Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

Decent hike. Definitely not 3 miles, made it close to 3 miles due to getting a little lost. Well marked in places, got a little confused around the power lines. It was snowy, but still fun.

Been here only once, did not complete the trail. Where is the best place to park. I found a spot, but did not want to stay there long, there is no street parking is there?

Really great hike. Packed snow, trail broken in. Some icy spots, but did great with poles and crampons. Good training for New Hampshire!

Great hike. Don't let the fact that it's in eastern Mass fool you. The round trip hike is all up and down and is more strenuous than you think.

Entered Noanet from the trailhead at the end of Cedar Hill Road. Worked my way up to Noanet Peak then did some bushwacking down and around back to where I started. Trees down everywhere as we had a huge storm yesterday. A nice loop, give it a try.

nice walk around the lake. very good marked with yellow signs

Watch your ankles! Fun trail but not for jogging.

Great trails for biking and hiking , very friendly people there definitely coming back for more


23 days ago

Very enjoyable (about 1 hour) walk around the pond. Wide flat trail. We saw friendly people and dogs every few minutes and had plenty of time for private conversations. I will walk this trail again.

24 days ago

Gorgeous water views all the way around. Plan on 3+ hours, it is definitely longer than 6 miles. You are almost always with in sight of a house or road, you are not out alone in nature. We saw one park ranger and one other group of hikers the whole way around. Despite all the houses it was very peaceful (in February).

Easy, straight trail. A little boring, but still a decent gravel trail.

1 month ago

Love this place. Camped here for years and always hiked the trails. Now live closeby to hike every weekend. Way more trails that are not listed here. Enjoy!

1 month ago

This may as well be a dog park. Even though there are trash barrels provided, the majority of dog-walkers still do not pick up after their dogs. Or they do but then leave the bag of poop on the trail...

I don't mind well trained dogs running off leash but the entrance clearly states dogs *must* be leashed and few listen. Everyone seems to think their dog is a brilliant exception to the rules yet maintain little or no control of their pup.

Be prepared to be jumped on and sniffed/followed to the point that it's annoying. You won't get to see much of the beautiful pond views or look for barred owls; you'll be too busy looking out where you step. Don't bother trying to run or bike here. This used to be a great place to get some daily fresh air & exercise but a few irresponsible/inconsiderate users have ruined it for the rest.

There's much more than 3.7 miles of trails here (I regularly do 4.5-8 mile loops here) AND you can connect with other nearby trail systems. Great place for short or long easy hikes/walks, bird watching, bike rides, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hunting, fishing, and looking for tracks. Most trails are either flat dirt trails, partially paved old roads, or you can just walk the sidewalk if you have strollers or unsteady-when-standing individuals with you.

ARNWR was once a part of Fort Devens/Maynard ordinance depot and the historic ammo bunkers are still standing. The visitor center is open from 10a-4pm on weekends and is a great place to check out (especially with kids)!

Fair warnings:
This is a great find for locals & new hikers/outdoor enthusiasts BUT if you're looking for a physical challenge, you won't find it here.

The refuge boasts a large wetland and while this is ideal for wildlife viewing, during the summer it can get VERY buggy on the trails.

Dogs are not allowed on the refuge.

Very nice winter hike. I altered the route and was glad I did. Instead of coming back on Park Loop Road, I took the Whistling Cave Trail. Besides being able to see the Whistling Cave, this trail was much less traveled and has a more rustic vibe. There are a few small brooks you have to cross when the water is higher . There are some beautiful rock formations there too! PS wear some micro spiked if going in the winter. There are some icy areas.

1 month ago

Short nd sweet. Slightly steep. The view up top is nice, but it won’t quite make you weep.

Awesome trail through beautiful woods and meadows, great place to enjoy wildlife and nature.

Always an enjoyable day on this trail.

Excellent easy hike. Didn’t do this exact trail but did 4.5 mile loop so hit the metal (fire?) tower & stone tower

1 month ago

Trail around Lake Rico’s edge is amazing, not listed as a trail but just follow the water line, there’s a narrow trail alongside it. Best trail in the park

It was a beautiful day and it was easy too.

Great little place. The island is sometimes a peninsula when the water level is down. I visited this pond in the fall a few times.

easy walking. seems more of a
mountain bike kind of place

too many off leash dogs. dogs are supposed to be on leash. the description here says dogs are welcome on trails but does not say they need to be on leash.

trail running
2 months ago

My birthday run through the Lowell Woods! Parked on Fox Meadow Drive and headed west to Grimm Conservation area. Headed north from there to check out Rt128 (exciting!) and the hills over that way. A nice property, plenty of animal tracks everywhere. Went over to Shuttleworth and the school before bushwacking back thru the Mulvehill watershed area that was solid as a rock! Can't do this in the summer!! A nice place but sometimes feels a bit small with the homes in view frequently. Worth a visit however. Enjoy!

trail running
2 months ago

Parked in main lot and headed over to the Ames Mansion. Continued north to Leach Pond lodge (Shutter Island movie scene filmed here, ugly scene as I recall). Nice cold 1Jan18 day! Did the Pond Walk next over to Puds then up to the Tisdale estate (cool history, read the sign). Continued north again up to the quarry (granite used for Canton viaduct) then south back to the parking lot. This is a wonderful property. Happy New Year!

great Trails, nice hills and a view at tipling rock, dog friendly but on leash.

Loved this hike! Lots of well marked trails with scenic views. The peak view was pretty awesome, especially for such a low altitude, and included the Boston Skyline. There was even a decorated Christmas tree at the top. Sweet surprise.

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