A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Shattuck Reservation in Medfield for the first time. This beautiful hiking destination located right on the Charles River is one of 128 properties across the state owned and maintained by The Trustees. Whatever adventure calls, there is much to explore throughout the region and beyond.

Spanning over 200 acres, the Shattuck Reservation is a mix of forest, wetlands and former pasture that runs adjacent to Noon Hill (which includes an additional parking lot), another Trustees property. With trails running alongside the banks of the Charles River, this is a great spot for mountain biking, dog walking and solo or group hiking.

This was taken in April, it’s much greener and lusher now.

The Trustees own over twenty locations spanning the Metrowest region, including museums, farms, meadows, forests and a peninsula. While some charge admission (check out your local library for discounted museum passes), most properties are free of charge and open from dawn to dusk year-round.

If you’re looking for a longer trip, the organization offers destinations across the Commonwealth, including gardens, beaches, historic homes and estates, wildlife refuges and even dinosaur footprints! With school vacation starting and the peak of daylight approaching, now is the perfect time to get outside and explore the natural beauty all around us.