A huge park with lots of climbing potential, Lynn Woods has over 2,200 acres to explore and at only 20 minutes from Boston, is a great place to check out without dedicating yourself to a long commute elsewhere.
Located just off two of Boston’s most heavily traveled highways, I-93 and I-95, Lynn Woods is a not-so-small haven for outdoor folks. Largely overlooked by the majority of the population who pass by it daily on their commute to and from work in the city, this large destination sits tucked away just waiting for climbers, mountain bikers, and hikers seeking refuge from the bustle of city life. A true gem of green space, but don’t take my word for it. Venture into its expansive borders and see for yourself.
What Makes It Great
Location, location, location! Lynn Woods offers a great balance of commute time and quality of trails. Clocking in at an easy 25 minute drive northbound from Boston, Lynn Woods is convenient for afternoon adventures after work or a weekend day trip. Many of the same rocks and boulder fields that make Lynn Woods a popular hiking and mountain biking destination allow climbers plenty of terrain to romp around on.
As you delve deeper into the woods and away from the major paths frequented by trail runners and dog walkers, you will notice a definitive solitude. Its hard to believe that one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas lies such a short distance away.
Who is Going to Love It
Climbers looking for a little solitude and exploration during their climbing session will enjoy the expansive Lynn Woods. With over 2,200 acres of land and located only 20 miles north of downtown Boston, Lynn Woods is a massive playground for the adventurous Bean-Town boulderer. There are hundreds and hundreds of climbs in a multitude of areas throughout the park; however, finding the climbing may be difficult the first time around, so be sure to leave yourself a little extra time getting to and from the car.
Notable Lynn Woods classics include "Bear Grease" (V1), "Pipe Fitter" (V3), "Dog Leg Crack" (V7), and "The Buttermilker" (V8), which is as crimpy and sharp as its Californian namesake suggests.
In addition, most of the areas tend be somewhat of a hike from one another, so if you're planning on a short day trip, be sure to check out The Promised Land and the Stone Tower area to get the most bang for your buck.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Getting there is easy. Follow U.S. 1 N to MA-129 E in Lynnfield, then take the MA-129 E exit. From there turn right on Salem St then take the first exit at the rotary. Finally, turn right onto Great Woods Road and stay on this road until it spits you out at the parking lot.
Dogs are welcome at Lynn Woods and if you decide to bring your best friend with you on your biking adventure, you will likely find other dogs for your furry pal to meet and play with. Be sure to pack out any mess that your dog makes, as many of the trails (especially those near the entrance) are will traveled. You wouldn't want to step or ride through anyone else’s mess, so be sure to pass along the courtesy!