Rocky Woods Reservation

Medfield, Massachusetts

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Rocky Woods is one of the larger properties owned by the Trustees of Reservations, and it offers a wide choice of year-round recreational activities. (Because it is so large, three walks are described here.) The focal point of the reservation is five-acre Chickering Lake, where there is catch-and-release fishing during the warmer months. Picnic tables and grills are scattered about the shoreline. Of all the activities my favorite is still hiking—or cross-country skiing in winter—on the miles of trails that pass by secluded swamps, through dense forests, and over scenic hilltops. The name Rocky Woods is appropriate; the land is a series of uneven ridges with many rocky outcrops including Whale Rock, which looks like the back of a whale rising from the forest floor. The reservation is rich in wildlife, and early morning hikers are often treated to a sighting of a fox, partridge, or a great blue heron wading in one of the ponds. Highlights: ponds, unusual rock, fishing, secluded woodland trails.
Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

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Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

by Michael Tougias (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Rocky Woods is one of the larger properties owned by the Trustees of Reservations, and it offers a wide choice of year-round recreational activities. (Because it is so large, three walks are described here.) The focal point of the reservation is five-acre Chickering Lake, where there is catch-and-release fishing during the warmer months. Picnic tables and grills are scattered about the shoreline. Of all the activities my favorite is still hiking—or cross-country skiing in winter—on the miles of trails that pass by secluded swamps, through dense forests, and over scenic hilltops.

The name Rocky Woods is appropriate; the land is a series of uneven ridges with many rocky outcrops including Whale Rock, which looks like the back of a whale rising from the forest floor. The reservation is rich in wildlife, and early morning hikers are often treated to a sighting of a fox, partridge, or a great blue heron wading in one of the ponds. Highlights: ponds, unusual rock, fishing, secluded woodland trails.

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

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Medfield
Distance: 5.5
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Best spring thru fall
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Rocky Woods Reservation

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