Explore the most popular hiking trails near Medfield 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
26 days 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!

Recently got interested in foraging. Decent number of mushrooms and other funghi around. Just need to climb learning curve so I don't poison myself. Cheers!

Great hike as usual. Did a little bushwack up a ledge off the Ridge Trail. Continued parallel to the Cedar Trail and noticed I was up on top of a decent ledge, looking off the east side. Check this out if you can, nice stuff!

My first time on this trail. The coordinates for directions take you to the gatehouse parking area. There is another parking area just beyond that has a center and a toilet. There is a $5 parking fee for non members. (Note: There is another route on All Trails for this set trails, called “Mega Loop” but it directs to a trail head about 10 minutes from this one that’s in a suburban cul de sac with “no parking” signs everywhere.

I did a bigger loop than indicated on this map. Starting from gate house lot, I followed yellow to Echo Pond to East West to June Pond to Ridge to Tower to Cedar Hill, then backtracked when I saw the sign that Noanet is closed to hikers with dogs. After dropping back to intersection of Ridge and Chickering, I followed red back to the parking lot. Was about 5 miles total. Nothing super challenging. Saw a few other people. The pond views are lovely.

The trail map and trails are clearly marked, and the numbered trail markers helpful.

It’s buggy and there are frequent signs warning to check for ticks.

Really liked this walk. Very pretty scenery throughout. Pretty simple to stick to the trails and few obstructions. The only reason it was four and not five stars is that someone was shooting a gun nearby, which was very disconcerting as it got louder/closer on my way back toward the parking lot.

Lots of fun! There are some great views on this trail; however I was constantly surrounded by a group of gnats, so that was annoying.

I would have been quite happy with 500' elevation gain, which isn't so easy to find, so when my AT summary said 600' I was pleasantly surprised! It took 4.5 miles. Perfect place to get some hill runs in.

Rocky Woods is a wonderful, quiet spot to enjoy nature - and that on the edge of a heavily settled area. I’ve explored these trails many, many times and always find it restorative.

trail running
4 months ago

Tried to get to 500' elevation gain over at Cedar Hill. Parked at the top and ran up and down 3x. Almost did it. Nice way to get the blood flowing!!!

4 months ago

local.fun trail. check out Gillette stadium from the top

trail running
5 months ago

Tried to max out my elevation gain today and managed to get to 500' on this trek. Nice day in the woods, nice visibility from Cedar Hill and the cooler is still in the hill --- see if you can find it. Gooday!

The beavers were out today, first I've ever seen the whole family together. The Mom and Pop and the two little ones were foraging on lily pads. They were fun to watch, they were right in front of me munching on the pads. The little guys whimpered a bit too, I've never heard that before (sounded like a baby, somewhat). I've been running in here for 20 years or so and this is only the 2nd time I've seen the beavers out, the last time 3 years ago. It's clear they're here you just don't see them much. Soooo coooool.

Looking to see something different so headed out on the perimeter. Found my way down to Nauset Circle then looped around on Indian Hill Road. Returned via Indian Hill which requires a short bushwack. Not much of a hill really but you never know until you check it out.

6 months ago

I keep my honeybees on the farm here and took a jog around to check on them and see what forage, if any, might be available now that my friendly farmer has left me. Found lots of cherry blossoms blooming which is great as I think the bees will love these. The trees are in wet areas too so the nectar should be flowing. Say hi to my bees if you're over that way!

Another great trail run thru here on a really nice spring day (yea, May Day!). Parked way down on the promontory overlooking the Great Charles River! Sweet!

Nice run in the light rain. Found the high point on the Hill summit and the DPW marker. Doesn't seem like prime colonial era real estate but those dudes did a nice job on their rock walls, they're everywhere. Well done early settlers, well done!

6 months ago

Some parts of the map aren’t correct, but it’s a super user friendly trail, so you’ll easily make your own loop.

Awesome loop. Bushwacked up Cedar Hill first, from the south, then noticed the remains of a few trails. I stumbled upon a mini-quarry which might explain the old trails from the north and west. Pretty cool, see waypoint on my map. Continued on Ridge Trail then bushwacked up Mine Hill to find the summit (see waypoint). Cool area up there. Finished up via Cheney and East-West. This is a cool trek, give it a try.

Decent hike, was looking to do some photography but nothing too astounding

10 months ago

good trail. only saw a couple other people. well maintained. lots of maps. feels pretty isolated in the middle, despite being so close to the city. nice pines and leaf cover.

trail running
11 months ago

This is one of my favorite properties. Parked in the Noon Hill parking area and headed over the dam and around Holt pond to the cut-thru. Crossed Causeway Street and headed straight down to the Charles River (awesome horseshoe bend at this location). The light and views were terrific this morning! Continued clockwise out of the pine forest and thru the maple forest then to the candy cane forest to another river viewing spot. Several options on the return. So sweet!

A real treat! Started south on the Bay Circuit Trail then took in the Charles River at the horseshoe. Crossed Main Street next and visited with all those restful souls in the historic Medfield State Hospital Cemetery. Continued north to the Bill Martin Field but no airplanes were being flown today. Returned via the colonial era hay fields that surround the area. Very nice area!

trail running
11 months ago

Really nice loop. Some bushwacking involved but you can avoid this if you want. A really impressive property. Go for it! Enjoy!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Great views and very well maintained but the markings are unclear at times and you might get turned around. Good for dogs but most are off leash.

Beautiful hike! Pond with beaver activity was awesome! Trails were well marked. Did have to pay $5 to park (well worth it)!

Friday, October 27, 2017

liked it. would eliminate the small loop at end. Not the best marked in that part. Add loop around Holt pond instead.

trail running
Monday, October 23, 2017

Very nice forest trek. Parked on quiet Pond Street and started down the back of Rocky Woods via the Wilson Swamp Trail. I never knew there was so much more to explore down into Medfield. I've been avoiding the trail turn-off in that direction for years thinking there wasn't much down that way. The Woodcliff Hills Trail brings you down into the Parkinson Property then on to the Medfield Park & Rec operated Hinckley Pond. Very nice marshy area on route and tranquil forests. A must do, must see!

Very nice walk,
Shelby gives it 3 paws

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Was ok. Not really challenging but nice nonetheless. Be sure to check out all the trees that the beavers toppled. Pretty cool.

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