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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Encourages Residents to Get Outdoors for Free “Go Green on Black Friday” Hikes

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Encourages Residents to Get Outdoors for Free “Go Green on Black Friday” Hikes

Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary

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BOSTONThe Baker-Polito Administration today announced that on Friday, November 23, 2018, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will provide residents and visitors with free, guided hikes in six state parks as part of the Department’s annual “Go Green on Black Friday” campaign, which encourages family and friends to connect with nature on the day after Thanksgiving instead of competing with the Black Friday shopping crowds. All hikes will be led by DCR staff on trails that range between one and five miles.

“The Department of Conservation and Recreation is thrilled to offer opportunities for residents and newcomers to explore Massachusetts parklands, the ninth largest state parks system in the United States,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “The Black Friday hikes provide healthy, active alternatives for everybody to get outside, skip the holiday shopping crowds, and make memories while creating new family traditions.”

“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. Hikers are encouraged to share photos on social media by tagging @MassDCR. The DCR’s “Go Green on Black Friday” Hikes will occur at the following locations:

Mount Tom State Reservation, Holyoke, MA


Hike over old roads, trails, hillsides, and through occasional mud. Pace and terrain are moderate. The distance is approximately 2.5 miles total. Meet at the Mount Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center, 125 Reservation Road, approximately 2 miles uphill from the park's Route 5 entrance.

Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield, MA

11:00am –1:30pm

Hike over the Blueberry and Moon Hills of Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield. The hike is for a couple of hours on moderately challenging trails. Approximately, a 3 mile hike through the park, including two of the highest points at Bradley Palmer. Meet at the kiosk in the parking lot.

Borderland State Park, Easton, MA

1:00pm –3:00pm

The moderately paced hike is along the northern section of Borderland State Park, and is for approximately 4 to 5 miles. Meet at the Visitor Center at 259 Massapoag Avenue, North Easton.

Revere Beach Reservation, Revere, MA


The hike is over approximately 3 miles of beach sand along the reservation, causing the terrain to be uneven. Meet outside at One Eliot Circle, Revere (the tan DCR building at the corner of Dolphin Avenue). Free Parking available along Revere Beach Boulevard. Accessible by Public transportation: MBTA Blue line Revere Beach Station, turn right on Revere Beach Boulevard and walk to One Eliot Circle, Revere, MA.

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve-Quashnet River Trail


Walk through the woods along the Quashnet River for this easy hike of about 2.5 miles with some hills. Meet at Quashnet River Trail Head, Martin Road in Falmouth, off Route 28.

Blue Hills Reservation- Ponkapoag Golf Course  


Hike the 4-mile loop around Ponkapoag Pond on this moderately paced and challenging trail. Meet at the Ponkapoag Golf Course parking lot at 2167 Washington Street in Canton.

Visitors are reminded to dress for the weather. Additionally, inclement weather may cancel some or all programmed hikes. Individuals are encouraged to call the park prior to arriving. For further details about the Black Friday Hikes, please visit the DCR’s webpage.


Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Encourages Residents to Get Outdoors for Free “Go Green on Black Friday” Hikes

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.