Appleton Farms Grass Rides
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member bctrail
N 42° 38.965 W 070° 52.176
19T E 346746 N 4723578
Quick Description: Two hundred fifty nine forested acres with over five miles of well maintained wide trails, located in Hamilton, Massachusetts.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 6/6/2009 7:02:55 PM
Waymark Code: WM6HH5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:
The Grass Rides is one of many properties owned by The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR). The "Rides" is an English term for a carriage ride path. This is generally a very quiet, serene, and peaceful place. Five miles of trails can hold a lot of people without running into each other very often. The web site link gives detailed information about the property and the trails. The visitor parking area is on Highland Street, just north of the intersection of Cutler Road, in Hamilton. The property is open from sunrise to sunset.

This property directly adjoins the Appleton Farms property, also owned by TTOR. These two properties are administered, managed, and operated as a single unit, and their separation is little more than a technicality. Together they contain over 900 acres (nearly 1.5 square miles), and have more than eleven miles of trails. The Farms has many more open fields and pastures, as compared to the Grass Rides, which has more forest. The trails freely cross from one property to the other. The Appleton Farms Public Access Waymark provides more details for that section.

For points of interest on both properties, see the list given in Lucky 7 at Appleton Farms. There are also at least four geocaches. Be sure to pick up a trail map, either from the web site link above, or in the parking area. Enjoy the Farms. Its a great place to visit.
Estimated size of the public land (in regional measurement standard: hectares, acres, kms, etc.): 259 acres

Is there a trail system?: Yes

If there is a trail system, please describe length, terrain, etc.:
Over five miles of trails: very broad and easy under foot. It was laid out 100 years ago for horse and carriage riding, and so the grades are very modest.

What points of interest are there?:
Round Point Pinnacle, Waymark Code: WM6FBY, or see "nearest waymarks" link, or the Long Description above.

What activities are available?:
Hiking, dog walking, skiing/snowshoeing, biking, no horses, no motorized vehicles of any type.

Hours of accessibility?: Dawn to Dusk

List of known hazards (cliffs, snakes, poison plants, etc.):
Poison ivy is all I know of.

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Is a permit/fee required?: Yes

If a permit/fee is required please describe in detail how to get one, how much, etc.:
Entrance fee is $3 daily, paid at the parking area (honor system). This one fee applies to entrance to both the Farms and the Grass Rides. Must be a member of TTOR and have a (free) "green dog permit" to walk your dog.

Please supply the website of the land if available: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
Visitors are encouraged to supply a picture of either themselves or their GPS at the trailhead and/or signage of the public access lands - describe your experience there and what you saw - tell us why other folks should come visit!

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