We Like To Move It! Wintertime Trails Around the South Coast

WINTER TRAILS AROUND THE SOUTH COAST

We’re one month closer to Spring! Wintertime in Massachusetts can seem long and dreary, but moving your body a little bit each day can improve your overall mental health; reducing stress and anxiety! Adding to that, working from home is now the norm, which means carving out some time to get outside is truly key. So, whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just want to take a stroll to get your body moving, here are a few destinations that will inspire you to stay active this winter:


Westport Woods Conservation Park

Westport Woods Conservation has about 82 acres of property and about three miles of trails for walking/running. Once home to the St. Vincent De Paul Camp, Westport Woods was protected in 2018 and turned into a family friendly preserve where people could explore and connect with nature! The paths at Westport Woods are mostly flat, making a perfect spot for an afternoon stroll and an easy path for a light run. This trail runs from meadows and through wetlands and woodland areas, with a small island on the southern end that one can venture out to when water levels are low — so be sure to snap some photos too!


Betty’s Neck, Lakeville 

One of our local favorites, driving to Betty’s Neck couldn’t be easier! The road winds right to public parking. You’ll find yourself at what locals call “in between the lakes,” with beautiful water views on either side of you. The trail loops about three miles with 167 elevation gain. It’s a combination of wooded trails and lakeside fun. We recommend exploring what this peaceful lake has to offer! And, if you really want to get your miles in, you can park at the entrance of the cranberry bogs and run to Betty’s Neck…as a warm up for your three miles!


Freetown-Fall River State Forest

Located north of Fall River and New Bedord, this forest has everything for the outdoor adventurer. This home to the Wampanoag reservation has 5,000 acres of forest and 25 miles of trail for hiking or running (if you’re that type of ambitious). The Freetown-Fall River State Forest is also home to the popular Profile Rock, a 50-foot figure that is said to resemble a profile of Chief Massasoit. Before heading into this forest and making your way through the trails, we highly suggest downloading their map!


Destruction Brook Woods, Dartmouth

While the name might sound slightly intimidating, Destruction Brook Woods is quite the opposite; boasting tons of outdoor beauty. Destruction Brook has some unique historical features, including an old mill and farmstead. The 280 acre property has about 10 miles of path that are clearly marked, making it easy to navigate and stay on track. You can start your journey at the Slades Corner Road parking lot on the Red Trail. This 1.5-mile loop allows for scenic spots including Ella’s Bridge, Alice’s Spillway, and the serene Pine Glade. Destruction Brook also accommodates The Green Trail and The Yellow Trail. Whichever path you choose, or as we like to say it’s a “Choose Your Own Adventure”, you are sure to get your steps in while enjoying killer scenic views. 


Herb Hadfield Conservation Area, Westport
 

Herb Hadfield is set against the Angeline Brook, making this a peaceful area to walk and clear your mind. This conservation area is good for all fitness levels and includes various loops that extend two miles. This trail is primarily for walking and nature trips, so grab the little ones!

These are what we think are the best walking and running trails for the wintertime, but let us know if you have your own awesome spot to recommend. And, if these seem like a long shot, you can always venture out for a jog in your own neighborhood! The South Coast has some of the best communities for strolling outside, even in the wintertime! Whichever you choose, we hope you get your blood pumping before the next snow storm.