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walking
4 days ago

Easy trail to follow. Very dog friendly.

Very serene hike. You start off in a farm field and then stroll through a deep hemlock forest. Very beautiful hike but not super challenging. A good spot to go to get some piece of mind. Not as crowded as Walden you’ll mostly find folks walking their dogs.

Gone several times for short lunch trips, great moderate hike to go on with friends & family.

Great hike and really fun in Spring. If you do the entire round trip, it's 3,160 feet of elevation. Not a moderate hike. How Wolcott gets rated hard, when it's no where's near as long or difficult is beyond me.

walking
13 days ago

I might have started at wrong trail head but didn’t find a pond 1 small steam lots of cars in parking lot decent trails but not much to see

Used to Mountainous trails and the doggy loves it

I walked around Walden Pond, last night, in the rain. It was a transcendent experience. If you have not already, please read Walden by Henry David Thoreau, before visiting this pond.

Amazing trail been using it my whole life there is a beaver damn on one side by the boat ramp side

fantastic trail with beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

Decent hike. The first half of the loop was more like 1.75 so I kept going another .25 to make it an even 4 miles. Easy hike, felt like I was hiking in people’s backyards some of the time, but definitely an easy hike for all levels.

Lots of cool boulders with scrambling opportunities. The hike can be customized in length and difficulty.

beautiful views. Rocky.
difficult in winter.

Not too hard.

Nice hike, kinda crowded.

Really great hike. Packed snow, trail broken in. Some icy spots, but did great with poles and crampons. Good training for New Hampshire!

Great hike. Don't let the fact that it's in eastern Mass fool you. The round trip hike is all up and down and is more strenuous than you think.

Great hike with options to expand or shorten. Got a little lost and turned around, but kept heading in the general direction of the trail on the map and eventually, made my way back to the trail and cut through a few different trails because i was lost for a while. Very wet and muddy in places and completely washed out in others due to the recent rain storm. I would definitely hike out there again, but maybe explore the well marked trails in the north side...

nice run but difficult to navigate

March 4th 2018: This was a beautiful trail, an easy 5 miles. Some elevation at times. Beautiful views of the water. Currently the boardwalk into the water is damaged from the recent storm, and in many areas of the trail there are newly fallen trees. On the last mile of the trail around the pond the entrance is blocked by a giant cluster of fallen trees. I chose to walk on the main road and into the nearby neighborhood to gain access back to rest of the trail. I suspect as the warmest weather approaches the town will make the necessary upkeep from the off season. Highly recommend and would return to despite the current damage.

Great loop with moderate elevation gains. Very well marked, but a little confusing at some trail junctions. Mostly stay on Backpacker and Bear Paw with a few exceptions.

hiking
1 month ago

The view was worth the hike

Great walk on this beautiful day!

Nice, easy walk around Walden Pond, great views of the water.

There's much more than 3.7 miles of trails here (I regularly do 4.5-8 mile loops here) AND you can connect with other nearby trail systems. Great place for short or long easy hikes/walks, bird watching, bike rides, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hunting, fishing, and looking for tracks. Most trails are either flat dirt trails, partially paved old roads, or you can just walk the sidewalk if you have strollers or unsteady-when-standing individuals with you.

ARNWR was once a part of Fort Devens/Maynard ordinance depot and the historic ammo bunkers are still standing. The visitor center is open from 10a-4pm on weekends and is a great place to check out (especially with kids)!

Fair warnings:
This is a great find for locals & new hikers/outdoor enthusiasts BUT if you're looking for a physical challenge, you won't find it here.

The refuge boasts a large wetland and while this is ideal for wildlife viewing, during the summer it can get VERY buggy on the trails.

Dogs are not allowed on the refuge.

Recently did this trail ! The chasm had a lot of ice but we managed to do it . Beautiful and well maintained trail !

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hike with some decent elevation and interesting topography, some cool vistas and vernal ponds in many locations. I would have gotten lost if i did not have my Garmin. Also had printed a map and would have made two wrong turns if i was relying solely on the map. The blazes marking the trails are great in some places and nonexistant elsewhere. I downloaded a route onto my Garmin and it saved me from those two wrong turns. I did the route counter clockwise, which I would recommend, as the more frustrating turns and trail sections are on the southern area, and I probably would have gotten more frustrated if these were at the end of my hike vs the beginning. I really liked the section of path towards the end that follows the ridgeline along the North Gorge Trail. Also some nice vistas looking East towards Marlborough on the eastern trails (Sparrow, Tyler, North Overlook). The paths were icy in places and muddy everywhere but just a bit of a drag, not so bad to prevent one from hiking it. Brought my dog and it was no problem for him, saw other dogs both on and off leash. Everyone I saw seemed laid back about dogs. Definitely a good option for a nice two hour, 6 mile hike. Note: there are two sections of trail that are on the AllTrails route but not on some of the online maps, both in the upper northeast quadrant of the hike. These are definite well-used trails.

walking
2 months ago

Very hard to follow the trails. We were lost several times and had trouble following this trail. Use AllTrails GPS and check it often... and be prepared to “make up” your trail as you go along... it is very nice though!

Always an enjoyable day on this trail.

Pleasant surprise. I came in the day after a big rain storm that followed about 14 inches of snow last week. Most of snow gone . 1/2 of trail was icy and slippery. Parts were bare . Takes about 70 minutes to do yellow loop . Many nice rock walls and small streams . Pretty decent ascent up hill near the end . Becoming noticed by families and dog owners . I’ll come again for sure

beautiful Trails, very dog friendly off leash, great clean water.

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