You have heard for many years the wonderful benefits you and your body get from walking for exercise. Whether it’s to get some fresh air, walk your dog or even spend quality family time walking through a local park. We have so many parks available to us – some right on the ocean, or ponds or on lakes. A great website to check out is Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) (www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/). Your will find a listing of DCR’s Mass. Parks, places to go, programs and events, recreational activities, accessibility, permits, passes, fees and rental information. Their website is full of valuable information! The email is: Mass.email@example.com or the main phone: 617-626-1250.
My personal favorite local park to walk is Norris Reservation off Dover Street in Norwell (across from Post Office). It has many walking trails and is dog friendly (if the dog is leashed and you pick up after your dog). There are different length paths you can take (please note, it is not paved….it is more of an easy hiking trail; your young children will love the beautiful salt
marshes, the North River or you might see local fisherman fishing for trout at the mill pond on the left as you enter the park. Stop at the boat house on the river or at one of the many benches set-up to enjoy the beautiful scenery. It is 2 miles of trails – lots of places to take picture – I would even recommend it for a destination for professional family portraits. There are picnic benches to enjoy, right next to a babbling brook. Enjoy a few hours or enjoy the day (unfortunately, no restrooms available).
Another personal favorite is Stoddard’s Neck (dog park) in Hingham which is located near the Back River Bridge on Rte 3A. It’s on the Hingham/Weymouth line. It’s a piece of hilly land (though the dirt walking trail is flat) which sticks out into the Hingham waters – beautiful breeze, lots of places to have a picnic and you will see many dogs that enjoy swimming in the ocean (wet dog smell anyone?!) Most of the dogs are off-leash but appear to be very friendly. If you, or any member of your family, are afraid of dogs, this may not be the walking place for you. But if you want a dog-friendly park, this is a wonderful choice on the south shore as there is lots of ball throwing, running and dogs playing with each other. There is a water fountain for dogs, but unfortunately no restrooms available for humans.
Beautiful spring weather begs for nice walks in the park. It’s a great stress reliever and I’ve met many new people (and dogs) during my many walking adventures – I hope you do too!