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

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces First Day Hikes at State Parks

Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary

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BOSTONDue to icy conditions, three of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) First Day Hikes have been cancelled for the safety of residents and participants. The agency urges all participants to contact the parks listed below and check the DCR Twitter page @MassDCR before attending a guided hike for the most up to date information. Visitors attending a hike that is proceeding as planned should wear appropriate foot wear for the conditions and bring hats, gloves, scarves, other necessary outdoor apparel and water.

Across Massachusetts, visitors to the state parks system will find opportunities to experience unique and cultural treasures that are close to home. From walking a historic canal to traversing through a forest, visitors will find themselves surrounded by the enchanting natural landscapes contained within the Commonwealth. In Massachusetts, DCR staff will lead the hikes in ten locations, which average one to two miles or longer depending on location. Details about the hikes, difficulty, length, terrain, and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on DCR’s website. Hikers are also encouraged to tweet, post, and tag photos on social media using @MassDCR and #FirstDayHikes.


In addition, three DCR ice rinks within the City of Boston will hold free public skating hours on New Year’s Day. Participating locations include Kelly Outdoor Rink in Jamaica Plain, Murphy Memorial Rink in South Boston, and Steriti Rink in the North End. 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. Skaters are also encouraged to share experiences on social media using @MassDCR and #FirstDaySkate.


The following guided hikes have been cancelled:

Walden Pond State Reservation, 12:00PM

915 Walden Street/Route 126, Concord

(978) 405-2082

The Visitor Center will be open and the Thoreau Living History Program will take place at noon. Hot chocolate and light snacks will be available. Co-Sponsored by the Walden Woods Project, the Friends Group of Walden Pond State Reservation.


Breakheart Reservation, 10:00AM

177 Forest Street, Saugus

(781) 233-0834

The Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center will be open. Clam Chowder and hot chocolate will be available. Co-Sponsored by the Friends of Breakheart.


Granville State Forest, 10:30AM

323 West Hartland Road, Granville

(413) 357-6611


The following hikes will proceed as planned:




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

287 Oak Street, Uxbridge

(508) 278-7604

Meet at the Visitor Center. Registration begins at 12:30PM. Warm up after the hike at the River Bend Farm Visitor Center with hot cocoa and conversation. Co-Sponsored by the Blackstone Heritage Corridor and Blackstone River Watershed Association.


Wachusett Reservoir, 11:00AM

211 Temple Street, West Boylston

(508) 792-7806

Meet at Gate 22 on Route 140 in West Boylston.




Harold Parker State Forest, 10:00AM

305 Middleton Road, North Andover

(978) 686-3391

Meet at the Headquarters. Warm up with a fire, hot chocolate and refreshments.
Co-sponsored by the Friends of Harold Parker.


Halibut Point State Park, 1:00PM

Gott Avenue, Rockport

(978) 546-2997

Meet at the parking lot.




Blue Hills Reservation, 12:00PM

840 Hillside St, Milton

(617) 698-1802

Activities from 12:00PM to 1:00PM. Hike starts at 1:00PM. Hot chocolate and snacks available for purchase. Arrive early, parking is limited.


Nantasket Beach, 11:00AM

212 Nantasket Ave, Hull

(781) 925-1777

Meet at Mary Jeanette Murray Bathhouse. Enjoy hot chocolate and light snacks after the hike. Co-sponsored by the Town of Hull.


Nickerson State Park, 1:00PM

3488 Main Street, Brewster

(508) 896-3491

Meet at the Main Lot by the entrance. Enjoy Hot Chocolate after the hike. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Nickerson State Park.


Shawme Crowell State Forest, 10:00AM

42 Main Street, Sandwich

(508) 888-0351

Meet at the Contact Station.




Great Falls Discovery Center, 1:00PM

2 Avenue A, Turners Falls

(413) 863-3221

Meet in the Great Hall. Hot chocolate will be served following the hike. Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center.  


Mount Greylock State Reservation, 9:30AM/12:30PM

30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough

(413) 499-4262

Meet at the Visitor Center. There will be two opportunities for a hike, pre-registration is required. Visit to register.



Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces First Day Hikes at State Parks

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.