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Trails are the heart of our parks and DCR wants them to be the heart of a healthy lifestyle. Statewide, over 70 trails will be designated in the hope that Massachusetts residents will make them part of their regular exercise routine. Healthy Heart trails will be identified by a green heart symbol, will measure approximately 1.5 miles or less in length, and are easy to moderate in activity level. The program offers a great way to have fun and get exercise in a low cost way!

As part of DCR's Healthy Heart Initiative, we have created a tracking chart for you to download and chronicle your walking experiences throughout the summer. We encourage walkers to visit Healthy Heart Trails in their neighborhood or across the state and to reach a goal of 75 miles walked by Labor Day. Join the Healthy Heart list serve for more information about how to achieve this goal and how to celebrate the success. Download Walking Log pdf format of Walking Log
xls format of Walking Log

M = Mileage | AL = Activity Level | ADA = ADA Accessible

Boston RegionCommunityName of TrailStart PointMALADA
Chestnut Hills Reservation BostonReservoir LoopBegins at the bath house1.5EasyNo
Cutler Park Needham, DedhamKendrick Pond LoopStart at the bulletin board at the parking lot on Kendrick Street(Needham).1.25EasyNo
Beaver Brook BelmontLoop starting in main parking lotBegins at the main parking area on waver.75EasyYes
Nantasket Beach HullPromenadeFrom Ocean Club1.5EasyYes
Houghton's Pond MiltonYellow Dot Trail Loop around pondHoughton's Pond Parking Lot1EasyNo
Middlesex Fells Reservation Malden, Medford, Melrose,Stoneham, WinchesterSpot Pond LoopBegins at the Botume House.0.6EasyYes
Breakheart Reservation Saugus, WakefieldFox Run Trail to Saugus River TrailTrail begins off main parking lot near visitor center1.4ModerateNo
Belle Isle Marsh Reservation East BostonBelle Isle Meadow LoopStart at the main parking lot off Bennington Street, East Boston0.6EasyYes
Charles River Reservation Esplanade BostonEsplanade LoopPath begins at the Lee Pool Park Lot.1.5EasyYes
Charles River Reservation (upper) Waltham/NewtonBridge to Farwell Street LoopBegins at the Bridge and California Street intersection in Newton1.6ModerateNo
Charles River Reservation (upper) Waltham/NewtonFarwell to Elm Street LoopBegins at the Farwell Street Bridge in Newton1.6ModerateYes
Charles River Reservation (upper) Waltham/NewtonGalen to Bridge Street LoopBegins at Watertown square, Watertown at the Galen and Main Street intersection1.6EasyYes
Charles River Reservation (upper) Waltham/NewtonMoody to Prospect Street LoopBegins at the Moody Street Bridge at Waltham Center1EasyYes
Charles River Reservation (upper) Waltham/NewtonProspect Street to Forest Grove LoopBegins at Prospect Street Bridge in Waltham1ModerateNo
Wollaston Beach QuincyThe Manet Community Center Road to Health TrailGranite Markers every half mile.2EasyYes
Pope John Paul II Park DorchesterPark LoopsAt main parking lot off of Gallivan near the playground2EasyNo
Nahant Beach Promenade LynnNahant Beach Promenade TrailBegins at park entrance near the bulletin board0.8EasyYes
Webb State Park WeymouthStone dust ocean viewsParking Lot.1ModerateNo
Stony Brook Reservation Hyde Park and West RoxburyThe Paved LoopStart at the parking lot by gate 21 on Enneking Parking(near the intersection with Smithfield Road).1.5ModerateNo
Revere Beach Reservation RevereRevere Beach Boulevard TrailStart along the sidewalk east of the Eliot Circle Rotary.0.8EasyYes
Mary O'Mallery Park ChelseaMary O Malley LoopBegins at the bath house.1EasyYes
Spectacle Island BostonPerimeter TrailVisitors' Center1.5ModerateYes
Castle Island Boston Castle Island Loop pdf format of Castle Island Trail Map
At the junction of the playground and main path.75EasyNo
Pleasure Bay Boston Pleasure Bay Loop Link to the image file. At Playground1.9EasyYes
Neponset River Greenway Boston-MiltonNeponset Greenway TrailJust before route 3 underpass adjacent to the main loop at PJP.2EasyNo

 

North RegionCommunityName of TrailStart PointMALADA
Bradley Palmer State Park TopsfieldInterpretive Trails #46 and #2Interpretive Trail #46 behind the Headquarters Building1.2EasyNo
Callahan State Park FraminghamBackpacker/Acorn TrailBroad Meadow Parking Lot.1.5ModerateNo
Harold Parker State Forest North AndoverAccessible Trail at Berry PondPavilion Parking Lot on Middleton Road1EasyYes
Cochituate State Park FraminghamSnake Brook TrailRt 27 in Wayland. Parking is available next to the trail head at Einstein's Bagels1.5ModerateYes
Halibut Point State Park RockportSelf-Guided TrailKiosk at the front of the Parking Lot.1.3ModerateNo
Great Brook Farm State Park CarlislePine Point LoopPark at Canoe Launch. Trail starts after the gate2EasyNo
Hopkinton State Park HopkintonSelf-Guided TrailTrail Head is directly adjacent to the Boat Rental Parking lot.1.5ModerateNo
Lowell Heritage State Park LowellLowell EsplanadePark at Rynne Bathouse located at 160 Pawtucket Blvd.1.5EasyYes
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest LowellFamily Loop TrailPark at end of Trotting Park Rd. Trail starts after the gate on your left.1.5ModerateNo
Maudslay State Park NewburyportPasture TrailAcross from the main parking lot.1.4ModerateNo
Upton State Forest UptonCC Way-Park Road-Middle RoadTrailhead at the Parking Lot2ModerateNo
Walden Pond State Reservation ConcordPond pathJunction of the main beach and pond path *not accessible to certain types of baby strollers.1.7EasyNo

