https://arlington.ce.eleyo.com/course/3818/spring-2023/off-the-beaten-path-hikes Landlock Forest
Burlington, MA 02420
Spend time outdoors this spring and join one or both of these guided hikes to locations you might not have visited before. As we explore these extraordinary sites, we’ll take time to gaze at the natural formations we encounter and hear stories of historical significance along the way. These hikes are easy to moderate.
Estabrook & Punkatasset Woodlands, Concord: May 21
The Estabrook & Punkatasset Woodlands are located on 1700 acres–the largest contiguous and undeveloped woodland within 30 miles of Boston. Initially farmland, several Concord families petitioned the town to close the logging trail that's still there. And by 1996, Concord and Carlisle worked together to place an additional 400 acres into conservation. Additionally, the preserve provides habitat of five state-listed endangered species and is home to over 159 different species of birds!
Landlocked Forest, Burlington: June 4
The Burlington Landlocked Forest - This parcel of forest borders Burlington, Bedford and Lexington and contains 12 miles of hiking trails. The 270 acres were acquired by the Town of Burlington by eminent domain in 1985 but it wasn't until 2017 that it was rezoned as open space. We will traverse old-growth forests and vernal pools.
Please note: All walks meet rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water and snacks to have throughout the hike.