Ashland State Park

Posted By on December 7, 2012

Ashland State Park

4.23 miles   ★★★½

took a brisk stroll around a very pretty reservoir in metro-west boston. that was also the bad news… i was walking in people’s back yards, and there was constant road noise. but it was still a very pretty place. best part is my dh and i had our 3rd date here, many years ago. it was a picnic and we fed ducks. so romantic. saw no ducks today.

path across the reservoir dam

path across the reservoir dam

the path started off nice and smooth, but soon became very rocky and root-y. i saw several people running, and i can’t for the life of me figure out how they keep from tripping or turning their ankles. ah, youth.

bridge

bridge

there was a huge granite block sluiceway at the end of the dam with this nice little footbridge crossing it. it must have been a big wpa project.

fungus shot!

fungus shot!

it was a gloomy, overcast day, but that somehow suited the place. the sky was perfectly reflected in the water.

beaver activity

beaver activity

there was even extensive beaver damage to a lot of the trees at one end of the reservoir. not something i would have expected to see in busy metro-west.

you can get a trail map of and information about ashland state park from the massachusetts department of conservation and recreation.

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