Others visit local, taking a trip down memory lane or discovering the unfamiliar. Whether you are seafaring, trailblazing, joyriding, or globetrotting, anywhere has the potential to be astounding.
Please find a list below of some amazing places recently opened to hikers, all are in Massachusetts. Most of them are free, but some require a small parking fee.
Pictured: Maudslay State Park
Address: 74 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport, MA 01950
For a Downloadable Trail-Map & More Visit: http://www.maudslayassociation.org/
Parking: There is a parking lot across the street from the park entrance, they charge a small fee, $5.00 for Massachusetts residence and $10.00 for non-residence. Leave your parking receipt in the windshield.
Pictured: Winter Island Park
Address: 50 Winter Island Road, Salem, MA 01970
About and Activities: https://www.salem.com/winter-island-park
Parking: Plenty of free parking past the entrance gate.
Pictured: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Address: 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
For a Downloadable Trail-Map Visit: https://www.massaudubon.org/content/download/8050/145205/file/ipswich_trails.pdf
Parking: There is a huge dirt parking lot for both Mass Audobon members and non-members. You will have to book your arrival in advance through: https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/ipswich-river. Once you purchase your half-an-hour timed-entry ticket, you can stay on premise as long as you like. Tickets are free for members and 10.00 + fees for non-members.
Pictured: Osgood Hill
Address: 723 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA 01845
Grounds Information, History and Trail Map: https://www.fonat.org/osgoodhill
Parking: There is plenty of free parking behind the Stevens Estate.
Pictured: Goldsmith Woodlands
Address: 491 S. Main Street, Andover, MA 01810
Information, History and Trail Map: http://avisandover.org/goldsmith.html
Parking: There is free parking in a small dirt lot, right off the street.
Pictured: Kenoza Lake and Winnekenni Castle and Park
Address: Castle Road, Haverhill, MA 01830
Information, History and Trail Map: http://www.winnekenni.com/trailmap.html
Parking: There is plenty of free parking. You can even drive up towards the castle and park in small lots further up the hill.
Pictured: Great Meadows National Wildlife Refugee
Addresses: 73 Weir Hill, Sudbury, MA 01776 and 179 Monsen Road, Concord, MA 01742
Information and Trail Maps: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Great_Meadows/visit/plan_your_visit.html
Parking: A medium-sized lot is the designated parking area in Concord. Limited street parking is also allowed on Monsen Road.
Pictured: South Natick Dam Park
Address: 9 Pleasant Street, South Natick, MA 01760
About and Map: https://www.natickma.gov/1123/South-Natick-Dam-Park
Parking: There is a very limited amount of free street parking spots on the street.
Pictured: Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Address: 280 Elliot Street, Natick, MA 01760
Parking: There is a large dirt parking lot. You will have to book your arrival in advance through: https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/broadmoor. Once you purchase your half-an-hour timed-entry ticket, you can stay on premise as long as you like. Tickets are free for members and 10.00 + fees for non-members.
Pictured: Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Address: 310 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
Parking: There is a huge dirt parking lot. You will need to obtain a parking pass before visiting the beach (even if you are walking and even if you are a Trustees member). Parking passes for members, non-members and permit holders (scroll down to Crane Beach on the Crane Estate): http://www.thetrustees.org/COVID19/passes.html
Pictured: Steven’s Coolidge Place
Address: 137 Andover Street, North Andover, MA 01845
Parking: Free parking in a small to medium- sized dirt parking lot, directly across the street.
Pictured: Halibut Point State Park
Address: 4 Gott Avenue, Rockport, MA 01966
Parking Fee: There is a medium sized paved parking lot near the entrance to the park. There is a $5.00 fee for Massachusetts resident and $20.00 fee for non-resident. You can pay once you park at the center kiosk and place the ticket on your windshield.
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