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

trail running
28 days ago

To me: it would've been more enjoyable and an adventure if people had their dogs on leashes. Not too sure if that's a thing for this trail or not, but that would be my only complaint.

Not a good feeling seeing an animal charge at you and not seeing their owner, to then only hear a voice calling for the animal

Good loop on the north side of Callahan. Some much needed trail maintenance has been done on Red Tail which made it much more enjoyable on the way to Gibbs Mountain. The trails alternate between shady woods and open meadows. There are a couple sections that can be confusing so I would recommend using your tracker to avoid wandering in circles. Despite the poor signage on the north side, I really did enjoy this hike and would do it again.

Really great place to bring your dog. Our lab always leaves here exhausted after all the swimming and running. Everyone we ran into was extremely friendly and people seemed to be picking up after their canine friends. They include fee trail maps as well as poop bags. Trails are easy to follow, well maintained, we love it here.

Nice 500+ acre forest just south of the Framingham line and behind the Framingham Golf Course. The power line runs through the property and there is a huge water tank in the southeast corner with very nice graffiti. Interesting history too, during colonial times witches from Salem would take shelter here in the caves (boo!). I'll be back to check out the Ashland Forest side, to the west. Enjoy!

30+ swans i have never seen so many, it's got a long land bridge that goes to and old pumping station

Easy Saturday morning run through Callahan! The trails are well marked and clear. My dog loves this park as there are plenty of other dogs for her to play with as we run along the trail. Best to have the map downloaded and refer to it to make sure you are following the correct trail. Or if you are a gambler, just take whatever turn suits your fancy! They all intersect at different points through the park. Enjoy!

walking
4 months 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

Very easy short hike. We did acorn trail. We were trying to find Gibbs Mountain loop but we were unable to find the trailhead for it. Lots of dogs off leash!

Great place for a hike with the pooch! I think the last loop on the north side is just a straight there and back on the backpacker trail or a loop on the acorn trail though. I couldn’t find the other side of the loop shown on this apps map.

TONS of dogs not on leashes.

I'm giving this a 5/5 because I'm a dog owner and this is in my top 3 dog parks.
Dogs only have to be on leash in some areas, so it's nice having them run around by the pond with other dogs and close by you on the trails. We return here every few weeks, and neither us nor our dogs are disappointed. The trails are pretty easy to follow, they have free maps at both entrances; the amounts are limited, but they also have a big map you can look at before you go in.
There are some negative comments here about the dogs, but I've never actually seen anyone upset or bothered with them off leash, FYI :)

My friend and I trailered our horses here today. The parking lot was a nice size where we were able to pull in and circle around for an easy exit. There were A LOT of dogs there and although it says leashes are required, not everyone had them and not all of the dogs were respectful of the horses. There were a lot of trails to explore and a lot where we could even trot and canter. Some were rocky and had roots all over but most were fine for the horses. With my horse being so tall, I had to do some ducking to avoid the tree branches but it was gorgeous weather and just enough breeze to keep the bugs away. There is a pond that the dogs can swim in and we took our horses in since it's only about belly deep for them and they could walk right in. It wasn't our favorite place because of the dogs but we'd go back at some point in the future as it's a nice change of scenery.

Pleasant easy trail compared with north Callahan state park, which was much harder

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

One of many fun trails at Callahan State Park. Eagle Pond is a beautiful spot. There are some good rocks to sit on, you will probably even see some fish. The trails are very well marked and fun to explore. This is also a good spot to bring your dog for a walk.

Exelente to walk dogs

trail running
Monday, April 17, 2017

Great place to run especially if you have a dog! They are allowed off leash on most trails, especially the north side.

very nice and moderate walk. I've been going there since I was a child. in my opinion best dog park I've ever been to. on holidays there could be almost a hundred dogs. on a normal nice day there's a good number. big fields for dogs to play in. a sexy green (ew) pond for them to swim in and a few miles of very nice hiking paths. they even have bike paths on the left.

I love the trails and know them by heart I go so often! A pond for pups to splash and frolicking.

Love this spot! tons and tons of trails to explore with some really nice ponds and views. One of the closest places to Boston where you can actually get deep enough into the woods to be completely removed from the noise of the outside world

Great place !!

trail running
Sunday, June 14, 2015

A great place to run with a few small hills. Some parts are a little muddy and it can be a little buggy. You'll need to watch out for unleashed dogs though. It seems like everyone that owns a dog in this area brings them here to play (southern part).

My dog loves this place. Great place to bring the dog, let her run around off leash with the other dogs, swim in the pond and then hike the trails. We've been a lot with our dog - even just to throw the ball or Frisbee around.

Pros: free parking, nice countryside views of fields makes you feel like you are in rural Pennsylvania farmland. Nice change of pace. Decent amount of land to cover. Closed trails were clearly marked.

Cons: no swimming, not a very challenging hike for someone looking to feel they are all the way out there in the woods.

There was free parking. Hiking was fun In the woods. Was not super challenging. No swimming, not a lot of bugs. Views pretty good how large fields, not spectacular.

Good hiking Overall.

Monday, May 06, 2013

No trail maps were available at the North gate, and the signage was poor. There were many side trails and it was not always obvious which way to go. The EveryTrail GPS guide often had a problem getting readings. The dogs had a great time even though we never made it to the lake.

There are three main entrances to the park. One on Milliwood Street, one on Edmand's Road and one on Broadmeadow Street. Milliwood offers easy access to Eagle Pond, a nice place for dogs to swim, and with a nice easy walk along a raised berm. Edmand's lets you onto the Pipeland, a wide straight road (firebreak, maybe?) as well as a maze of criss-crossing smaller trails. Broadmeadow is the most 'rustic' trailhead, tucked away on a dirt road. It only offers a few trails but tends to be less populated, and leads to Beebe Pond, a nice secluded spot with a good dog-friendly swimming hole at one end.

PS This site requires me to enter data I don't know, such as length...so I'm guessing

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2011

The park itself was lovely, but even with a park map, a description of a hike, and the AllTrails app, the trails were still so poorly marked that it was hard to be sure where we were. Working with just the map, it would have been a frustrating afternoon.

hiking
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

If you start from the Marlborough trail head it is mostly hiking trails. I was some bike tracks but I mostly saw hikers. Lots of trails and varying terrain. See some nice ponds, fields and farms

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