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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces “Go Green on Black Friday” Hikes For Public to Enjoy

DCR will offer guided hikes at several state parks throughout the Commonwealth on “Black Friday,” November 26, 2021
For immediate release:
11/24/2021
  • Department of Conservation & Recreation

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces “Go Green on Black Friday” Hikes For Public to Enjoy

Carolyn Assa, Communications Director

Boston — In an effort to expand outdoor recreational opportunities for children and families across the Commonwealth, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will offer guided hikes at several state parks throughout the Commonwealth on “Black Friday,” November 26, 2021. The recommended free hikes, which are offered as part of the agency’s annual “Go Green on Black Friday” campaign, will take place at Borderland State Park in North Easton, Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, Great Falls Discovery Center in Turner Falls, Massasoit State Park in Taunton, and Wachusett Mountain State Reservation in Princeton. All hikes will be led by DCR staff over trails that range between one and five miles.

“The Commonwealth offers an incredible diversity of natural, cultural, and recreational resources, and the annual “Go Green on Black Friday” hikes provide an excellent opportunity to get outside and explore the great outdoors with friends and family,” said Acting Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Stephanie Cooper. “The Baker-Polito Administration is thrilled to continue to organize this popular annual hiking initiative, and we look forward to welcoming residents across the Commonwealth to our state parks for some fresh air and exercise again this year.” 

“Go Green on Black Friday” hikes range from light to moderately strenuous levels of difficulty, and are best for families with children ages ten and older. Details about hike locations, difficulty, length, terrain, and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on DCR’s website at www.mass.gov/dcr. Hikers are encouraged to share photos on social media by tagging @MassDCR.

Additionally, for those interested in a “green” gift on Black Friday, the DCR is offering 2022 parks passes for park users seeking to save money on parking at most Massachusetts state parks. Interested individuals may learn how to purchase here.

The DCR’s “Go Green on Black Friday” Hikes will occur at the following locations:

Borderland State Park, North Easton, MA, 1:00pm -3:00pm 

Join park staff for a 4.5-mile moderately paced hike along the Pond Walk and Bob’s Trail (mostly flat). Leashed dogs are welcome to join this hike. Route may vary. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring drinking water and a snack. Rain, snow, or icy trails will cancel. For adults and older children. Meet at the Visitor Center at 259 Massapoag Avenue in North Easton. For more info or to confirm in case of inclement weather, please call Paul at 508-238-6566. Hike is free; parking fees do apply ($5 per MA-plate vehicle and $20 per out-of-state-plate vehicle; mobile payments accepted via the YODEL app; for more info visit Parking in MA State Parks - YODEL FAQ).

Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield, MA, 11:00am-1:00pm 

The hike will be moderately-paced and approximately 2 miles with a few stops. Trails are rooty and rocky in places. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring drinking water and a snack. Rain, snow, or icy trails will cancel. Best for adults and children over 8 years old. Hike is free. Meet at the main parking lot at 40 Asbury St., Topsfield. For more info or to confirm in case of inclement weather, please call Barbara at 617-828-1728.

Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA, 1:00pm-2:30 pm 

Join park staff for a leisurely walk along the Canalside Rail Trail in Turners Falls. This walk is approximately 3 miles long, on a level paved surface making for an easy stroll appropriate for adults and children ages 8 and up. Be prepared for cold weather, dress in layers. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. The walk will begin at the front entrance to the Great Falls Discovery Center. Inclement weather or icy trail conditions will cancel. 

Massasoit State Park, East Taunton, MA 1:00pm – 3:30pm
This 4.5-mile, moderately paced recreational hike is best for adults and older children who can hike moderately challenging trails. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring drinking water and a snack. Meet at the Contact Station at the main parking lot at 1361 Middleboro Avenue in East Taunton. Hike is free (no parking fees). Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome to join us. Rain, snow, or icy trails cancel. For more information or to confirm in case of inclement weather, please call (508) 272-9376. 

Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, Princeton, MA 1:00pm-3:00pm
Join park staff at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation  for this 2.5-mile hike from Stage Coach Road to Harrington Trail and Echo Lake. The hike will be moderate, with just a few rocky places on the trail. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring drinking water and a snack. Rain, snow, or icy trails will cancel. This is a family-friendly hike. The hike is free. Meet at the Administration Road trailhead on Westminster Road. For more info or to confirm attendance, please call Visitor Services Supervisor Nick at 978-464-2987.

In the event of inclement weather conditions, hikes may be cancelled. Please check with the park prior to arriving to confirm planned hikes will take place as scheduled.  

For more information regarding programming within the Massachusetts State Parks system, please see the DCR’s Programs and Events webpage, which includes  a full list of self-guided hike  opportunities. 

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces “Go Green on Black Friday” Hikes For Public to Enjoy

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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