Elm Bank Reservation

Wellesley, Massachusetts

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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 to development only makes the property that much more special. Elm Bank passed between various private owners until the 1970s when the state took over. The property still was not safe from bulldozers and concrete until ownership was passed to the Metropolitan District Commission in 1991. An exciting new development at Elm Bank is the leasing of land and buildings by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, which is working on a master plan for planting gardens on the property. Besides viewing the gardens, other activities at Elm Bank include soccer in the ball fields, canoeing in the river, picnicking, cross-country skiing, and, of course, hiking. Highlights: Riverside hiking trails, canoeing, flower gardens.
Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

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Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

by Michael Tougias (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

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 to development only makes the property that much more special. Elm Bank passed between various private owners until the 1970s when the state took over. The property still was not safe from bulldozers and concrete until ownership was passed to the Metropolitan District Commission in 1991.

An exciting new development at Elm Bank is the leasing of land and buildings by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, which is working on a master plan for planting gardens on the property. Besides viewing the gardens, other activities at Elm Bank include soccer in the ball fields, canoeing in the river, picnicking, cross-country skiing, and, of course, hiking. Highlights: Riverside hiking trails, canoeing, flower gardens.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wellesley
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 0.75 to 1 hour
Season: Best spring thru fall
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Elm Bank Reservation

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