Explore the most popular fishing trails in Massachusetts with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

Awesome 5+ mile loop! I have done Weir Hill countless times and recently tried Osgood Hill so today I put them together for my Philmont Prep Hike carrying 34 lbs. Pay attention when you leave the Weir Hill trail to Osgood Hill trail. There are no trail markings. Just follow the beaten down path along the lake until you pick up the trail markers at least 1/2 mile later. There are trail improvements so you know you are in a designated trail but no markers for a while. Decent elevation plus I love the 2 chair pasture setting that overlooks Lake Cochichewick.

Great quick hike beautiful waterfall. There was a dusting of snow there today

hiking
6 days ago

Well, five stars because I can walk to this trail from my house. However it is also a nice mix of forest lake and field, and none of the terrain is difficult. There are also a few access points to this loop

walking
6 days ago

Beautiful even during winter!

nice long flat easy walking very Scenic especially once you start getting close to Dana Center with the foundations the Commons and the photos of what was once... if you travel to the water which is 2 more miles to make it four miles or so to the water be sure to go out 40 - 5 and look for the crashed fighter plane... Indians kitchen..

Great views, trails can get muddy, but it’s a great local hike and worth it.

walking
20 days ago

Good length trail for a dog walk but be aware the back side is wet and muddy in December and your dog will be caked in it. Perfect summer trail

super easy. be prepared for mud

my dog loves this place

I may have chosen the wrong day to explore this trail - it was snowing so it was difficult to find the trail markers. That said, it is a fun trail covering rock ridges and bonzai conifers to wonderful brooks, deep forest and a lovely (albeit private) lake. This is a good trail for folks learning orienteering. I was deeply appreciative of the guidance provided by a previous hiker - I would have been really lost (in the snow) without his hints to stay to the right of the brook!

Nice, easy, and pleasant walk in the woods. Goes through Dana center and to the waterfront.

walking
1 month ago

Easy to moderate well marked mostly smooth trails.

Easy path, a little rocky so wear appropriate shoes. No steep incline.
Nice and serene.

Nice, easy walk with the dog. Great views of the water. Would recommend for all ages.

hiking
2 months ago

I used to love this trail. The last time I was here to come to relax, I left the opposite of relaxed and was very unhappy. While on the trail, two different people allowed their large dogs to bolt at me, jump on me, and growl at me while their owners shouted “sorry” and practically crawled to my rescue. It was also a muddy day so needless to say, when the dogs jumped on me I had mud all over my clothes. Both times, I expressed that this wasn’t ok and to please leash the dogs, while the owners didn’t say anything to me and kept walking with their dogs unleashed. The first time this happened on my way towards the golf course, I was annoyed but thought it was a fluke since I hadn’t had this issue before. The second time this happened on the same hike and a different person I was thinking “Again? You’ve got to be kidding me.” I’m an animal lover, but this really isn’t ok. I can also see this as a huge problem for folks coming who have small children or a phobia of dogs... or who simply don’t want to have a dog charge and jump on them? Dog people - please leash your dogs here. It’s really not fair to the other hikers who are just trying to enjoy their hike.

Super scenic! Easy reverse hike (downhill first). Pretty sure it’s only 1 mile total.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is marked with yellow blazes and has several different names. peaceful and beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

Excellent Sunday hiking with no crowds.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

trail running
2 months ago

Took in a bit more of the back portion of Noon Hill Rez before heading down into Shattuck and enjoyed that. A great property! Just do it!

trail running
2 months ago

Tried to get a 4+ miler in on the trails and succeeded. I've never done much with the side trails so ventured in there today and took in some of the Mass Horticulture Society stuff near the soccer fields. I keep discovering more and more in the MA Hort area. Very cool walk thru Weezie's today. Check it out!

Pretty straight forward, crowded however in summer with a lot of of bathers in the falls! Fun for kids.

walking
2 months ago

I enjoyed the walk and the landscape was pretty on a fall day. The main paths are paved and there are a few smaller trails throughout the route that are unpaved but cleared. I had not walked there before and it was worth the trip.

This trail starts at the Ponkapoag Golf Course. I liked the trail (green dot). It was mostly flat with a couple of little hills. It was very pretty and there is a spot to get close to the pond. It was exactly what I was looking for that day. Some of the signage could have been a bit better or there could have been more of it. I used AllTrails map with the GPS so I could mark our progress. I would take a picture of the display map in parking lot so you can match numbers at crossroads. Also, look for the green dots along the way to mark your route.

trail running
3 months 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.

Beautiful day for a hike. Many options to take.

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