Appleton Farms-Grass Rides

Hamilton, Massachusetts 01936

Appleton Farms-Grass Rides

Appleton Farms-Grass Rides Professional Guide

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"Explore the Northwestern acres of Appleton Farms, following an old steeplechase course and trails through forested wetlands. Starting at the parking area, cross the field, following the avenue of maples over a wide, firm, and flat carriage road to an entrance to the Grass Rides located beyond the bog at the edge of the woods.

Managed by The Trustees of Reservations, Appleton Farms is still a working farm, producing high-quality hay, milk, meat, and produce."

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"The name “Grass Rides” stems from this property’s original function hosting carriage roads. The word “ride” comes from Europe to designate a path made for horseback riding. Horse-drawn carriages raced here in the late 1800s and early 1900s, which is why the main trails are remarkably level and wide, looping through thick forest. Appleton is considered to be the oldest farm in continuous operation in the United States; some plantings within these vast farmlands date back to 1638, when the town of Ipswich granted the land to Thomas Appleton. However, it was only relatively recently, in 1998, that Appleton Farms was opened to the public with an additional 4 miles of trails and community-supported agriculture." Read more
Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
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"Renowned for its miles of “grass avenues” bordered by woods, Appleton Farms Grass Rides has welcomed dogs and their owners for more than thirty years. Due to its increasing popularity, The Trustees of Reservations has implemented a Green Dogs Program that requires a free (to members) dog-walking permit in exchange for agreeing to follow the Grass Rides dog etiquette. The pilot program allows responsible owners to walk their dogs leash free." Read more

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2 hours
The Trustees of Reservations, 617-542-7696
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