Hale Reservation - Hiking

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Hale Reservation offers hikers a backwoods experience just 25 miles outside of Boston.

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Allie Aylward


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Destination Distance From Downtown

12.3 miles


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While a few trails within Hale Reservation require careful footing and involve a moderate incline, most are suitable for beginners and families. Several portions of these trails, however, — especially the Strawberry Hill Trail — could be marked more clearly.

Time To Complete

3 hours

Allow at least 3 hours to explore a few of Hale Reservation's five trails, but hiking a single trail should only take 1 hour. The shortest loop within the reservation at 0.9 miles is Split Rock Trail, but many opt for the popular loop hikes on the Page & Sadie and Storrow Pond Trails, coming in at 1.7 and 2.3 miles respectively.


All Seasons

Hale Reservation is open to the public year round with the condition that visitors not interfere with summer camp programming. Normally open from 7:30 a.m. to sunset, the reservation closes at 5 p.m. during the winter months.

Dog Friendly


Dogs are permitted within Hale Reservation from Labor Day through Memorial Day. They can be off leash in certain parts of the reservation, but must be leashed on all paved surfaces, near streams and ponds, on playing fields or where Hale programs are in session. Dogs are not permitted to swim in any of the ponds.



Located 25 miles southwest of Boston, Hale Reservation offers hikers smooth trails, waterside views, and a rich history. The main entrance to the reservation was known on early maps as Old Indian Path, while the name Powissett -- as in the nearby Powissett Brook and Powissett Pond -- harkens the Powissett Indians, members of whom show record of living in Dover as recently as 1763.

These days, Hale Reservation's 1,137 acres and more than 20 miles of trails attract hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and more. 

What Makes It Great

Hikers of all abilities will enjoy the waterside views along Page & Sadie Trail, which follows the shoreline of the picturesque Noanet Pond. A popular trail, Page & Sadie is marked with red blazes and leads to the members-only beach on the southeastern edge of Noanet Pond.

Those that seek a bit more solitude, or are walking over from the nearby Noanet Reservation, will enjoy the secluded 2.5 miles of Strawberry Hill Trail. Hale’s longest trail, Strawberry Hill Trail leads hikers through wooded hills on a single-person trail marked with yellow blazes. It is on this quiet path that hikers are most likely to catch a glimpse of area wildlife. Deer roam freely in these parts, so tread carefully if you see fresh droppings nearby.

As for the remaining trails, Storrow Pond Trail, marked with blue blazes, forms Hale’s second longest trail at 2.3 miles and offers wider trails with gentler inclines. Oak Hill Trail, marked with green blazes and located in Hale’s southern portion, boasts the historic Oak Hill, the site of three variants of granite used in the construction of several area landmarks. Hikers can also walk along the orange-blazed Split Rock Trail, which visits the dam holding back Noanet Pond as well as two notable rock formations.

Who is Going to Love It

Hale Reservation's easy trails with gentle terrain and mild inclines make it perfect for those new to hiking, those who seek a leisurely stroll through a natural environment, and those with young children or pets. This terrain is also perfect for trail runners as well as mountain bikers, who can explore the reservation freely once they've obtained a bike permit.

A word to the wise: Hale's more secluded trails, like Strawberry Hill Trail, could use better trail markings. There were several intersections that caused me to backtrack to correct a wrong turn -- not for lack of attention but because each trail at a 4-way intersection was marked with a yellow blaze. With a map in hand, these junctions aren't as much of a guessing game; without a map, you may get lost.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The main entrance to Hale Resevation is at 80 Carby St. in Westwood, MA. Parking is available in a lot at the reservation headquarters, as well as at the Cat Rock Parking Area, Trading Post Parking Area, Noanet Landing Parking Area, and Powissett Parking Area. Directions to these additional lots can be found on the Hale Reservation website. Street parking is not available. 

To reach Hale Reservation from Boston, get on I-93 S and continue towards Route 109 towards Westwood and take exit 16B. Follow Route 109 West to your fourth right onto Dover Road. Then take the third right off Dover Road onto Carby Street.

To get to Hale via public transit, visitors should take the Orange Line to Forest Hills then the 34E Bus to Washington St at Chickering Rd. From there, hikers will need to walk, bike, or take a taxi for the remaining 4.2 miles to the reservation's entrance.

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Hale Reservation - Hiking

80 Carby St
Westwood, MA, 02090
42.234101, -71.228

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