Top Places to Experience Spring Bloom


Posted: March 20, 2019

Fill your days with a little spring bloom appreciation. Between going on a hiking adventure, zip lining through the trees, or simply stopping to smell the roses; spring in Central Massachusetts is all about our love of nature. Check out these top destinations for all things spring bloom!

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

11 French Drive, Boylston MA 

New England’s year-round botanic garden gives visitors a slice of paradise on a beautiful 132-acre property. Offering hundreds of classes, lectures, author events and gardening programs; the Tower Hill Botanic Garden is of epic adventure. With over 12 gardens and an amazing overlook, watching spring bloom at Tower Hill is easy. +discover


Broad Meadow Brook 

414 Massasoit Road, Worcester MA

Take a walk through the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, with over 400 acres cooperatively managed and owned by Mass Audubon. Interpretive signs guide you along well-marked trails through the woods, fields streams and marsh. The center also serves as the visitor site for the National Park Service’s Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. With over 80 species of butterflies, 164 bird species, and 700 plus plant species, Broad Meadow Brook is a unique oasis in the middle of a busy city. +discover


Purgatory Chasm Trail

Experience spring bloom through the immense granite walls of Purgatory Chasm, a unique natural landmark. As you traverse through the rocky trails of the chasm, check out the hidden caves and rock formations, with such romantic names as The Corn Crib, The Coffin, The Pulpit, Lovers' Leap and Fat Man's Misery. Pet-friendly, with picnic tables, grills and playground on-site. +discover

Map: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/purgatory.pdf


Boundless Adventures

154 River Road, West Berlin MA

Experience spring bloom in a whole new way by swinging, zip lining, traversing and climbing your way through the trees on this fun and challenging ropes course. There are obstacle courses for all ages and abilities. The spring season opens April 5, 2019. +discover


Hang Glide New England 

Tanner Hiller Airport, New Braintree MA

If you've never experienced soaring 2,000 feet over the natural landscape of Central Massachusetts - you've been missing out on one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of spring bloom. Discover the feeling of free flight and find out how easy flying a hang glider can be. The flying season opens in May. +discover


Wachusett Greenways – Mass Central Rail Trail

Located on the Mass Central Rail Trail, west of the I-190 bridge in Holden, MA, the Wachusett Greenway offers 19 miles of trails along a 104-mile old railroad line. Beautiful waterways and paths lead hikers and cyclists on an ideal adventure through nature. +discover

Map: http://www.wachusettgreenways.org/wordpress/maps-and-trail-sites/mcrt-map/


Green Hill Park

50 Skyline Drive, Worcester MA

The East Side Trail is a green belt that extends from Cristoforo Columbo Park on Shrewsbury Street to Lake Quinsigamond. The trail covers 3.44 miles and is well-marked. Spending time watching spring approach at Green Hill Park is picturesque. Between the arboretum and wooded paths, Green Hill Park is the go-to park in Worcester. +discover

Map: http://www.gwlt.org/pdfs/EastSideTrailMap.pdf


Moore State Park

1 Sawmill Road, Paxton MA 

A peaceful 737-acre retreat in the heart of Central Massachusetts, Moore State Park was once the site of grist and saw mills from 1747. Today, Moore State Park houses a historical building foundation, a restored sawmill, ponds, waterfalls and mill chutes. Park recreational opportunities include canoeing, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. +discover

Map: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/moore.pdf


Cascading Falls Loop

135 Olean Street, Worcester MA

A great hilly trail giving visitors a taste of wilderness within a few minutes from the center of Worcester. With a beautiful waterfall and with many trails leading to Boynton Park; Cascading Falls Loop is the perfect way to enjoy Worcester’s nature trails.

Map: http://www.gwlt.org/maps/cascades.pdf


Lookout Rock 

Quaker Street, Northbridge MA

Located off a winding country road on the way from Uxbridge to Northbridge, a short hike takes you to Lookout Rock, which overlooks the winding Blackstone River. The landscape offers something new with each season, and is worth a visit to experience spring's bursting colors over a dramatic landscape. +discover


For more trails, visit: http://www.gwlt.org/lands/index.htm

 

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