Stony Brook Reservation
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:Enneking Parkway and Turtle Pond Parkway, Hyde Park, MA
Hours:Dawn to dusk daily
Fee: Free
Contact:; 617-333-7404

Bathrooms: At the ice rink and at the pool
Water/Snacks: Water fountains and snack machines at the ice rink and at the pool

Ice skate, fish, hike, swim, or enjoy a variety of other activities at this 475-acre reservation, whose many boulders and outcroppings tell the story of its glacial past.

Kids who like to climb and scramble will enjoy exploring the boulders at Stony Brook Reservation.
Photo by: Kim Foley MacKinnon

Stony Brook Reservation, founded in the late 1800s, appeals to lots of different outdoor enthusiasts. Some like to ice-skate at the rink on the property. Others enjoy the 12 miles of trails, some of which are paved, that run through West Roxbury and Hyde Park. Still others enjoy fishing at Turtle Pond.

The terrain here comprises hills, valleys, forests, rocky outcroppings, and wetlands. Facilities include ball fields, tennis courts, picnic areas, a pool, and playgrounds. The 5 miles of paved biking trails are perfect for kids learning to ride a bike and offer a safer—and leafier—alternative to the road for commuter bicyclists. Some sections feature boulders perfect for kids who might like to climb. In winter, kids can enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or simply lace up their snow boots and search for animal tracks along the reservation’s quiet trails.

Remember: Cars can pull over in a number of sanctioned parking places along Turtle Pond Parkway, which intersects Enneking. When crossing the street, make sure to watch out for cars that speed along the parkway. Keep your dog on a leash and clean up after it.

Plan B:

The Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary (Trip 14) is minutes away and offers exhibits and easy trails.

Where to Eat Nearby:

On the northwest border of the reservation, you can drive or bike to Washington Street into Roslindale for restaurants. Just a few blocks east of the reservation, Hyde Park Avenue leads to dining options.


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