Boston Suburbs with a Best Nature Access
January 6, 2015 - Picnic Time
“Something like 5 miles primeval from Boston lies a good tract of country, all hard hills and table-lands, roughly uninhabited, and of smashing picturesqueness, and furious imperishable beauty.”
That is how a Boston Herald described Middlesex Fells in 1879, during a years-long quarrel to strengthen a forest there from logging and other industrial forces. The Middlesex Fells Reservation, that was finally combined in a mid-1880s, is right in Medford’s backyard.
Although I-93 now runs by a center of a reservation, abating a “wild, imperishable beauty” somewhat, it still contains miles on miles of hiking trails. The Fells is centered around Spot Pond, where we can lease kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and canoes in a summer months. The rocky, hilly landscape also creates a Middlesex Fells a sold pull for towering bikers.
And there’s a ZOO. You can go even in a winter, when Stone Zoo’s website says you’re expected to see black bears, sleet leopards, cougars, meerkats and otters, which, frankly, sound like all a best animals anyway.