You can enjoy these outdoor activities in the properties of the trustees this winter


From fireplaces to snowshoes through guided hikes.

A fire pit at Appleton Farms, owned by Reservations Trustees in Ipswich. Reservations administrators

There are many ways to have fun outdoors with the Reservations administrators this winter season, gatherings around the campfire on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to winter hikes full of wonder.

“The Trustees are making sure there is something for everyone this winter,” said Kristen Swanberg, executive director of Trustee Engagement, in a statement. “We also understand that COVID is always a factor, so we are ensuring that our valuable outdoor properties remain open, safe and accessible to all year round. “

Guests looking for a warm outdoor spot in the midst of nature can reserve a private fireplace at several of the Trustees’ properties this winter, a popular activity first introduced last season.

Groups of up to six can reserve a pit for a maximum of two hours, and the organization provides wood, seating and, in some cases, s’mores kits. The cost ranges from $ 30 to $ 75, depending on the property and whether you are a member of the Trustees. See a list of fireplace locations.

Face the snow this season at Notchview in Windsor, part of the Hoosac Range in the Berkshire Hills, which offers over 3,000 acres of rolling terrain for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The establishment offers equipment rentals, “learn to ski” programs and private lessons until April.

Those looking for more cross country skiing trails will find them at Brooks Woodland Preserve in Petersham, Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield, Copicut Woods in Fall River, Field Farm in Williamstown, Noon Hill in Medfield and Ravenswood Park in Gloucester.

Find more snowshoe trails at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Copicut Woods in Fall River, Doyle Community Park in Leominster, Francis William Bird Park in East Walpole, Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Noanet Woodlands in Dover and Rocky Woods in Medfield. Snowshoe rentals are available at Appleton Farms, Fruitlands Museum, Notchview, and Rocky Woods.

Visit the venues websites for individual pricing.

Directors’ winter hikes range from owl prowlers and moonlight hikes to viewing one of the most significant cliffs in western Massachusetts.

Let the moon guide your steps on one of the many moonlit hikes on offer this winter, including Appleton Farms in Ispwich, World’s End in Hingham, and Copicut Woods in Fall River. (The Copicut hike is for women only.) These moonlight hikes cost $ 9 to $ 25, depending on the property and if you’re a member of the trustees.

If you prefer a sunrise hike, you’ll find them at Rocky Woods in Medfield ($ 15 for members and $ 25 for non-members).

Look for snowy owls in their winter habitat on a hike to Crane Beach on the Crane Estate in Ipswich or Doyle Community Park in Leominster. These owl hikes cost between $ 9 and $ 30, depending on the property and whether you are a member of the Trustees.

Or take a winter hike to the Bullitt Preserve in Ashfield and Conway, where you’ll hike approximately 2 miles through the Historic Conservation Area to Chapel Falls, a waterfall at the base of Chapel Ledges and one of the most significant cliffs in western Massachusetts. This hike costs $ 25.

See other types of hikes offered by the Trustees this winter.

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