- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for DCR Encouraging Families to “Go Green on Black Friday” with Free Guided Hikes in State Parks
Ilyse Wolberg, DCR Press Secretary
Boston — The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is encouraging families to “Go Green on Black Friday” with free, guided hikes at four agency parks across Massachusetts on Friday, November 24. DCR staff will lead family-friendly hikes over trails that range between two and three miles. The agency also offers self-guided hikes at several state parks for visitors to enjoy.
“Go Green on Black Friday hikes are a great way to encourage stewardship, enjoy our outdoor spaces, and take in nature with friends and family,” said DCR Commissioner Brian Arrigo. “We encourage communities across the state to take advantage of this special program and to get outside and spend time in their state parks this holiday weekend.”
DCR recommends “Go Green for Black Friday” hike participants dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Inclement weather, rain, snow, or icy trail conditions may cancel. Participants should contact the park for confirmation that a hike will be taking place. Additional details, including locations, difficulty, length, terrain, and age recommendations can be found on DCR’s website. Participants are encouraged to share photos of their hiking experience on social media and by tagging @MassDCR.
“Go Green Hikes for Black Friday” hikes are hosted at the following parks:
Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
This is a fun and informative 3-mile, moderate hike through the Blue Hills. Meet at the Houghton’s Pond Visitor Center. Call to confirm or for more information at (857) 208-8494.
Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
This is a 3-mile leisurely walk along the Canalside Rail Trail in Turners Falls on a level paved surface. The hike is appropriate for adults and children ages 8 and up. 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, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
This is a 2-mile hike through Harold Parker State Forest on moderate trails. This is an appropriate hike for children ages 8 and up. Participants will meet in the parking lot at 305 Middleton Road. Parking will be free. Call to confirm or for more information at 617-828-1728.
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, East Falmouth, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
This is a 2.8-mile hike on a level wide trail. The hike is best for ages 10 and up. Participants will meet at trailhead on Martin Road, Falmouth. For more info or in case of questionable weather, call (508) 457-0495.
DCR also announced today that the agency is opening the majority of its Boston ice rinks for public skating on Friday, November 24. 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 scheduled to open on Sunday, December 17 weather permitting. For more information visit the DCR website.