Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts Guide Book

by Michael Tougias (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts  by Michael Tougias

194pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 1878239716

Discover 40 picturesque trails and a wealth of wildlife within an hour of Boston. Families, hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers, and nature lovers will find this guide a wonderful resource for exploring the area's abundance of parks and nature preserves. From the deep woods to open meadow, you'll find deer, hawks, and even coyote. Information on wildlife, geology, local history, and more make each trip a rewarding experience. Each walk description includes: trail map, directions, and photos; quick reference estimates of distance, walking time, and level of difficulty; detailed descriptions of the local environment; and driving and parking instructions. This book also features the Bay Circuit Trail.

© 1998 Michael Tougias/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.
... Preview: Louis Agassiz (1807–1873), professor of natural history at Harvard University, used Agassiz Rock to support his theory, which was controversial at the time, of glacial movement. This reservation provi ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Manchester, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Tom Foster, district supervisor for the Trustees of Reservations, referred to the Norris Reservation as a “jewel.” He’s right; the trails lead from heavily forested land to the banks of the historic N ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Norwell, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: The reservation offers a nice combination of fields, wetlands, and wooded areas comprised of pine, oak, maple, cedar, and my personal favorite, the dark-green majestic hemlock. I have seen a number of ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Hamilton, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: In an effort to protect Cape Cod’s native American holly trees, horticulturist Wilfrid Wheeler began this plantation in 1925. When Massachusetts Audubon acquired the property in 1965, there were more ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
East Falmouth, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: In central Essex County, sprawled over three towns, are acres and acres of forested hills and low-lying swamp protected as conservation land. The different tracts of woods include John C. Phillips Wil ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Boxford, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 3.5
... Preview: This unique coastal property, located on Kingston Bay, offers nature lovers superb bird-watching. Shorebirds, ducks, songbirds, and birds of prey all share fields, woods, and the shore of Bay Farm. An ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Kingston, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.75
... Preview: Black Pond is a quaking cedar bog with a variety of unique plants and trees. The trail is a short one, but within a forty-minute walk you can see three environments: a mature upland forest, a swamp fo ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Norwell, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: Hiking alongside water makes an outing special, and Borderland State Park has no fewer than six ponds to explore. Add to that the combination of flat hayfields or the option to test your legs on hilly ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
North Easton, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 3.5
... Preview: Broadmoor is a sanctuary rich in both wildlife and history. Thomas Swain’s mill was built in the 1690s and was powered by the waters of Indian Brook and the holding pond, or millpond. Today you can se ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Natick, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: The Charles River is known as the people’s river or a “city river,” but when hiking at the Charles River Peninsula it is easy to feel like this portion of the Charles lies a hundred miles from civiliz ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Needham, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: Within the heart of suburbia lie acres of hilly, rocky woodlands surrounding secluded little Cranberry Pond. The region of our walk is known as the Cranberry Pond Conservation Area, which is part of t ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Holbrook, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: More than 300 acres of grasslands and 100 acres of mixed woodlands and water attract migratory birds and waterfowl to beautiful Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary. This coastal property is also home to ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Marshfield, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: Don’t let the soccer fields fool you; this reservation has miles of hiking trails through a forest that borders the Charles River. The fact that up until recently these wild acres could have been lost ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Wellesley, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: A number of rocky ridges, swamps, and secluded ponds provide the hiker with diverse scenery at the sprawling F. Gilbert Hills State Forest. The forest has a wide assortment of such trees as red pine, ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Wrentham, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Fork Factory Brook Reservation (the name comes from a nearby old iron mill that made pitchforks) is situated across the street from Rocky Woods Reservation, and while Rocky Woods is fairly well known, ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Medfield, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Finding a lake left in its natural state is rare indeed here in eastern Massachusetts. Here’s a pond that doesn’t have a single cottage on its shoreline, and the trail that circles it is open for all ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Berlin, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: Great Brook Farm has more than ten miles of trails. The most remote paths lie at the southern end of the property near Tophet Swamp. My favorite hike, however, is a shorter ramble (about an hour to an ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Carlisle, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge covers a large tract of wetlands abutting the Concord and Sudbury Rivers. The diversity of habitat found here helps make this one of the best inland birding area ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Concord, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: For wildlife and scenic beauty, town-forest land usually can’t compete with property owned by such groups as Audubon or the Trustees of Reservations. But the Harold B. Clark Town Forest is worth a vis ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Foxboro, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Shattuck Reservation has all the ingredients to support a variety of wildlife: 1.25 miles of frontage along the Charles River, broad wetlands, and upland forests of white pine, oak, and red maples tha ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Medfield, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.75