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Best trails in Middlesex Fells Reservation

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Looking for a great trail in Middlesex Fells Reservation, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 31 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in Middlesex Fells Reservation ranging from 2.3 to 7.9 miles and from 85 to 308 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Open year-round, dawn to dusk. The Middlesex Fells Reservation's 2,575 acres offer a welcome retreat for city dwellers and a suitable terrain for hikers, horseback riders, rock climbers, cross-country skiers and picnickers as well as natural and cultural history buffs. "Fells" is the Saxon word for rocky, hilly tracts of land - an apt name for this scenic area which is rich in local history. This picturesque area was once favored for timber, granite quarrying, ice industry, and water power for the many mills including one that manufactured some of the first vulcanized rubber products. The Botume House at 4 Woodland Road is the Middlesex Fells Headquarters and will soon house the Middlesex Fells Visitor Center. Special features for visitors include the Sheepfold picnic area, Bellevue Pond, Virginia Wood, and Spot Pond. The Sheepfold is 10 acres of open field, ideal for picnics, frisbee playing and informal games. Bellevue Pond is a seasonal pond surrounded by trails and wide fire roads, some leading up to Wrights Tower which looks out over the Boston Basin. Virginia Wood, the site of a vanished mill village called "Haywardville" is now a dense hemlock enclave.

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Map of trails in Middlesex Fells Reservation
Park information
Acreage:
2,575 acres
Park hours
Monday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
(617) 727-5380
Helpful links
Top trails (31)
#1 - Skyline Trail Loop
Middlesex Fells Reservation
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 41 m
Skyline Trail Loop is a 7.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Medford, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is bShow more
#2 - West Middlesex Fells Reservation Bike Loop
Middlesex Fells Reservation
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
West Middlesex Fells Reservation Bike Loop is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Stoneham, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of Show more
#3 - Rock Circuit: Melrose Rock, Black Rock, and Pinnacle Rock
Middlesex Fells Reservation
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
Park at the skating rink. Rock Circuit Trail is marked with white blazes. It is well marked in places but some places it is challenging to follow. This trail tends to go over every obstacle in sight sShow more
#4 - Southern Middlesex Fells Loop
Middlesex Fells Reservation
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Please note if the reservation parking lot is full don’t park on Governors Ave since it’s permit parking only. Look for parking on one of the side streets.Show more
#5 - Middlesex Fells Reservation Loop Trail
Middlesex Fells Reservation
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 3 h 41 m
Middlesex Fells Reservation Loop Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Medford, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activShow more
#6 - South Reservoir Loop
Middlesex Fells Reservation
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
South Reservoir Loop is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Medford, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options andShow more
#7 - West Middlesex Fells Reservoir Trail
Middlesex Fells Reservation
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
This route will take you along the wider, more popular walking path called the Reservoir Trail around the bulk of reservoirs on the west side of I-93. This path keeps you closer to the water bodies tShow more
#8 - Two Towers Hike
Middlesex Fells Reservation
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
Great views of Boston and beyond from Two observation towers. Fells is the Saxon word for " rocky, hilly area", the route travels to the higerst points in this section of the reservation, Its rocky aShow more
#9 - Willow Spring Path and North Dam Road
Middlesex Fells Reservation
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
Willow Spring Path and North Dam Road is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Winchester, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#10 - Rock Circuit Trail to Crystal Spring Loop
Middlesex Fells Reservation
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 43 m
Rock Circuit Trail to Crystal Spring Loop is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Medford, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily Show more
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