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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces First Day Hikes at State Parks

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  • Department of Conservation & Recreation

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Mark Steffen, Press Secretary

BostonDue to cold weather, several of the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) First Day Hikes have been cancelled or modified for the safety of residents and participants. Updates on the three remaining hikes will be available on the agency’s hotline at 617-626-1450 or on Twitter @MassDCR.

Across the nation, America’s State Parks will provide opportunities to explore close-to-home natural resources spanning mountain ranges, grassland reservations, forests, beaches and islands. Visitors will often witness breathtaking vistas or overlooks while being guided by knowledgeable state park interpreters. In Massachusetts, DCR park staff will lead the hikes, which average one to three miles or longer depending on location. Details about each hike and tips to prepare are provided on DCR’s website at Visitors attending should wear appropriate foot wear for the conditions and bring hats, gloves, scarves and other necessary outdoor apparel.

In addition, several Boston ice rinks will hold free public skating hours on New Year’s Day from 11:00AM to 4:00PM. Participating locations include Kelly Outdoor Rink in Jamaica Plain, Murphy Memorial Rink in South Boston, and Steriti Rink in the North End. Steriti Rink will also be open noon – 10:00PM on Sunday, December 31. Public ice skating times and locations of DCR managed rinks can be found on the agency’s webpage, as well as a full list of all DCR owned rinks.


The following hikes have been cancelled:


Carson Beach and Dorchester Heights, 12:00PM

165 William J. Day Boulevard, South Boston


Nantasket Beach Reservation, 11:00AM

Route 3A, Hull


The following hikes and events will continue as modified:


Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, 1:00PM

287 Oak Street, Uxbridge

Participants will meet at the Visitor Center (registration begins at 12:30PM). Visitors can warm up after the hike at the River Bend Farm Visitor Center with hot chocolate. Hike will be modified due to weather.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Blackstone Heritage Corridor and the Blackstone River Watershed Association.


Walden Pond State Reservation, 12:00PM

915 Walden Street/Route 126, Concord

Participants will meet at the New Visitor Center. Hot chocolate and light snacks will be made available after the hike. Hike will be modified due to weather.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Walden Woods Project, the Friends Group of Walden Pond State Reservation.


Breakheart Reservation, 10:00AM

177 Forest Street, Saugus

No guided hike will be offered. The Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center will be open from 10:00AM to 1:00pm. Coffee and hot chocolate will be available.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Friends of Breakheart.


Blue Hills Reservation, 1:00PM

840 Hillside Street, Milton

Participants will meet at the Houghton’s Pond parking lot. Please arrive early and allow time for parking. Hot chocolate and snacks on sale at noon by Venture Scouting. Hike will be modified due to weather.


Great Falls Discovery Center, 1:00PM

2 Avenue A, Turners Falls

No guided hike will be offered. The Great Hall will be open for a hot chocolate reception.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center.


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Department of Conservation & Recreation 

DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.


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