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Good spots for snowshoeing

 Methuen Town Forest, Methuen

A handful of steep climbs that provide views of Forest Lake, making you feel like you’re trekking through a remote, mountainous area. www.ci.methuen. ma.us/index.php/forest-lake-information-othermenu-432.html

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 Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield

Miles of varied terrain across a 721-acre former estate, with trails for the beginner and experienced snowshoeing enthusiast. www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-north/bradley-palmer-state-park.html

 Arnold Arboretum

Peaceful walks in a tranquil winter landscape, right in the city. www.arboretum .harvard.edu

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 Essex County Trail Association (Hamilton, Ipswich, Topsfield, and surrounding towns)

Dozens of rural trails across six North Shore towns, with specific routes for snowshoeing. www.ectaonline.org

 Boston Common

Urban athletes say this is the best spot in the city to snowshoe immediately after a nor’easter. Nearly 50 gnarly acres when covered in deep powdery snow. www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail/bostoncommon.asp

 Lynn Woods Reservation, Lynn

Founded in 1881, the Lynn Woods Reservation is the second largest municipal park in the Greater Boston area, with 2,200 acres and over 30 miles of trails to explore.

http://www.ci.lynn.ma.us/citydepartments_lynnwoods.shtml

 Walden Pond State Park, Concord

Imagine you are former resident Henry David Thoreau, that “self-appointed inspector of snow-storms and rainstorms” as you pad around the pond he made famous. www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-north/walden-pond-state-reservation.html

 Wompatuck State Park, Hingham

A large network of bike paths, hiking trails, and bridle paths 35 minutes from Boston.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/wompatuck-state-park.html

 Hale Reservation, Westwood

A variety of trails to explore during their winter hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

www.halereservation.org

 Great Brook Farm State Park, Carlisle

A well-marked trail system for snowshoeing, which is free. Cross-country skiing and ski rentals are also available for a reasonable fee. www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/greatbrook-wintertrailuseguide-2014.pdf

 Sandown Town Forest, Sandown, N.H.

Located 45 minutes north of Boston, this park with access to the Exeter River has a wilderness feel to it. We often have the trail to ourselves, even on weekends. www.sandown.us/Pages/sandownnh_bcomm/conservation/index

JAY ATKINSON

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