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Walking at Bradley Palmer State Park

What to Bring

Walking shoes   Backpack
Hat   Sunglasses
Sunscreen   Comfortable pants
Windbreaker   Insect repellent
Water   Snacks
Plastic trash bag    


  From Boston, take route 1 north
  In Topsfield, turn right on Ipswich street
  Turn right on Asbury street and drive for
200 yards
Park entrance is on the left (sign)
Bear right to park below the Park headquarters’ building
  Good to know in advance

Restrooms near headquarters

  Free map available at headquarters and online at www.state.ma.us/dem/parks/trails.htm
  Pets on leash—clean up after them
  Carry out your trash
  Stay on trails
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Difficulty: 2/5
  Time from Boston: 1 hour
  Duration: Few hours or
half day


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This is one of the few places in Massachusetts when you can walk across open fields and sit on the grass to soak up sun. Ready to go?

Bradley Palmer State Park is a great place for a long walk in the woods and across open meadows. Equestrians sometimes use the Park and these open fields are part of an extensive network of bridle trails. Open spaces are a welcome change from most of the state'’s parks and forests, where dense woods usually prevent you from walking in the sun. Here, you will have a more balanced mix of forest trails and open fields that makes this walk very attractive.

From the parking lot, take the unpaved road closed by a gate under the trees (not the paved one below). Continue up until you reach an intersection of several trails in a small clearing. Bear slightly left to take the trail that goes up the hill. At a left bend, you will see a large open meadow. Walk down to it and follow the barely visible tracks of an unpaved road that sneak through it, slightly on the left and uphill. Always follow that large trail through the clearing and around Moon Hill on your left. At one point, you leave the clearing to follow a better-paved road and an intersection—another road heads to the right. Continue straight as the road slowly heads down back to the headquarters above the parking lot.

If you want to bring children and have a more relaxed time, the Park offers more facilities at its southern end. Check our families' destination at Bradley Palmer State Park for an exciting day out with the kids!


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