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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 ReservationBostonReservoir LoopBegins at the bath house1.5EasyNo
Cutler ParkNeedham, DedhamKendrick Pond LoopStart at the bulletin board at the parking lot on Kendrick Street(Needham).1.25EasyNo
Beaver BrookBelmontLoop starting in main parking lotBegins at the main parking area on waver.75EasyYes
Nantasket BeachHullPromenadeFrom Ocean Club1.5EasyYes
Houghton's PondMiltonYellow Dot Trail Loop around pondHoughton's Pond Parking Lot1EasyNo
Middlesex Fells ReservationMalden, Medford, Melrose,Stoneham, WinchesterSpot Pond LoopBegins at the Botume House.0.6EasyYes
Breakheart ReservationSaugus, WakefieldFox Run Trail to Saugus River TrailTrail begins off main parking lot near visitor center1.4ModerateNo
Belle Isle Marsh ReservationEast BostonBelle Isle Meadow LoopStart at the main parking lot off Bennington Street, East Boston0.6EasyYes
Charles River Reservation EsplanadeBostonEsplanade 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 BeachQuincyThe Manet Community Center Road to Health TrailGranite Markers every half mile.2EasyYes
Pope John Paul II ParkDorchesterPark LoopsAt main parking lot off of Gallivan near the playground2EasyNo
Nahant Beach PromenadeLynnNahant Beach Promenade TrailBegins at park entrance near the bulletin board0.8EasyYes
Webb State ParkWeymouthStone dust ocean viewsParking Lot.1ModerateNo
Stony Brook ReservationHyde 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 ReservationRevereRevere Beach Boulevard TrailStart along the sidewalk east of the Eliot Circle Rotary.0.8EasyYes
Mary O'Mallery ParkChelseaMary O Malley LoopBegins at the bath house.1EasyYes
Spectacle IslandBostonPerimeter TrailVisitors' Center1.5ModerateYes
Castle IslandBostonCastle Island Loop pdf format of Castle Island Trail Map
At the junction of the playground and main path.75EasyNo
Pleasure BayBostonPleasure Bay Loop Link to the image file.At Playground1.9EasyYes
Neponset River GreenwayBoston-MiltonNeponset Greenway TrailJust before route 3 underpass adjacent to the main loop at PJP.2EasyNo


North RegionCommunityName of TrailStart PointMALADA
Bradley Palmer State ParkTopsfieldInterpretive Trails #46 and #2Interpretive Trail #46 behind the Headquarters Building1.2EasyNo
Callahan State ParkFraminghamBackpacker/Acorn TrailBroad Meadow Parking Lot.1.5ModerateNo
Harold Parker State ForestNorth AndoverAccessible Trail at Berry PondPavilion Parking Lot on Middleton Road1EasyYes
Cochituate State ParkFraminghamSnake Brook TrailRt 27 in Wayland. Parking is available next to the trail head at Einstein's Bagels1.5ModerateYes
Halibut Point State ParkRockportSelf-Guided TrailKiosk at the front of the Parking Lot.1.3ModerateNo
Great Brook Farm State ParkCarlislePine Point LoopPark at Canoe Launch. Trail starts after the gate2EasyNo
Hopkinton State ParkHopkintonSelf-Guided TrailTrail Head is directly adjacent to the Boat Rental Parking lot.1.5ModerateNo
Lowell Heritage State ParkLowellLowell EsplanadePark at Rynne Bathouse located at 160 Pawtucket Blvd.1.5EasyYes
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State ForestLowellFamily Loop TrailPark at end of Trotting Park Rd. Trail starts after the gate on your left.1.5ModerateNo
Maudslay State ParkNewburyportPasture TrailAcross from the main parking lot.1.4ModerateNo
Upton State ForestUptonCC Way-Park Road-Middle RoadTrailhead at the Parking Lot2ModerateNo
Walden Pond State ReservationConcordPond 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 ParkNorth EastonPart of Pond WalkVisitor's Center1.5EasyNo
Fall River Heritage State ParkFall RiverBoardwalkVisitor's Center.75EasyYes
Ellisville Harbor State ParkBostonRuth Walker TrailPark Lot.1EasyNo
Horseneck Beach State ReservationWestportBeach RoadBridge Street2EasyYes
F. Gilbert Hills State ForestFoxboroHiking TrailForest Headquarters-Trailhead1.5EasyNo
Franklin State ForestFranklinUnnamed 1.2ModerateNo
NasketucketMattapoisettBridle TrailParking lot-trailhead1EasyNo
Manuel F. Correllus State ForestMartha's VineyardDr. Fischer RoadForest Headquarters on Sanderson Ave. in Edgartown.3.4EasyNo
Nickerson State ParkBrewsterOber TrailArea 1 and Amphitheater Parking Lot1.5ModerateNo
Myles Standish State ForestCarverEasthead Reservoir TrailForest Headquarters Lower Parking Lot3ModerateNo
Rehoboth State Forest RehobothPine LoopMain parking area1.25ModerateNo
Shawme-Crowell State ForestSandwichTilly Turkey Trot Trail, Ruth Walker TrailField between Area 1 and 2.1EasyNo
Scusset Beach State ReservationSandwichCape Cod Canal PathwayStart at Scussett Beach State Reservation, park at either the Fish Pier or Jetty parking lots5EasyYes
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research ReserveFalmouthQuashnet River TrailMartin Road2.5ModerateNo
Wompatuck State ParkHinghamWompatuckLower Visitor Central Parking Lot1.25EasyYes


Central RegionCommunityName of TrailStart PointMALADA
Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State ParkUxbridgeBlackstone 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.


Douglas State ForestDouglasBird Blind and Cedar Swamp TrailsGravel road near rest rooms1ModerateNo
Chicopee Memorial State ParkChicopeeSnake Brook TrailBase of the Recreation Area Parking Lot2.4EasyYes
Moore State parkPaxtonHealthy Heart TrailKiosk in parking lot on Sawmill Road1ModerateNo
Otter River State ForestBaldwinvilleWilder McKenzieNear Campsite 56 in Otter River SF or along the day use road in Lake Dennison RA1.2EasyNo
Purgatory Chasm State ReservationSuttonCharle's Loop TrailStart on trail to the right of the Chasm entrance1ModerateNo
Hampton Ponds State ParkWestfieldBeach to Beach Loop TrailKingsley Beach1EasyNo
Quinsigamond State ParkWorcesterLake 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.

Dunn Pond State ParkGardnerDunn Pond Loop TrailBeach and picnic area near the Pond House1EasyYes
Elwell Recreation AreaNorthhamptonNorwottuck Rail TrailElwell Parking Lot1.25EasyYes
Mt. Tom State ReservationHolyokeBray Loop TrailParking Lot by Comfort Station1.6EasyNo
Wells State ParkSturbridgeMill Pond TrailMain parking lot just beyond Contact Station1EasyNo
Wendell State ForestWendellFriendly/Loop TrailStart at the beach area at Ruggles Pond1.5EasyNo


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