In the News: 6 Trails for Winter Walks and Hikes North of Boston

January 07, 2022 / Good to Know, In The News, Outdoor Adventures, Things to Do & See


Excerpt from 6 Trails for Winter Walks and Hikes North of Boston

When the new year arrives, many of us are eager to shake off our Christmas-cookie stupor, get out of our houses, and explore the world around us. We may even make some resolutions about enjoying nature more or committing to exercise.

If you find yourself eager to ramble in 2022, whether you’re looking for a hike through a snow-covered forest to a walk along a deserted beach, the North Shore offers a wealth of places to get outside, no matter the season. Whatever your outdoor goal is, we have a destination for you.

“Depending on what experience you want, the North Shore offers a lot of opportunities,” says Peter Marotta, stewardships data and projects coordinator for The Trustees of Reservations, who is an avid winter hiker himself.

For a Woodland Wander


To enjoy the beauty of a snow-covered wood, you can’t do better than Ravenswood. Ten miles of trails take you under hemlocks, magnolias, and pine trees, enveloping visitors in the natural world. Wintry light filters through the branches, and drifting snowflakes sparkle in the air with every breeze.

Novice winter hikers can keep to the wide and gentle Old Salem Road path, a former carriage road. If you’re seeking a more challenging hike, try the boulder-studded Ledge Hill Trail. No matter which route you choose, be aware that Ravenswood is very dog friendly, so your walk is likely to include some cavorting canines.

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