As springtime approaches, there’s nothing quite like a nice walk to stretch your legs before or after a busy day.
In Burlington, MA, there are many great accessible trails and paths that you can explore. So, whether you’re seeking an afternoon walk or a morning job, here are 4 great trails for you to discover.
The Burlington Landlocked Forest
The Burlington Landlocked Forest is a fantastic place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
As the Friends of the Burlington Landlocked Forest put it, “In our concretized, urban landscape, the Landlocked Forest of Burlington is an oasis of forest, wildlife, and natural beauty.”
The forest is nestled between Routes 63, 3, and 128 in Burlington. Here, visitors can explore around 13 miles of trails suitable for walking and running. The paths are also friendly for bicyclists, snow-shoers, cross-country skiers, and dog walkers.
While the Town of Burlington owns the area, the best way to access it is through its parking lot off Turning Mill Road in Lexington, MA.
The Mill Pond Conservation Area
The Mill Pond Conservation Area is 140-acres of conservation land that surrounds the Mill Pond Reservoir. Here, trail-goers can take in the beautiful views of the landscape whilst explaining relatively easy to traverse trails.
The area can accommodate walkers, bikers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers. Visitors can also bring picnics on a carry-in, carry-out basis. In addition, trail explorers may bring their dogs, granted that they are leashed at all times.
Group picnics, overnight camping, and horse riding are also allowed pending permission from Conservation Commission and under the right conditions.
According to Burlington.org, “Visitors can park at the Water Treatment Plant on Winter Street
or at the access point off of Town Line Road. There is also access at the end of Makechnie Road, the end of Hansen Avenue, and the end of Wellesley Avenue, though parking at those locations is difficult or prohibited.”
Mary Cummings Park
The Mary Cummings Park is a 200+ acre park sitting on the Burlington-Woburn border. The park features many short, easy-to-follow trails that you can explore throughout.
The Park also hosts themed/group nature walks throughout the year to give visitors a closer look at the park and its natural beauty. The park also contains various vernal pools, holding their own eco discoveries.
If you would like to preview the park before going or wish to take in its natural beauty from home, be sure to visit their 360 views page on the Friends of Mary Cummings Park website.
Here, you can find a map of all colored trails, including the different types of areas found inside the park. For parking, there are various locations off Miller, Blanchard, and Cambridge Roads.