Mud Pond is easily accessible from downtown and it’s a short, but fun run with a couple of climbs that get the heart rate up. Runners will like the smooth trails for faster descents. It’s also very flexible allowing runners to add or subtract mileage depending on how they feel. There are loops that shoot off the main trail and then reconnect, so for a longer run they can be easily incorporated or runners can just stay on the main trail for a shorter 2.3 mile run.
What Makes It Great
Being located in the middle of a thriving urban area, Mud Pond makes runners feel miles away from all the hustle and bustle of the city, even though it’s extremely accessible from downtown. It’s never super crowded and provides a peaceful, quiet run. Mud Pond, located in the middle of the conservation area, is a nice scenic stop along the run and offers a platform for pond viewing. The surrounding forest is also home to many creatures, including the rare, four-toed salamander, the red fox and moose.
Because the trails were designed with mountain bikers in mind, runners will enjoy heading across boardwalks and elevated bridges, and running down smooth, bermed, singletrack on the descent.
Runners can also run here during the winter. The amount of snowshoe traffic packs down the trails nicely and makes them easy to navigate. They can become pretty slick though so be sure to wear studs of some sort to make traveling less slippery.
Who is Going to Love It
Runners out for a quick run looking to enjoy some fun trails close to town. It’s not a large trail system so in order to get in a lot of mileage the trails would have to be looped twice or more, but they are enjoyable and laid out in a way that makes that easy to do.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Park in the trailhead parking lot right off South Street on Mud Pond Road. The lot is free and open all hours.