Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
This week, it is all about hiking. Well, eating, resting, then eating some more, followed by hiking. So if you are looking to burn off some of those excess calories, this is a good week for you!
There are three guided hikes this week on November 25 (better known as “Black Friday”). The first hike is in Carver at 9 a.m., at DCR’s Myles Standish State Forest. This hike will cover 2-3 miles of moderately difficult trails. This hike is recommended for adults and older children who are able to walk at a moderate or fast pace for the duration of the hike. Rain or snow will cancel this event, so please contact the park for confirmation.
The second hike on Black Friday begins at 10 a.m. in Falmouth at DCR’s Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Reserve. This hike is perfect for a family outing after a long day of feasting. This is an easy to moderate 2.5 mile hike featuring a few small hills. This trek will take you along both sides of the Quashnet River, where you can discover different wetland and upland habitats and look for wildlife. Learn more about the path of the river, and how it has changed courses over the years. For more information, call (508) 457-0495 x125.
The third hike offered post-Turkey Day is in Easton at DCR’s Borderland State Park. This hike begins at 1 p.m., and is approximately 3 miles long. This trail boasts moderately difficult terrain, so please come prepared! Rain or snow will cancel this hike, so please contact the park for confirmation.
On Sunday, November 27, go to DCR’s Breakheart Reservation for one of their weekly guided hikes. At 11 a.m., join your guide and others to explore the Middlesex Fells Reservation for a difficult hike that will last approximately 3 hours.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and be safe hiking!
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