Middlesex Fells Reservation
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The Fells is a 2,000 acre natural treasure, something all too rare in this urban/suburban landscape. A diverse landscape of rocky hills, meadows, wetlands, oak and hickory forests, quiet ponds, vernal pools, and panoramic vistas.
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The Friends of the Fells offer frequent nature events -- indoors and out -- for the whole family.
Visit the Fells Activity Calendar.
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This range of habitat sustains a variety of wildlife including mammals such as coyote, fisher, red fox, and white tail deer. Reptiles and amphibians are also resident. Birds such as scarlet tanager, eastern bluebird, hawks and many neo-tropical migrants nest, find cover and food here. A wide variety of common and rare trees, shrubs, wildflowers and insects too numerous to mention make their home in the Fells and add to the biological diversity.
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To the West Side of the Middlesex Fells: Orange Line to Wellington Station, MBTA bus #100 to Roosevelt Circle Rotary. Walk south to the rotary, turn right on South Border Road, Bellevue Pond entrance to the Reservation is 0.2 mile up South Border Road on the right.
To the East Side of the Middlesex Fells: Orange Line to Oak Grove Station, exist on the Washington Street side and head north on Washington Street (away from Boston). Washington Street bears left at intersection with Pleasant Street. Go one more block up Washington Street and turn left on Goodyear Avenue. Goodyear Avenue is one short, steep block long and ends at the Gate 58 entrance to the Reservation at the east end of the blue blazed Cross Fells Trail. The Reservation is a 10-15 minute walk from the Oak Grove Station.
By Car: From North To the West Side of the Middlesex Fells:
Interstate 93 South to exit 35. At stop sign go left under highway. At next stop sign go right. At first set of lights turn right onto Route 28. Turn right at Sheepfold entrance. OR Interstate 93 South to exit 33 (Route 28). Take first right onto South Border Road. Bellevue Pond entrance is on the right in 0.1 mile and Long Pond entrance in 2.0 miles.
By Car from the East Side of the Middlesex Fells:
Interstate 93 South to exit 35. At stop sign go left under highway. At next stop sign go right. Go straight at first set of lights. The Botume House Visitor Center is 0.5 miles past Stone Zoo on the right. From South 93 North to exit 33(RT28N) for Sheepfold or proceed halfway around rotary and take South Border Road for Bellevue Pond.
Middlesex Fells ReservationThe Middlesex Fells is a state park with something for everyone. It's just 5 miles north of Boston. Easily accessible by car, MBTA buses and Orange Line train (Oak Grove Station). It's 2400 acres has 35 miles of hiking trails, a mountain bike loop and miles of fire roads for biking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. There's a nature trail with interpretive signs, a historical trail, the Rock Circuit Trail - #3 urban hiking trail in the U.S. according to American Hiking Society, the Stone Zoo, and much more.
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