Great places to walk outside this summer.
Summer 2020 is upon us!
It’s time to get outside (Finally!!!) and explore the New England parks and walking trails close to home. Here are some great “Robbie Approved” scenic walking and exercise trails to enjoy this summer!
Millenium Park – West Roxbury
Distance from Dedham Health – 2.4 Miles
Description – The park consists of six miles of handicapped-accessible walking trails, playing fields, a canoe launch on the Charles, a nature trail, and wonderful views of the Blue Hills, Newton’s hills, and downtown Boston.
Cutler Park – Needham
Distance from Dedham Health – 2.8 Miles
Description -The 800 acres known as Cutler Park comprise the largest remaining fresh water marsh on the middle Charles River. The marshland and the small lake attract over 100 species of birds.
Chestnut Hill Reservation – Chestnut Hill
Distance from Dedham Health – 6.5 Miles
Description -A popular 1.5-mile circular path with pleasant vistas of Back Bay skyscrapers.
Arnold Arboretum – Jamaica Plain and Roslindale
Distance from Dedham Health – 5.1 Miles
Description -The Arnold Arboretum’s 281-acre landscape is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.The landscape is lush and overflowing with every shade of green, as well as myriad colors in flowering shrubs and trees.
Jamaica Pond – Jamaica Plain
Distance from Dedham Health – 6.6 Miles
Description -The 1.5-mile path around the pond is a favorite of joggers and dog walkers alike. The fields above the Sugar Bowl are the perfect place to picnic or play a little wiffle ball with your family. Among free things to do in Boston, the popular Summer Sundays in the Park attracts families and friends to scenic Pinebank Promontory for outdoor Sunday evening concerts and movies
Franklin Park – Roxbury
Distance from Dedham Health – 8.0 Miles
Description – The park has six miles of roads and fifteen miles of pedestrian and bridle paths. With an annual children’s festival and special events throughout the year, the park is a popular destination for area residents, school children and visitors from across the region.The park has miles of some of the best walking trails in the city. Scarboro Pond, Ellicott Arch and the Wilderness, a historic forest, are special places to visit.
Brookline Reservoir Park – Brookline
Distance from Dedham Health – 7.2 Miles
Description – The Brookline Reservoir property is a man-made body of water approximately 1 mile in circumference. A jogging / walking track encircles the reservoir. The entire park is visible from virtually the entire perimeter, while the details of the property become observable when walking along the circular path. Most of the park is set below the surrounding roads, creating a feel of separation between the park and abutting lands.
Larz Anderson Park – Brookline
Distance from Dedham Health – 5.8 Miles
Description – Larz Anderson Park is a wooded, landscaped, and waterscaped 64-acre parkland in Brookline. The largest park in Brookline, was formerly the Larz Anderson estate. It is composed of large expanses of lawn at the top of the hill, playing fields, and sweeping slopes. At the highest point, where the main house stood, there are exceptional views of Boston. The hill provides opportunities for active and passive recreation that are not available elsewhere in town. The grassy slopes provide a premier spot for sledding, watching sunsets, observing stars, kite flying and simply running on the slopes.
Wilson Mountain Reservation – Dedham
Distance from Dedham Health – 2.4 Miles
Description – Wilson Mountain Reservation is 207 acres of wild and varied terrain. Large tangled thickets of rhododendrons grow on a hillside. Wilson Mountain is the highest point in Dedham at 295 feet. While not a true mountain, it does provide hilltop views of the surrounding area. It features hiking trails, open space and a summit view of the Boston skyline, and is an important wildlife preserve.
Hale Reservation – Westwood
Distance from Dedham Health – 4.4 Miles
Description – Hale is private non-profit educational organization with 1,137 acres of land, 20 miles of trails, and 4 ponds in Westwood and Dover, Massachusetts. Hale’s land includes numerous ponds and streams, miles of trails, a 3600 BCE Native American feldsite quarry, and multiple stone walls and foundations from colonial-era farm houses.
Blue Hills Reservation – Milton
Distance from Dedham Health – 5.0 Miles
Description – Located only minutes from the bustle of downtown Boston, the DCR Blue Hills Reservation stretches over 7,000 acres from Quincy to Dedham, Milton to Randolph, providing a green oasis in an urban environment. Rising above the horizon, Great Blue Hill reaches a height of 635 feet, the highest of the 22 hills in the Blue Hills chain. From the rocky summit visitors can see over the entire metropolitan area. With its scenic views, varied terrain and 125 miles of trails, the Blue Hills Reservation offers year-round enjoyment for the outdoor enthusiast.
Dedham Health and Athletic Complex
June 5, 2020