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One-way trail loop to be created at Walden Pond to promote social distancing

Signs pointed out the direction visitors should take for one way trails to limit face to face contact while walking the trails at Walden Pond.Barry Chin/Globe Staff/The Boston Globe

A one-way trail loop will be created at Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord to promote social distancing for those looking to get fresh air during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will implement the trail "in an effort to promote social distancing and reduce close contact of trail users at the state park during the COVID-19 public health emergency,” according to a statement from the department.

Each trailhead will have clear markings and signs to guide visitors. Another one-way loop trail will be created at Lake Park within Quinsigamond State Park in Worcester, the department said.


State parks throughout Massachusetts remain open, the department said. At all parks, the DCR recommended maintaining a distance of 6 feet between visitors.

All trash cans have been removed from the parks in an effort to stem the spread of the virus, the department said in a tweet.

“It’s no secret, attendance in the state park system is up for this time of year so we’re asking everyone to be responsible by taking trash & dog waste out with you when you leave,” the department’s tweet read.

All state park restrooms, visitors centers, playgrounds, hockey rinks, athletic fields and courts, golf courses, and beach parking lots are closed, according to the department’s website.

Matt Berg can be reached at matthew.berg@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mattberg33.