Hike Southern Middlesex Fells Loop

Middlesex Fells Parking Area

This beautiful wooded loop trail in Middlesex Fells features a pond and a cave!

Park in the parking area near Bellevue Pond. There are multiple entrances to the reservation (some closer to the reservoir itself than others). I have spent days in there hiking around and never seeing the water and there are days when I just hiked right in to the water and sat and enjoyed it. The trails are perfect for mountain biking as well. I spent so much time here when I lived in Boston because it felt like you had completely escaped the city. You can hike around several miles and never see another person in the cooler months. You can find a quiet spot by the water that is completely your own. And since the reservoir is man made, the water is completely clear and still. It feels like a pristine lake. Middlesex Fells is definitely one of my favorite places. 

See trail map here for Southern Loop. If you want to do this one in the winter, bring your snowshoes!

Pack List

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Camera
  • Snowshoes (winter)
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RT Distance 3.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 756 Feet
Activities Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest

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Secret wilderness moments from downtown

Having grown up in rural wilderness, my husband and I love escaping the city to wander through these trails. On the weekends it’s less than a 15 minute drive!

Escape The City

Great park, I personally preferred the western part of the reserve. Three large water reservoirs and gorgeous scenery. One point: avoid the blue trail, a bit desert and gloomy

Easy Access To Nature

Nice spot to easily get out of the city. Mostly easy terrain but one or two more strenuous options with a few good views


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