Had a very enjoyable hike today. High Rock is a cool spot for views and easy bouldering (you'll find this at the beginning of the hike if you start on High Rock Road). The loop suggested here is very close to the suburbs, if you are looking for a place to be alone in the woods I would suggest taking some of the lesser trails through the middle of the forest. Not all of these are on the map and they aren't well marked. If you have no where to be and like exploring, these are for you. Record your track so you know where you are in proximity to the main trails. If you are looking for an easy hike rather than an adventure, stay on the main loop. The loop is a 6 foot wide dirt road. The main trails and the loop are also marked with colored disks on the trees. Overall I liked this area and I would come back.

Did not like this area at all. Very buggy,use bug spray. None of the trails are very clearly marked and instead I needed to use my cellphone with AllTrails app open in order to figure out where I was pretty much 100% of the time. No elevation, it's essentially a flat hike from what I found. I saw like 1 person and I was there for 2 hours so not a popular place. Entire area is completely wooded.

hiking
Friday, September 09, 2016

For exercise I want to give it 4 but for markings on trail I have to say 2.5 hence 3 stars. Many markers have no color. If you are looking for an easy trail with some moderate thrown in and enjoy a pinch of adventure then this trail is for you. I ended at End of Trail/Live Rail Lines begin sign.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Super convenient as it is across the street from my house. Great local spot for a walk.

It is not somewhere you go to be alone with nature, can hear cars and see homes on the trails which largely hug the periphery of the forest.

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This is a great place to ride if you love organic riding.. lots of root and rock gardens... everywhere!! Fun for all skill levels but most terrain is better suited for intermediate (or better) skill level riders. I enjoy riding here because it's a constant technical challenge but I do wish there were longer/more downhill runs in the network of trails...

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Monday, April 18, 2016

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

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Friday, January 15, 2016

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

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Monday, May 13, 2013

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Needham Town Forest is a small gem, hemmed in my suburban Needham. At 200 acres, this is not a huge place. However, there are many bike trails that were added by NEMBA. High Rock is very fun to climb. It is not huge, but it is easy to climb without a top rope or any other gear. The park has somewhat of a caretaker, a retired design engineer from Boston who has placed tiny birdhouses on trees with color coded roofs to denote the trail. He has also created "Martini Junction" which is a beautiful area with a bench, bird feeders, and a complete train set. Out in the middle of the woods! The attention to detail is phenominal.

Nothing terribly difficult from a terrain perspective but lots of rock faces to climb on. If you are looking for a new place to hike, this is a great one.