Since the Wachusett shoreline can be walked for many miles, there are so many options for exploring this lovely place. There are quite a few trails overall for hiking, jogging, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or just leisurely enjoying the beautiful views of the reservoir. Dogs and horses are not allowed, most likely to protect the drinking water as well as preserve the flora and fauna of this absolutely beautiful reservoir. Fishing is allowed from the shore, not by boat, and swimming is not allowed. We decided to enter gate # 8 across the street from Cross St on route 70. We hiked for about 2 hrs on the trails and covered around 5 miles. The trails were easy to navigate with a mix of short and steep ascents and some longer more gradual ascents and descents. There is some good bird-watching here, too, especially if you like waterfowl. I love the loons. We also saw egrets, shorebirds, wood ducks, ruddy ducks, buffleheads, grebes, coots, and moorhens.