- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Offers Annual “Go Green on Black Friday” Hikes
Ilyse Wolberg, DCR Press Secretary
Boston — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that it will offer free, guided hikes across the Commonwealth at five locations on Friday, November 25, 2022, to encourage everyone to “Go Green on Black Friday.” The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) manages the “Go Green on Black Friday” program and has coordinated the family-friendly hikes at Borderland State Park in North Easton, MA; Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, MA; Great Falls Discovery Center in Turner Falls, MA; Harold Parker State Forest in North Andover, MA; and Nasketucket Bay State Reservation in Mattapoisett, MA. All hikes will be led by DCR staff over trails that range between one and five miles.
“For those seeking to get a little exercise following the Thanksgiving holiday, DCR’s “Go Green on Black Friday” hikes provide an excellent opportunity for everyone to get outside and enjoy nature with friends and family,” said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Doug Rice. “We are excited to see the many smiling faces as thousands of people at several locations across the Commonwealth will be joining us to eagerly participate in one of the many free guided hikes offered by the Baker-Polito Administration this year.”
Details about “Go Green on Black Friday” hikes, including locations, difficulty, length, terrain, age recommendations, and tips regarding proper clothing, are listed in the descriptions below, and more information can be found on DCR’s website. The DCR’s “Go Green on Black Friday” Hikes will occur at the following locations:
Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, MA, 10:00am-12:00pm
This is 3-mile, moderate hike through the Blue Hills. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Meet at the Houghton’s Pond Visitor Center. Call to confirm or for more information at (857) 208-8494.
Borderland State Park, North Easton, MA, 1:00pm -3:00pm
This is a 4-mile, moderate hike to Bob’s Trail on mostly flat terrain. Leashed dogs are welcome. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and a snack. For adults and older children. Meet at the Visitor Center at 259 Massapoag Avenue in North Easton. Hiking is free; however, visitors are subject to a parking fee of $5 per MA-plate vehicle and $20 per out-of-state-plate vehicle, mobile payments accepted via the YODEL app. Call to confirm or for more information at 508-238-6566.
Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA, 1:00pm-2:30pm
This is a 3-mile, leisurely walk along the Canalside Rail Trail in Turners Falls on a level paved surface. Appropriate for adults and children ages 8 and up. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. The walk will begin at the front entrance to the Great Falls Discovery Center. Call to confirm or for more information at 413-863-3221.
Harold Parker State Forest, North Andover, MA, 10:00am-12:00pm
This is a 2-mile hike through Harold Parker State Forest on moderate trails. Appropriate for children ages 8 and up. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Meet in the parking lot at 305 Middleton Road. Parking will be free. Call to confirm or for more information at 617-828-1728.
Nasketucket Bay State Reservation, Mattapoisett, MA 1:00pm – 2:30pm
This is a 3-mile, moderate walk along fields, rocky coast, and holly/beech forest. Trails are mostly level and easy, with one difficult section over rocky coastline. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Appropriate for ages 10 years and older. Meet at the dirt parking lot on Brandt Beach Road in Mattapoisett. Call to confirm or for more information at (508) 272-9376.
Participants are encouraged to share photos of their hiking experience on social media and by tagging @MassDCR. In the event of inclement weather or icy trail conditions, hikes may be cancelled. Please call the park prior to arriving to ensure the hike will proceed as scheduled.
Additionally, the Baker-Polito Administration also announced today, public skating will start at several of DCR’s ice skating rinks on Friday, November 25, 2022. Skating rinks opening for the season are Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink in Charlestown, Steriti Memorial Rink in Boston, Devine Memorial Rink in Dorchester, Murphy Memorial Rink in Boston, Bajko Memorial Rink in Hyde Park, and the Reilly Memorial Rink in Brighton. The Kelly Outdoor Rink in Jamaica Plain is also scheduled to open on Saturday, December 17, 2022, weather permitting. For more information, visit the DCR website.