Middlesex Fells Reservation

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A great destination to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and into nature, without the commitment to a long commute.

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Cody Grodzki


0.1 miles


Destination Distance From Downtown

6.9 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 days

Half-Day to Day


Spring, Summer, and Fall

Closed March 1-31.

Dog Friendly


No more than three (3) dogs per person. Dog(s) must be wearing a collar with current dog license and rabies tags. No choke or prong collars.

Fees Permits




2,500 acres of beautiful! The Fells are a haven for the city slickers of Boston, as it is only a 25-minute drive from the heart of the city to the Reservation. Trails are found in abundance throughout the park, where there are about 100 miles in total.  They are well used by all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts, from dog walkers to horseback riders to mountain bikers. As a result, the reservation can get quite busy at times, notably on weekends and holidays.

What Makes It Great

A major plus for visitors to the Fells is its proximity to Boston. This makes it ideal for a day trip or even a quick afternoon getaway. The trails around the Fells are well-traveled, kept up nicely, and have the added bonus of beautiful sights of numerous water features, ponds, and reservoirs. Dark Hollow Pond is a cool place to check out while you ride around the reservoir, as is Bear’s Hill Tower.

Traveling with a furry companion throughout your adventure? Why not take your best friend in the world over to the Sheepfold Meadow? Designated as an “off-leash” area, the Meadow is a great open area to run around and have fun with Fido.  If you're lucky, you both may even make friends while you're here!

Who is Going to Love It

Riders who have a bit of experience while have a fantastic time at the Fells.  There are very few sections of technical terrain and there is the newly created single track that provides folks with a riding experience that has a fair degree of difficulty.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Directions by car: Interstate 93 North to exit 33 (Route 28). Sheepfold entrance is 2 miles up on the left.  As mentioned previously, the Fells can see spikes in activity during holidays and weekends, so be sure to park in a courteous manner to accommodate everyone who wishes to use the park.

Directions by MBTA: Orange Line to Wellington Station, MBTA bus #100 to Roosevelt Circle Rotary. Walk south to the rotary and turn right on South Border Rd. - Bellevue Pond entrance to the Reservation is .2 mile up South Border Rd. on the right.

Know before you go:

-The Fells is only open during the day- closing is at dusk.

-Biking on trails that are not marked for use is prohibited. Mountain bike trails are clearly marked and signs are found throughout to keep riders on track.

-Trails are closed from March 1 to March 31 to help prevent soil erosion during these wet times.
-No camping or fires in the reservation. 

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Middlesex Fells Reservation

Medford, MA, 02155
42.451979, -71.104715

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