A new home for the Trail Animals Running Club! Hale Reservation’s 1,130 acres will allow us to stretch our legs and go long as the locale for the next TARC 100. Views of Boston and smooth trails that wind through woods and fields await. Meander around ponds and lakes with that nostalgic summer camp feel. The hills are rolling and you’ll find a few steep climbs but overall not a rough run.Besides being an expansive park the reservation has an important mission as year-round outdoor educators. The camp provides services to over 7,000 children a year with almost half of those attending with financial aid. In teaming up with Hale we can help them out in their goals and share their beautiful facilities!
More information and a trail map can be found through the Hale Reservation website : http://www.halereservation.org/vh_trails.html
The Fells is a park right in Medford, MA with plentiful options for mountain biking and trail running. Routes of various difficulty and length can be run here, though not much climbing is to be found. The park can be utilized from many entrance points as the main trail loops are never far from the boundaries of the Fells.The main parking areas are usually open from 7:30ish to dusk. Several other smaller lots which fill quickly can be found around the perimeter.
More information available via the Friends of the Middlesex Fells : http://www.fells.org/
Blue Hills Reservation
A 20 minute ride south of Boston can find you in 6,000 acres of wooded terrain and taller climbs. The Blue Hills offers an even greater variety with gentle jaunts and sustained scrambles. A ski slope offers painful repeats in the summer with a jump in Houghton’s Pond as a reward. Seasonal Bathroom facilities offer a luxury not seen too often. With 125 miles of trails there are countless combinations for meandering.More information available via the Mass.gov site : http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/blue-hills-reservation.html