Looking to stretch your legs this summer? Here’s 8 places to go hiking in Greater Gardne – The Gardner News

Looking for an opportunity for some outdoor activity this summer? Eager to take in spectacular views or even just stretch your legs while communing with nature?

There are many places located within Gardner and the surrounding communities which provide a chance to leave the hustle and bustle of work behind and enjoy the relative peace and quiet the woods, fields, streams, ponds and mountains offer have to offer.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the average hiker pace is estimated at 1 ½ miles per hour. So be aware of how long the hike will take and when sunset will occur. Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear, bring a map and share your plans with a family member or friend before you head out on your hike.

Ready to get started? Here is a list of eight places in Greater Gardner to hike this summer.

You’ll fall for the views at Doane’s Falls in Royalston

Address: Doane Hill Road, Royalston

Difficulty: Easy

The shortest hike on our list is among the furthest outside of downtown Gardner, but the views on this 0.4-mile hike just may be the sweetest. From underneath a stone bridge, Lawrence Brook tumbles down a series of plunging and cascading waterfalls toward Tully Lake.

The trail can be accessed at the top or the bottom of the hill, but the official trailhead is located at the bottom. Be mindful of the tree roots and rocks which must be navigated in the steeper sections of the trail.

Dunn State Park offers two trails for hiking enthusiasts

Address: 280 Pearl St., Gardner

Difficulty: Easy

A well-known destination for swimming, fishing, canoeing/kayaking and for family picnics, Dunn State Park offers two mile-long trails for folks who long to take a stroll through the woods or around the pond.

As its name suggests, the Woodland Trail winds through a section of the park’s forest and, thanks to its packed stone dust surface, is fully …….

Source: https://www.thegardnernews.com/story/sports/2022/07/11/heres-8-places-go-hiking-summer-greater-gardner/7788510001/

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