Commissioner, Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)
In between pushing yourself away from the Thanksgiving table and launching into the December holiday season, why not take some time to enjoy some exercise in the great outdoors?
DCR welcomes visitors to the following post-Thanksgiving events on Friday the 25th, Saturday the 26th, and Sunday the 27th.
Thanksgiving Thoreau Rambles
Walden Pond State Reservation
Saturday, November 26 from 11 a.m.-noon and Sunday, November 27 from 1p.m.-2p.m.
Learn about the famed poet, philosopher and mystic Henry David Thoreau, his stay at Walden Pond from 1845-1847, and his enduring legacy. This program is for visitors of all ages. The tour will begin at the Thoreau House replica near the main park entrance. This is a free program but there is a $5 parking fee.
Give Thanks and Take A Hike
Borderland State Park
Friday, November 25 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spend some time with nature the day after Thanksgiving. Perhaps after a day of indulgence, you want to burn off some of those calories, too! Please bring water and be prepared to cover 3 miles of moderate to difficult trails. Meet at the Visitor Center. Program is free and open to the public. There is $2 parking fee.
Too much Turkey Hike
Myles Standish State Forest
Friday, November 25, 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
Come out for briskly paced hike to burn off some of those turkey dinner calorie! Please bring water and be prepared to cover 2-3 miles of moderate difficulty trails. Meet at the Headquarters at 194 Cranberry Road. Program is free and open to the public.
Foray after the Feast
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Friday, November 25, 10 a.m.- noon
A hike along the Quashnet River is a perfect family outing after a day of feasting. This 2.5 mile trek takes you along both sides of the river where you will discover different wetland and upland habitats and search for signs of local wildlife. This is an easy to moderate hike with some small hills. Meet at the Martin Road Parking area off Route 28 in Falmouth. Program is free and open to the public.
Visitors unable to attend any of the above events are welcome to walk, hike, bike or, more simply, take in the scenery, at any of DCR’s parks and forests. Visit DCR’s website at www.mass.gov/dcr for more information on events, recreation and conservation.
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