Explore the most popular paddle sports 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.

8 days ago

A nice little walk along the shoreline of Duxbury Beach Reservation. Snow Owls can sometimes be seen in the winter months. A very cool wooden bridge (0.4 miles long) gets you over to the beach. Enjoy!

9 days ago

Went for a 4 mike hike around the trails of Cat Rock on Hale Reservation. Only recorded the beginning 1.5 miles around the area for Cat Rock. Then I detoured straight for Noanet Pond and enjoyed the picnic bench by the water. I took the paved path down and back around the reservation. It was snowy and quiet on this off-season day. Multiple options for windy paths, or paved paths. Beautiful lake and interesting features to look at.

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

Walk it with my baby daughter! Love to search for crickets on the walking bridge! Also love to stand on the middle of the bridge on a windy day and watch the swamp growth wave in the breeze!

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).

I live this trail. It’s a little bit of an investment of time, not your usual stroll in the park (pardon the pun). The pond adds a nice magic to it all.

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.

Beautiful trail, very icy in the winter, but quiet with lots of scenery!

Nice hike for the whole family. You'll meander through the woods with views of the pond along the way. The trail-head was easy to find, right off the parking lot at the Park Headquarters.

trail running
1 month ago

I run this route regularly and love the ocean views. There were a few puddles along the route today that were leftover from (I'm guessing) a snowstorm that happened a few weeks ago. A lot of families will walk around this route when the weather is nice enough (e.g. today there were a lot of families and it was 45 degrees and sunny). I don't usually see wildflowers, but sometimes there are kite surfers (who can be carried maybe 20 feet up in the air) and Fort Independence is a cool place to visit too.

Nice walk around the parkway. Paved with some small hills but otherwise flat. No parking at the starting point. Will need to drive to the other side of the pond for street parking.

Nice easy trail,great for families

paddle sports
2 months ago

Have been kayaking on this river for a few years now. And always can’t wait for spring to get started

beautiful Trails, very dog friendly off leash, great clean water.

trail running
2 months ago

A really nice loop. There is a beaver in there somewhere but couldn't find his home.

Beware !!! Hunters with guns on trails !!!

trail running
3 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!

Great for kids and dogs, not too much traffic. Had a 4, 6, 10 and 11 year old. Challenging but not too difficult for the little ones but interesting for the older kids.

We loved this, great visitor center (where we starred)!beautiful lake, interesting military structures, we extended our walk and went to the river and loved what we saw- the rail trail, pretty bridge over the river and some side marshes. The last half of the walk was nondescript but wrapped up a great 3 hour walk

Fun and interesting, a lake, the river, boardwalks, pretty views. Lots to see

trail running
3 months ago

Parked at Kendrick Street parking area then headed south around the Pond. Continued on Blue Heron Trail over to Powell's Island then south again under train tracks to south end of property. Returned via the island then over to the western side of the Blue Heron Trail (which is kind of close to Rt 128). As per the Mass DCR: This 600-acre park protects the largest freshwater marsh on the middle Charles River. This park is a great spot for birdwatchers, and it also features eskers, or riverbeds formed inside a glacier; drumlins, long hills formed by glaciers; and Kendrick pond.

3 months ago

Love this trail for quick walk. Mostly flat and well traveled. Peaceful with nice view of river. Also when I measured it is actually 4.7 miles round trip not 3.7.

Great hike, perfect for an hour outside

Really fun loop with great views of Long Pond. Mostly smooth single track with a couple of short sections that are fairly technical. Overall, a great place for a run in the woods!

Lovely views over the lake. Peaceful. Easy / smooth walk. Took about 50 minutes total.

3 months ago

Decent outing. I found the trail we’re not well marked however plenty of friendly folks

3 months ago

Very relaxing walk in the woods with my dog!

on Benedict Pond Loop Trail

4 months ago

Beautiful views, very quiet and peaceful. Wonderful for young children to enjoy

To be honest trails are flat and fairly boring . The main trail is paved . I think would be a better biking trail than hiking trail . Several old ammo bunkers on trails . Putter Pond is nice but mainly uninteresting.

4 months ago

Actually it’s 4.7 miles in and out from parking lot to end and back. Very peaceful and scenic.

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