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Ahhhh, this is what New England is all about! The Acton Arboretum is a 64-acre piece of conservation land, chock full of beautiful gardens, trees, flowers, ferns, and butterflies. As soon as you walk into the arboretum, I guarantee you will feel worlds away from the everyday hustle and bustle of nearby Rt. 2. Oh, and your dog is sure to love it, too!
The land boasts a lovely trail system that weaves its way through gardens, woods, ponds, a bog, a glacial esker, and open fields. Different sections of the interconnecting trails are made up of pavement, crushed stone, dirt, and boardwalks. I went running on the yellow trail, which takes you around the perimeter of the property in 1.5 miles (I ran it twice and then walked it again to take pictures). I actually didn't take Cooper on this excursion because he's not so great with off-leash dogs and this park has many off-leash dogs. So that is something to keep in mind, depending on the nature of your dog.
This piece of land has quite an interesting history and I highly recommend that you visit the arboretum's website to learn more about it. You can also view trail maps there, too.
Information source: Friends of the Acton Arboretum
Here are the positive features:
- Wow, what a beautiful place!
- Dogs may explore off leash, as long as they are under voice control
- Lots of private spots for you to sit on a blanket and relax (quite romantic, actually)
- A wonderful place for a picnic, as the large field offers several picnic tables
- Not a huge parking lot, but there was ample free parking on a beautiful day
- Some trails are handicapped accessible; also great for strollers
- There are signs identifying different plants as you walk along the trails
- Free bags provided so you can clean up after your pup
- An outhouse is provided in the parking lot
- There were many, many off-leash dogs who were not under voice control (ok for some people and dogs, but not all)
- You'll need bug spray for black flies, mosquitoes, and ticks, especially if you venture into the damp, woodsy area