Hale Reservation - Hiking
Hale Reservation offers hikers a backwoods experience just 25 miles outside of Boston.
Destination Distance From Downtown
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
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.
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.
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.