Fells Reservation Trail Map
A detailed map of the entire Fells Reservation is here.
All the Trails described here are on the Fells Map which is provided free to members when they join, or it can be purchased.
Bear Hill Trail
Blue blazes. 0.2 miles. From the intersection with the Skyline: 15 minutes (via the Skyline Trail north from Sheepfold parking lot: 1 hour).
Accessed from the Skyline trail this
trail ascends through the woods to
the base of Bear Hill Tower. Y
ou may climb the tower for scenic
views. An easy hike.
Cross Fells Trail
Blue blazes. 4.5 miles. Average
hiking time: 5 hours one way.
Beginning in the western Fells near the Medford High School, the Cross Fells Trail gives a good sampling of the features of the Reservation, from wetlands at Whitmore Brook to open water at Quarter Mile Pond in the eastern Fells, to views at Cairn Hill. Use caution crossing South Border Road, Route 28, Woodland Road and the Fellsway. A difficult hike.
East of Route 93
Crystal Spring Trail
Red blazes. 1.4 miles. Average hiking time: 1.5 hours.
Skirting the edge of a wetland ail ascends Whip and Wamoset Hills and passes close to Crystal Spring. The trail connects to Virginia Wood Trail on the south side of Pond Street (use caution crossing). A moderate hike.
Virginia Wood Trail
Pink blazes. 0.8 miles. Average hiking time: 1 hour.
This trail traverses Virginia Wood. One of the first parcels of private land given for public conservation purposes. The wood is also the site of the old mill town Haywardville (see next trail description). Virginia Wood Trail connects to the Rock Circuit Trail. An easy to moderate hike.
Spot Pond Brook Archaeological District Self Guided Trail
Yellow blazes. 0.8 miles. Average hiking time: 1 hour.
The trail is marked one way (beginning at the Recreation Headquarters 4 Woodland Road where free tour brochure can be obtained) for use with the self-guided trail brochure, describing 150 years of water powered industry. An easy trail.
Descriptions of Middlesex Fells trail features for the eastern and western sections of the reservation help plan your visits.
Maps of the Reservation are free with Membership. Non-members may order a map by sending a $4.00 check or money order to: Friends of the Fells, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA, 02176. Don't forget your address!
In a hurry? Maps may be available at the following retail stores that have carried our maps in the past. Check with them to see if they have maps in stock.
AMC Bookstore - 5 Joy Street, Beacon Hill, Boston, 617/523-063
Book Ends - 559 Main St., Winchester Center, Winchester, 781/721-5933
The Book Oasis - 311 Main St., Stoneham, 781/438-0077
The Book Rack - 13 Medford St., Arlington Center, Arlington, 781/646-2665
Botume House Visitor Center, Fells Reservation, 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham, 781-662-5214
Porter Square Books - Porter Sq. Shopping Center, Cambridge, 617/491-2220
REI - 279 Salem St. (Rt. 128 Exit 40), Reading, 781/944-5103
401 Main Street
West of Route 93
White blazes. 6.9 miles. Average hiking time: 5 hours.
The Skyline Trail follows the outer perimeter of the western Fells. There are spectacular views of Boston and the surrounding area. Most of the Skyline trail is in wooded landscape, with several steep ascents to rocky outcrops. A difficult hike.
Orange blazes. 5.2 miles. Average hiking time: 3.5 hours.
The Reservoir Trail encircles the north, middle and south reservoirs and the open water can be seen from many sites (the reservoirs are for drinking water, so access to them is prohibited). A moderate to difficult hike.
Long Pond Nature Trail
Pink blazes. 0.9 miles. Average hiking time: 1 hour.
The Nature Trail was developed by Winchester Trails. This organization has a nature pamphlet and a Teacher's Manual describing plants, animals, insects and geology at 8 trail stations. An easy trail.
We offer a variety of hiking programs in all seasons led by dedicated volunteers who share their knowledge of the many aspects of the Fells with participants. All hike programs are free and do not require registration. For a Calendar of Babes in the Woods events please click here.
Babes in the Woods Are you home on mornings with young children? Come for a walk in the woods with Friends of the Middlesex Fells hike leader Terry Murray.
The walks occur every Tuesday: for children of all ages. Please note that these hikes are not suitable for strollers.
Thursday: Adventure hikes are a bit more aerobic for parents and children able to keep an adult pace through mixed terrain.
And Saturday: Family hikes; kids of any age are welcome, however, programming will be targeted to 5 to 8-year olds who
can’t join us during the week.
All Babes hikes are from 10:00am to 11:30am. Rain or show cancels. No dogs please. Questions? Call the Friends at 781-662-2340
Drop-in format, no pre-registration, free. For convenience you can access the annual liability waiver form here, print and sign and hand in to Terry Murray during your next hike. Babes in the Woods is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Middlesex Fells, Medford Family Network, the North Suburban Family Network, the Malden/Evertt Family Network, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Terry Murray's website is found here and Babes in the Woods parents Facebook page is here. For Maps and directions for Gates and other meeting locations click here. GPS coordinates for the various Babes in the Woods meeting locations:
Greenwood Park parking lot
144-150 Pond St
Stoneham, MA 02180
Sheepfold parking lot: Gate 26
approximately 698 Fellsway West, Stoneham, MA 02180
Long Pond parking lot
approximately 532 S. Border Rd, Winchester, MA 01890
Bellevue Pond parking lot
approximately 68 S Border Rd, Medford, MA 02155
DCR Botume House Visitor Center - Spot Pond
4 Woodland Rd., Stoneham, MA 02180
FRIENDS OF FELLS HIKING PROGRAMS
Rock Circuit Trail
White blazes. 3.7 miles. Average hiking time: 4.5 hours.
Much of the trail traverses rocky outcrops in this corner of the park, providing a variety of scenic views.
Rock Circuit Connector
Orange blazes. 0.6 miles.
Allows hikers to cut the Rock Circuit Trail in half. It runs between gate #51 of the Fellsway East and Rock Circuit Trail.
To view Self Guided Trail