September 12, 2014
Massachusetts fall foliage is some of the most beautiful in New England. As the season draws near, visitors and locals have the opportunity to see Massachusetts fall foliage in the most spectacular natural settings. Here, the Trustees of Reservations and Eco News Network offer ideas on some of the best places to see Massachsuetts Fall foliage.
Grab a friend or your family, pack a picnic and head out to some of these delightful Massachusetts fall foliage leaf-peeping destinations below, all less than a tank away and open to the public from sunrise to sunset. For more information about these leaf-peeping properties, as well as many more, call 978.921.1944 or visit www.thetrustees.org.
APPLETON FARMS & GRASS RIDES, Hamilton and Ipswich, MA Explore the farmstead and surrounding fields and woodlands of this 375-year-old working farm filled with magnificent color. Five miles of trails originally designed for horse-and-carriage lead through the Grass Rides.
STAVROS RESERVATION, Essex, MA The salt marshes and surrounding landscapes of the North Shore flood with color each season. Enjoy an easy ascent to the coastal hilltop at Stavros and be rewarded with panoramic views of Crane Beach and the Essex River estuary. A great “firs leaf-peeping hike”, pack a picnic and enjoy the views!
RAVENSWOOD PARK, Gloucester, MA This family and dog friendly network of old carriage roads and woodland trails meanders through 600 acres. From the Ledge Hill Trial with magical fern-covered boulders to a trek to the overlook of Gloucester Harbor, Ravenswood Park offers the leaf-peeper an eyeful of color.
WEIR HILL, North Andover, MA Ascend the Stevens Trail to a scenic overlook offering panoramic views across a colorful carpet of Merrimack Valley woodlands. On a clear day, you can see as far as New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock.
NOANET WOODLANDS, Dover, MA From the summit of modest Noanet Peak, enjoy an unexpected view of the Boston skyline – and of healthy suburban woodlands in full foliage color. You can also walk 17miles of leaf-covered cart paths and trails on loop routes that return you to your starting point in one hour or four, depending on your plans.
ROCKY WOODS, Medfield, MA A quintessential destination for families, more than six miles of loop trail offer everything from easy loops to longer forays on carriage roads and cart paths through woods and wetlands and to the top of the 435-foot Cedar Hill. For more relaxed leaf-peeping, bring your fishing pole and picnic lunch and relax at Chickering Pond.
TURKEY HILL, Hingham & Cohasset, MA The hilltop’s broad field offers vistas of South Shore woodlands and Massachusetts Bay. Enjoy the field’s fading goldenrod, the reds and oranges of maple and oak in the middle distance, and beyond, the blue ocean.
BIRD PARK, Walpole, MA The park’s fields, wooded hillsides, and water courses explode in color. Beeches lining the allée at the Polley Lane entrance glow orange-red, while massive oaks and catalpa trees rise above the playground in clouds of yellow and orange.
CENTRAL & WESTERN MASS
ROCK HOUSE RESERVATION, West Brookfield, MA Carter Pond becomes a kaleidoscope when the trees lining its shores reflect their seasonal colors in its surface. Located only a short walk from the parking lot, this is an ideal family destination.
BRYANT HOMESTEAD, Cummington, MA The iconic estate boasts 150-foot evergreens, yellow-leaved birches, and a glen of old-growth trees. But the Homestead’s hallmark is its entrance allee of sugar maples blazing a brilliant red in the fall.
BEAR SWAMP, Ashfield, MA Follow the trail from the parking lot a few hundred yards to a serene Beaver pond, surrounded by maple, birch and other tree species showing off their colors. From the Apple Valley Overlook, enjoy a rainbow canopy of forest and to the north, the impressive Green Mountains of Vermont.
BARTHOLOMEW’S COBBLE, Sheffield, MA Boasting more forest types than anywhere else in Berkshire County, “Bart’s” foliage show is memorable. Climb the Tulip Tree trail to the top of Hurlburt’s Hill, settle onto a bench, and take in the Housatonic Valley vistas.
PEAKED MOUNTAIN, Monson, MA Explore woods roads through a former working forest and trek to a summit that rewards with panoramic views from Mount Wachusett to Vermont’s Green Mountains.
More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of irreplaceable scenic, historic, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees is the world’s oldest land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation non profits. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 112 spectacular reservations – from working farms and historic homesteads and landscaped gardens, to community parks, barrier beaches, mountain vistas and woodland trials — located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. With hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, camps, concerts and events annually designed to engage all ages in its mission, The Trustees invite you to Find Your Place and get out and experience the natural beauty and culture our state has to offer. For more information, visit: www.thetrustees.org.
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