You Can Enjoy These Outdoor Activities at Trustee Properties This Winter

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From snowshoeing fire pits to guided hikes.

A fire pit at Appleton Farms, a property of the Reservations Trustees in Ipswich. Reservation trustees

There are many ways to have fun outdoors with the Reservation trustees this winter season, from gatherings around a campfire to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to winter hikes full of wonder.

“Directors are making sure there’s something for everyone this winter,” Kristen Swanberg, managing director of director engagement, said in a statement. “We also understand that COVID is always a factor, so we are ensuring that our valuable outdoor properties remain open, safe and accessible to everyone all year round.”

Guests looking for a warm outdoor spot in the middle of nature can book a private fire pit at several Trustees properties this winter, a popular activity first introduced last season.

Groups of up to six people can reserve a pit for up to two hours, and the organization provides the wood, seating and, in some cases, s’more kits. The cost ranges from $30 to $75, depending on the property and if you are a trust member. See a list of fireplace locations.

Tackle the snow this season at Notchview in Windsor, part of the Hoosac Range in the Berkshire Hills, which offers over 3,000 acres of rolling terrain for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The establishment offers equipment rentals, “learn to ski” programs and private lessons until April.

Those looking for more cross-country trails will find them at Brooks Woodland Preserve in Petersham, Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield, Copicut Woods in Fall River, Field Farm in Williamstown, Noon Hill in Medfield, and Ravenswood Park in Gloucester.

Find other snowshoe trails at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Copicut Woods in Fall River, Doyle Community Park in Leominster, Francis William Bird Park in East Walpole, Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Noanet Woodlands in Dover and Rocky Woods in Medfield. Snowshoe rentals are available at Appleton Farms, Fruitlands Museum, Notchview and Rocky Woods.

Visit the venue websites for individual pricing.

Administrators’ winter hikes range from owl hunting to moonlight hikes to viewing one of western Massachusetts’ most prominent cliffs.

Let the moon guide your steps on one of the many moonlight hikes on offer this winter, including Appleton Farms in Ispwich, World’s End in Hingham and Copicut Woods in Fall River. (The Copicut hike is for women only.) These moonlight hikes cost between $9 and $25, depending on the property and whether you’re a member of the Trustees.

If you prefer a sunrise hike, you’ll find some at Rocky Woods in Medfield ($15 for members and $25 for non-members).

Look for snowy owls in their winter habitat on a hike to Crane Beach on the Crane Estate in Ipswich or Doyle Community Park in Leominster. These owl hikes cost from $9 to $30, depending on the property and if you are a member of the trustees.

Or take a winter hike to the Bullitt Reserve in Ashfield and Conway, where you hike approximately 2 miles through the historic conservation area to Chapel Falls, a waterfall at the base of Chapel Ledges and one of the most prominent cliffs in western Massachusetts. This hike costs $25.

See other types of hikes offered by the trustees this winter.

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