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Purgatory Chasm Trail

Sutton, MA

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Purgatory Chasm Trail is a 1 mile out and back trail located near Sutton, Massachusetts and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking & hiking and is accessible from May until November.

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Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary (Massachusetts Audubon) - Woodland Wonderland Trail
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40 Completed 6 Reviews

Nice easy hike through woods or along an inland salt pond. Bird watching and nature abound. Mosquito's and biting fly's also are with you during the hike, unless it's windy. The nature center is nice, great for kids and bathrooms are clean and new. A nice get-away spot for the whole family.

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Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary - Beach, Pond, and Forest Trail
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40 Completed 6 Reviews

This is a nice trail at the end of a dirt road. The hiking is mostly through the well marked tails. But you can take a trail to the beach, but they don't allow swimming, sunbathing, eating, etc. So just beach combing. It's a relatively short system of trails an easy for the whole family.

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Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary - Beach, Pond, and Forest Trail
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40 Completed 6 Reviews

It would seem the civilization has taken over this trail. We tried several times to find it; down dirt roads marked private everywhere and new homes and new lots for homes dotted along the dirt road(s). Either this trail has been lost due to these new homes, or AllTrails got the location wrong.

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Purgatory Chasm Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

grew up with purgatory as my backyard, literally my folks property abuts the state forest on Mendon Rd...rode and hiked every trail this place has to offer. BUMMED! to see that biking is outlawed here due to an unfortunate tragedy involving a young kid on a bike. It's a shame to see how places like this handle these types of misfortunes..banning an entire sport is NOT a solution IMO. I will continue to ride there when I visit my folks and I hope to see this biking ban lifted at some point in the near future.

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Maudslay State Park
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48 Completed 6 Reviews

Had a lovely time walking the numerous trails. The Trail markings are next to none except at a few intersections. The Trail maps are great but many side trails didn't appear to be listed.
Nice quiet area to visit. It will be even nicer snowshoeing and Nordic skiing.

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Mount Toby Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

No view if you don't climb the fire tower at the top. And a little hint...when you get to the loop, go left for the gradual climb...otherwise it's straight up, and pretty tough...learned the hard way.

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The Fields of Newton, Boston
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33 Completed 23 Reviews

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Walden Pond State Reservation
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18 Completed 12 Reviews

Walden Pond can turn out to be either a great experience or a complete bust. It gets SUPER crowded in the summer. Like, you have to get here before 9am or you'll be turned away - and that means no walk-ins, no bike-ins, nada. Parking is $5, like already mentioned, but the Mass ParkPass works - that's the one that costs $35 and lets you get into any state park for free. The trail is VERY well traveled and gets muddy in spring/fall from all the activity. By the way, NO JOGGING ALLOWED! The pond is a hotspot for triathlon activity, so you'll see a lot of swimmers. Lots of fishing (and it's pretty great!) and kayaking. So, if you are looking for tranquility, find it elsewhere, OR: get off the beaten path. There is Goose Pond Trail leaving right from behind the main parking lot. On the other side of the pond, cross the railroad tracks and you'll find yourself in Adams Land/Wright Woods - plenty of awesome trails here, you can trot down to Fairhaven Bay on the Concord River and take in the nature in pretty much complete solitude, save for a kayaker or two.

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Minuteman Bikeway
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18 Completed 12 Reviews

As one of the most heavily-used trails in the country, it gets pretty crowded. You get a diverse mix of commuters, road bikers, rollerbladers, pedestrians, joggers, one or two random guys on an elliptical-bike, and lots of parents with strollers (one of the segments on Strava is named "Stroller Slalom" - HAH!). It usually gets better after you pass Trader Joes in Arlingon. My favorite parts are by the Meadows in Arlington/Lexington and past Lexington, when the trail gets a little 'wilder'. Several sections of the trail have been recently repaved and the lane markings on the whole trail repainted. Bonus points: you can bike all the way to Davis Square. Or, if you have the right bike, you can continue on the unpaved Reformatory Branch Trail in Bedford. You can hop off your bike and do some hiking in the Great Meadow in Arlington or the Parker Meadow Conservation Area in Lexington. In Bedford there's Hartwell Town Forest with some trails. Check OpenStreetMap for more info. Oh, an the trail gets plowed in the winter - how great is that!

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Cutler Park Reservation
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18 Completed 12 Reviews

This is a pretty great trail to do when you're out of ideas and don't want to drive far; in the winter (just the pond section), or when the weather is super-nice and flowers are blooming/leaves are turning. You can do a short "Healthy Heart" loop around the pond, or you can do a much longer loop around the river. The west bank is a much nicer trail and features a scenic swamp crossing. Many mountain bikers use this trail, so beware!

If you want to do a 6-mile loop, there is an unofficial shortcut across the river using the commuter rail bridge. If you stay on the Blue Heron trail and reach the tunnel under the tracks, take a left and follow the tracks and powerlines for a bit, there will be more swampland to your right. Eventually, you'll reach the river and you'll have to cross the tracks and go downhill through a giant hole in a wire fence (which is probably frowned upon) - that puts you into Newton's Millennium Park. From here you can continue the trail, but it's nothing great - eventually it dumps you into some office parking lots and it's hard to pick it up at times, as the blue heron marks on the pavement have faded with time.

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