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Wachusett Reservoir and Reservation Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews

Wachusett Reservoir and Reservation Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boylston, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 134 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers

no dogs

2 months ago

A beautiful spot. The trail begins by the road and quickly puts you on the reservoir shore. Once there, you can walk along the shore/beach for miles. On a clear day you get a good view of the water and surrounding hills. The trail is rocky and uneven and if you are less sure footed I highly recommend hiking poles.

6 months ago

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Pretty wildlife

Monday, April 02, 2018

very quiet trail,it's too long for kids.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

biked/ hiked mostly hiked while dragging bike when off trail

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Absolutely beautiful reservoir. Several trails that lead to the water. Very peaceful!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Very quiet trail not well marked and overgrown easy trail to walk for kids.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Some pictures of this posting, especially with the views are from a different trail Wachusett Mountain Reservation, however the directions are for Wachusett Reservoir.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

I wish there was more places to view the reservoir

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Nice trail. We went off it a bit and did a loop around the peninsula. Getting through was not bad with the exception of brushes.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Only street parking available here. There are a lot of gates and entry points all over the reservoir but this one isn't the easiest to access due to parking.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

We entered gate # 8 across the street from Cross St on route 70. We hiked for about 2 hrs on the trails and covered about 5.5 miles. Trails were easy to moderate with a mix of short but steep uphills and some longer more gradual up and downhills. We crossed over to the trails behind Tahanto Regional HS and followed trails along the waters edge ( where they use to run the Deer Run Trail Race). These were challenging and narrow. Most trails were old logging roads though. Many trails were down to water and back off of a central beetleback trail. Great spot for Nordic skiing in winter.

Monday, September 05, 2016

I live in Holden and this is a great little gem close to my home! Some of the trails are a bit busy, but there are tons of routes one can take! There are trails you can take to escape the hustle and bustle! I would rate it as easy!

Monday, August 01, 2016

Always love this mountain! Close to home ! Always beautiful at the top -( of course painted sky)great starter for people training to hike more mountains !

Monday, July 04, 2016

love it

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Great, well maintained rail trail, slight incline, very easy

Friday, September 25, 2015

Yes, this is Wachusett Reservoir which does not allow dogs. Not Wachusett Mountain

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I think there might be some confusion, but I could be wrong. The photo of a lake is of the Wachusett Reservoir which has an entrance in Boylston, MA. Quite a few trails overall for jogging, fishing, some beautiful views of the reservoir, etc. It is not dog friendly because of the reservoir. The other two pictures appear to show the views of Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA, a popular area at least locally for winter skiing, hiking, and the views. I believe it is dog friendly. The two areas are about 15 miles apart from each other, both beautiful places to spend some time.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Even the Old Indian Trail route is brutally steep, but the summit was more than worth it. 360º vista. Because of the radio and cell towers I would have to describe it as "working summit," but the effect is not spoiled at all. Because there is a road up to the summit, there are a lot of families visiting, giving a charming "pocket park" feel to the place.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

It looked like there were lots of option for biking and hiking but lots of signs and explanations of why no dogs are allowed. :( We turned around and found another nearby trail.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Great place!! Different awesome trails to do through the forest!! Great views and dog friendly!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Echo Lake Trail to Administration Road to Summit, Memorial day they will open the Summit road to cars ( it has been closed to traffic for 3 years undergoing repairs) making the last section less enjoyable. Nice views of the windmills and on a clear day the Boston skyline. Distance and time are round trip excluding time at summit. Nice spring warm up trail for those of us in the 60+ group. Restrooms available at the visitor center about 1 mile away

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Multiple hiking trails, great for all skill levels. Starters should stick with Balance Rock Trial / Old Indian Trail. A normal 5/6 year old should be able to do fine on this particular trail(s). Other ones need better skill level. Trail map located @

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