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Explore On Your Own

Explore on your own

The Trustees invite you to get out and explore Massachusetts. Go relax on the beach, bike through the woods, have a picnic in the park, or run the kids around until they’re exhausted.

Be A Daytripper: Wallet-friendly Fun Ideas
Whether you’re looking for a day-trip adventure or putting the finishing touches on your summer vacation planning, with miles of sandy beaches to that perfect little swimming hole, we have the watery place for you to escape to.
Celebrate the Harvest
It’s harvest time throughout rural New England, with fairs, cider days, pumpkin-patch pickings, and other celebrations taking place throughout the region. Make your day in the country truly seasonal with an autumn amble at one these Trustees properties.
Cool Down on the Water
Whether you seek a placid paddle across a quiet pond or a livelier trip along a tide-driven river, chances are you’ll find the perfect experience at one of our reservations.
Cross-Country Ski Spots
With winter upon us, now’s the perfect time to visit a Trustees reservation where sliding is a downhill delight. So bundle up, head out, and let the snow – and gravity – guarantee a good time.
Early Spring Migrants
As spring gets under way, millions of birds will be winging their way back north after spending the winter in Central and South America and the Caribbean. It just so happens that Trustees properties are some of their favorite haunts.
First Hikes
Whether taking a quick break from a busy day or spending a leisurely afternoon, hiking is an easy and fun way for you to enjoy the outdoors throughout the year. Interested in getting started? Visit these Trustees properties, where the hiking is as easy as a walk in the park.
First Peoples
For centuries, indigenous peoples dwelt on Massachusetts landscapes now shared by Trustees properties. From the Wampanoag and Mashpee in the southeast to the Mohican in the Berkshires, the cultural impact of these tribes and others across the Commonwealth still resonates with visitors today.
Get Out and Embrace Winter
Where to Hike, Walk, Ski, Skate and Snowshoe By Region
Gorgeous Gorges
Waterfalls are the sensory delights of the natural world: We marvel at their dramatic plunges, hear them roar and hiss, sometimes even feel their cooling mist. You’ll experience waterfalls in all their varied wonder at more than a half-dozen Trustees properties in north-central and western Massachusetts.
Hikes that Build an Appetite
Whether taking a quick break from a busy day or spending a leisurely afternoon, hiking is an easy and fun way for you to enjoy the outdoors throughout the year. Interested in getting started? Visit these Trustees properties, where the hiking is as easy as a walk in the park.
Late Spring Migrants
Migrant bird species reaching Massachusetts later in the spring are not tardy – they often time their return from the south to the emergence of certain insects that supply sustenance and to the greening of trees, shrubs, and grasslands for habitat and camouflage.
Leaf Peeping
Fall foliage season draws visitors and locals alike to New England’s most spectacular natural settings – including Trustees properties throughout Massachusetts. Grab a friend or your family, pack a picnic, and head out to one of these delightful leaf-peeping destinations.
Lighthouses
There’s something about lighthouses – lifesaving beacons, standing lonely and beautiful on rugged coasts and rocky islands – that draws the love of visitors everywhere.
Literary Landscapes - The Language of Nature
Esteemed writers once inhabited what are now Trustees historic houses, and trod the supporting grounds across three centuries. Make your own connection to these literary landscapes and discover the cultural (and social) worlds that provided both inspiration and relaxation.
Low Carb(on) Adventures
You don’t have to have a car to enjoy Trustees properties. And, even if you do, why not save gas and fuel emissions by leaving it at home?
Miles to Go Before I Sleep
Discover the long-distance trails that wind through our backyard.
Paddle (and Picture) Perfect
Seeking an escape to real estate that offers lots of room – and river views? Check out these jewels on the Charles.
Picnic Spots
Broad lawns. Stone walls. Shade trees. Serene ponds. Find your picnic basket and outdoor utensils, then check out these special places to dine al fresco – no reservations required!
Rainy Days
Even on rainy days, Trustees properties can make a dull day brighter. Visit one of these properties for a memorable excursion with your friends or family, rain or shine!
Sledding Favorites
With winter upon us, now’s the perfect time to visit a Trustees reservation where sliding is a downhill delight. So bundle up, head out, and let the snow – and gravity – guarantee a good time.
Splish Splash - Find a Place to Swim
From miles of sandy beach to that perfect little swimming hole, The Trustees have just the place to cool down this summer. Here are a few of our favorite places to splash about in Massachusetts.
Stroller-Friendly Trails
Strollers are good options for families with children not quite ready to explore the outdoors on foot. But both traditional strollers and the high-tech, state-of-the-wheel versions now available still work best on good trail surfaces.
Tail Wagging Destinations
Get both you and your dog some exercise by visiting one of our special dog friendly places.
Tracing History
In many ways, the history of Massachusetts flows through Trustees properties. Visit these reservations, each with its own connection to evolution of the Commonwealth. Then add your own favorite portals to our collective past!
Views that are Worth the Hike
Standing atop a hill and taking in a wide-open vista can be a breathtaking experience. It also gives us a landscape-level impression of place. Sometimes, you have to work a little hard to get there, though. We promise, these views are worth the trek.
Wild Walks
Waterfalls are the sensory delights of the natural world: We marvel at their dramatic plunges, hear them roar and hiss, sometimes even feel their cooling mist. You’ll experience waterfalls in all their varied wonder at more than a half-dozen Trustees properties in north-central and western Massachusetts.
Winter Wildlife
Trustees reservations are pure magic under a mantle of white – silent, mysterious, and still. But this doesn’t mean the natural world is asleep under its snow blanket! Explore these winter wonderlands and search for cold-weather signs of animals that say, Here I am.
Zen Retreats
Take a deep breath, clear your head, relax, and prepare yourself for a rejuvenating meditation at one of these peaceful retreats.
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