kept walking on a trail that was between the water and the many houses that were lining the reservoir. Reservoir is not 6 miles around 8 miles plus and even more if you get off of the trail and have to walk on the road.

So we hooked up back to the trail again and went through a portion of the trail that was elevations going up and down and up and down all good footing but definitely not an easy climb. then we came out into an open field no markers whatsoever no idea where to go except the GPS on my phone so I walked in that direction and ran into the path in somebody's backyard continued walking and got about three-quarters of the way around the reservoir and lost the path again no markings know anything so I was walking through the woods just trees everywhere no path just bushwhacking it through the woods to get near the water where the trail look like on the GPS. never found it so went out on the road follow the road cat making left's which filed Reservoir back to the parking lot.

I enjoyed the hike very much great scenery of the reservoir and all the inlets even encountered a 7 ft long garter snake with a frog in its mouth it jumped out at me while I was walking on the path but relax they are non poisonous. I think the comment by someone earlier that said that people mark this Trail who would never hiked before is very true it would be a great place if it was well marked. a great Trail great scenery get the trail marked

Tooooo buggy. Started off with all natural bug repellent, did not work. Switched to deep woods Off, did not work. Just ended up turning around. Not to mention the continued Route 1 traffic noise.

Love this trail

mountain biking
3 months ago

Starting from my home at the Dover side of Pine Street you've got 10 min to bike to the top of Snow Hill then another 10 min to get to the top of Cedar Hill (Rocky Woods) then another 10 min to get to the top of Noanet Peak. I got the first two, have to rethink my way up Noanet. I will add Pegan Hill next and give myself another 10 min to do Quatre Femmes! I'd add Miller Hill but somebody built a mansion up there.

Great first time here. Did the green trail. Didn't get lost. Will come back and try the red trail next. Trail markings were good.

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