We've assembled a list of places in the area where families can get outside for healthy, outdoor recreation, including walking, hiking, jogging, and bike riding. The following destinations remain open and accessible to the public.
- The Nature Trail and Cranberry Bog behind Bass Pro Shop is open dawn to dusk 7 days a week at 1 Bass Pro Drive in Foxboro. This ½ mile trail is home to the last remaining active cranberry bog in the town of Foxboro. As you stroll along our half mile walk and enjoy scenery, be sure to read up on the history and ecosystem. Bogs are low-lying areas where cranberries grow on vines.
- Moose Hill Farm Follow a trail from the farmstead through restored woodlands to hillside hayfields and pastures, where you’ll enjoy views of Great Blue Hill and the Boston skyline. Open daily, sunrise to sunset 396 Moose Hill Street Sharon, MA
- Cape Cod Canal Bike Path offers service roads which parallel both sides of the Canal that are available for bicycling, jogging and walking. Each service road is approximately seven-miles long. Benches are placed along the service roads for the enjoyment of visitors. The Canal provides a unique, close-up view of ocean-going ships and tugs underway as they utilize the canal route between Cape Cod Bay and Buzzards Bay. Walking trails include the Bournedale Hills Trail which extends 1.4 miles along the north side of the Canal from Bourne Scenic Park to the Herring Run. The trail includes a .8 mile self-guided loop which interprets the Canal's historic and natural features. Recommended parking is Canal Service Road in Bourne, MA
- Bristol Blake State Reservation in Norfolk, MA will entice you with ponds, marshes, and fields covering 140 acres of this former sawmill complex. Trails and boardwalks allow you to get close to nature and offer amazing views of wildlife. 108 North Street in Norfolk
- Borderland State Park - Borderland features over 20 miles of hiking trails ranging from moderate to difficult. Park is open Sunday – Saturday 8am – 4pm with parking at 259 Massapoag Ave North Easton, MA
- F. Gilbert Hills State Forest is a 1000-acre state forest that offers 23 miles of trails through pine and oak which can be explored by foot or by mountain bike. The park is also part of the 30-mile Warner Trail that stretches from Sharon, Mass to Diamond Hill State park in Rhode Island. There are also 8 miles of motor biking trails. Park is open daily, dawn to dusk, 45 Mill Street, Foxboro, MA
- Blackstone River Bikeway in Cumberland, RI The Blackstone River Bikeway is the state's second-longest bike path, with 18.2 miles of bikeway - which includes 11.6 miles of continuous path from Cumberland to Woonsocket and segments of on and off-road bikeway heading south to India Point Park in Providence and north to the Massachusetts border. Parking is on 4 Front Street in Cumberland, RI
- Cumberland Monastery is a unique property that consists of approximately 481 acres of land. A Trappist Abbey was started on this property in 1902 and expanded over the next 30 years. The monks relocated to Spencer Massachusetts after the abbey suffered severe fire damage in 1950. Over time the property was purchased by the town. A library and meeting rooms were built in 1976 using parts of the remaining buildings combining three smaller libraries into one. The recreational trails at the Cumberland Monastery can be a confusing maze of former roads and trails. The monks developed trails for recreation and work. Some unused stones from the quarry can still be seen lying around in the woods. Trails are color coded to match the map so you will always know where you are. 1464 Diamond Hill Road in Cumberland, RI