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Mt. Watatic - Ashburnham MA
Looking out the windows of The Maguire House, across the back field you are met with views of Mt. Watatic, Little Watatic and Mt. Monadnock. Just a 5 minute drive from our B&B to a fabulous hike. In 1923, Frank Robbins and Marion Buck (Davis) of Rindge, NH, saw a dream come true: the establishment of the 21-mile Wapack Trail from Mount Watatic in Ashburnham, MA, to North Pack in Greenfield, NH, passing through sections of Ashburnham and Ashby, MA, and New Ipswich, Temple, Sharon, Peterborough and Greenfield, NH. The Wapack Trail, a day-use trail for foot travel, is one of the oldest interstate trails in the Northeast. For the most part, the trail follows a skyline route along the summits of Watatic, Pratt, New Ipswich, Barrett and Temple mountains, then ascends the Pack Monadnocks. Yellow triangles on trees and rocks blaze the Wapack. Cairns mark the trail along bare stony sections and summits. Seven miles of side trails also provide an opportunity for exploration and spectacular scenery, including the side trail to Kidder Mountain.
Mid-State Trail - Ashby, MA
The Midstate trail is a scenic footpath located in Worcester county, 45 miles west of Boston. This 92 mile hiking trail extends from Rhode Island crossing the gentle hills of Central Massachusetts and eventually connecting to the Wapack trail in New Hampshire. The Midstate trail is highly accessible, easy to hike and the best way to enjoy the natural side of the region.
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, Princeton, MA - 978-464-2987
Hiking trails, scenic picnicking, hawk migration & bird watching opportunities, x-country skiing, snow-shoeing, auto road to summit open May to October, spectacular views. 2nd highest mountain in Massachusetts with views of 6 states from the summit.
Wachusett Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary - Princeton, MA - 978-464-2712
Operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Wildlife refuge situated on 600 acres of land with 11 miles of trails. 18th century house, numerous barns, fields, and stone walls. 100 species of birds, 60 butterflies, 50 dragonflies, 25 mammals and 500 plants live at the sanctuary. Special Events and Programs.
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area - Princeton, MA - 978-464-2300
18 trails, 5 Lifts, high speed detachable quad, 100% snow making, night skiing.
Wachusett Greenways, Princeton, MA
Trails and open spaces maintained by local volunteers including 30 miles of old rail beds being converted to walking trails.
Westminster Country Club, Westminster, MA - 978-874-5938
Public 18 hole course.
Leominster State Forest & Crow Hill State Park - Westminster MA - 978-874-2303
Over 4000 acres. Activities include swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking trails, x-country skiing, mountain bike trails and rock climbing.
Pedaling.com - Dozens of self guided bike routes around Wachusett Mountain, central Massachusetts, and New England. Includes detailed cue sheets, descriptions and maps.
Wachusett Reservoir - Boylston, MA
Picturesque reservoir with 37 miles of shoreline. Shore fishing permitted.
Harvard Forest - Petersham, MA - 978-724-3325
3000 acre sanctuary maintained by Harvard University. Includes large stands of original growth forest.
Nashoba Paddlers - West Groton, MA - 978-448-8699
Offers canoe rentals, tours and instruction on the Nashua River.
Mt. Monadnock - Jaffrey, NH
Looking out the windows of The Maguire House, across the back field you are met with views of Mt. Watatic, Little Watatic and Mt. Monadnock. Practically sitting in our back yard, with its thousands of acres of protected highlands, 3,165-ft. Mt. Monadnock was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1987. There are 40 miles of maintained foot trails, many of which lead to the bare rock summit through unique alpine vegetation. Unsurpassed 100-mile views to points in all six New England states are the reward for a climb. A magnet for hikers, Monadnock is said to be the most frequently climbed mountain in the world. Approximately 12 miles of the trail system in the lower elevations offers ski touring for the experienced cross country skier.
Windblown Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing - New Ipswich, NH - 603-878-2869
Al and Irene Jenks, together with their sons, know how to make you feel welcome. Come ski their 25 miles of wooded trails; pause to enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Monadnock. After your cheeks are flushed and your muscles a bit sore, head back to the lodge where homemade soup, big sandwiches, and spiced hot cider will be waiting for you. Relax on the comfortable couch by the fire and enjoy a home-baked muffin or cookie right out of the oven.
Dunn Park - Gardner MA - 978 632-7897
This 119 acre park features a 20 acre pond, walking trails, swimming, fishing, picnicking, public programs, and play equipment. Private canoes and non-motorized boats are allowed on the pond, and paddle boats can be rented during the summer. In the winter the trails are open for cross country skiing and ice skating. Often there is a fire blazing in the visitor’s center fireplace. All activities offered by the park are accessible to people with disabilities.