 

South RegionCommunityName of TrailStart PointMALADA
Borderland State Park North EastonPart of Pond WalkVisitor's Center1.5EasyNo
Fall River Heritage State Park Fall RiverBoardwalkVisitor's Center.75EasyYes
Ellisville Harbor State Park BostonRuth Walker TrailPark Lot.1EasyNo
Horseneck Beach State Reservation WestportBeach RoadBridge Street2EasyYes
F. Gilbert Hills State Forest FoxboroHiking TrailForest Headquarters-Trailhead1.5EasyNo
Nasketucket MattapoisettBridle TrailParking lot-trailhead1EasyNo
Manuel F. Correllus State Forest Martha's VineyardDr. Fischer RoadForest Headquarters on Sanderson Ave. in Edgartown.3.4EasyNo
Nickerson State Park BrewsterOber TrailArea 1 and Amphitheater Parking Lot1.5ModerateNo
Myles Standish State Forest CarverEasthead Reservoir TrailForest Headquarters Lower Parking Lot3ModerateNo
Shawme-Crowell State Forest SandwichTilly Turkey Trot Trail, Ruth Walker TrailField between Area 1 and 2.1EasyNo
Scusset Beach State Reservation SandwichCape Cod Canal PathwayStart at Scussett Beach State Reservation, park at either the Fish Pier or Jetty parking lots5EasyYes
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve FalmouthQuashnet River TrailMartin Road2.5ModerateNo
Wompatuck State Park HinghamWompatuckLower Visitor Central Parking Lot1.25EasyYes

 

Central RegionCommunityName of TrailStart PointMALADA
Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park UxbridgeBlackstone Canal Towpath TrailTri River Health Center Parking Lot1EasyNo
Douglas State Forest Douglas Southern New England Trunkline Trail Parking area at the end of Depot Street1-out and back route is ½ mile each wayEasy:  Unpaved gravel and sand; wide, level and smooth trailNo
Douglas State Forest Douglas Southern New England Trunkline Trail Parking area at the end of Depot Street1-out and back route is ½ mile each way

Moderate: due to the moguls.  When it is smoothed out, it will be easy.

 

No
Douglas State Forest DouglasBird Blind and Cedar Swamp TrailsGravel road near rest rooms1ModerateNo
Chicopee Memorial State Park ChicopeeSnake Brook TrailBase of the Recreation Area Parking Lot2.4EasyYes
Moore State park PaxtonHealthy Heart TrailKiosk in parking lot on Sawmill Road1ModerateNo
Otter River State Forest BaldwinvilleWilder McKenzieNear Campsite 56 in Otter River SF or along the day use road in Lake Dennison RA1.2EasyNo
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation SuttonCharle's Loop TrailStart on trail to the right of the Chasm entrance1ModerateNo
Hampton Ponds State Park WestfieldBeach to Beach Loop TrailKingsley Beach1EasyNo
Quinsigamond State Park WorcesterLake Park Walking TrailLake Park entrance, across from tennis courts1EasyNo
Southern New England Trunkline Trail Franklin Southern New England Trunkline Trail (Bordering Franklin State Forest, this segment of trail may be considered in South Region, but beyond the Towns of Franklin and Bellingham it connects to the Central Region trail system.)232 Grove Street, Franklin MA

1-out and back route is ½ mile each way

2.5-Longer option is to continue for 2.5 mile roundtrip to Prospect Street crossing.

EasyNo
Dunn Pond State Park GardnerDunn Pond Loop TrailBeach and picnic area near the Pond House1EasyYes
Elwell Recreation Area NorthhamptonNorwottuck Rail TrailElwell Parking Lot1.25EasyYes
Mt. Tom State Reservation HolyokeBray Loop TrailParking Lot by Comfort Station1.6EasyNo
Wells State Park SturbridgeMill Pond TrailMain parking lot just beyond Contact Station1EasyNo
Wendell State Forest WendellFriendly/Loop TrailStart at the beach area at Ruggles Pond1.5EasyNo

 

West RegionCommunityName of TrailStart PointMALADA
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Lanesborough, Cheshire, AdamsAshuwillticook Rail TrailBerkshire Mall Rd. Park at Lanesboro/Discover Berkshire Visitor Center-Depot St., Adams.11EasyYes
Beartown State Forest MontereyBenedict Pond Loop TrailsBoat Ramp Parking Area at Benedict Pond.1.5EasyNo
DAR State Forest GoshenAccessible TrailAccessible Boat Rampon Upper Highland Lake0.4EasyYes
Tolland State Forest East OtisGilmore Short Loop TrailTolland Boat Ramp Parking1EasyNo
Mt. Greylock State Reservation LanesboroughBradley Farm Loop TrailVisitor Center in Lanesborough1.8EasyNo
Pittsfield State Forest PittsfieldTranquility TrailAcross from Ski Lodge Parking Lot.75EasyYes
Sandisfield State Forest, York Lake New MarlboroughYork Lake Loop TrailYork Lake Picnic Area2.2EasyNo
Natural Bridge State Park North AdamsElder TrailThe trail head is located 30 yards behind the Visitor Center driveway..03EasyNo