Rocky Woods
GOOD FOR: All Ages
RATING: (2)


Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:Hartford Street and MA 109, Medfield, MA
Hours:Dawn to dusk daily
Fee: Adults, $4; children under age 12 and Trustees of Reservations members, free (fees collected by rangers on weekends and holidays; honor system other times)
Contact:

thetrustees.org; 508-785-0339

Bathrooms: Portable toilet near the pavilion
Water/Snacks: None
Map:

Five ponds, a playground, and easy walking make Rocky Woods a great destination for families.

A trail at Rocky Woods leads to a large pond - a favorite for kids ready to explore.
Photo by: Pat Bagley

Rocky Woods has 6.5 miles of trails to explore, with a variety of options perfect for families. As you wander the trails, you’ll see the rocks in the woods that give the property its name, but the 491-acre reservation also offers many easy, clear trails. Some lead around ponds, while others lead up to the 420-foot-high Mine Hill ridge.

The 0.75-mile loop around Chickering Pond is probably the best for families with little ones. Look for bullfrogs and painted turtles that make their home here. About half-way around the pond, a small playground and a few picnic tables on the shores are perfect for a lunch break. Visitors are allowed to catch-and-release fish here. For a longer walk, the Hemlock Knoll Loop to Whale Rock is a 1-mile hike that you can pick up from Chickering Pond and that leads to a rock that looks like the back of a whale.

Other trails include Bridle Trail and Loop Trail, which go through wetlands and are quite flat. Echo Pond Trail, a half-mile route, features a narrow footbridge that loops around the large pond. The wide path with small slopes is fun for cross-country skiers.

Rocky Woods has a playing field and a large pavilion that groups can reserve for events. From mid-June through October, a farm stand with produce from Powisset Farm (Trip 50) is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Remember: You can bring a dog if you have registered for the Trustees of Reservations’ Green Dogs program, which is free for members. Dogs can roam leash-free on some trails (marked).

Plan B:

For a more challenging hike to the site of a former mill, cross the street to Fork Factory Brook (Trip 51).

Where to Eat Nearby:

If you head west on MA 109, you can find a number of caf├ęs and stores.



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TRIP COMMENTS

By: oc.clare
Posted: 05/31/2012 09:17
Rating:

The Rocky woods trails are great to explore at all times of the year.  They are designed to take in the interesting natural features of the landscape, ledges, high points, and water with some fun bridges for kids.

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By: letipearman
Posted: 05/18/2012 13:52
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We did a little picnic here on Mothers' Day with our 3 year old and twin 7 month olds. We found a set of shaded picnic tables right by Chickering Pond in a nice, mellow spot. Our preschooler had a great time playing by the shoreline and checking out tadpoles and insects. We've also been there (without kids) during the winter, and the snowshoeing was wonderful. Plenty of trails to choose from, and several are off the beaten path.

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