*Information Provided By Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation*
"Fells" is the Saxon word for rocky, hilly tracts of land - an apt name for this scenic area which is rich in local history. This picturesque area was once favored for timber, granite quarrying, ice industry, and water power for the many mills including one that manufactured some of the first vulcanized rubber products.
The Botume House at 4 Woodland Road is the Middlesex Fells Headquarters and will soon house the Middlesex Fells Visitor Center.
Special features for visitors include the Sheepfold picnic area, Bellevue Pond, Virginia Wood, and Spot Pond. The Sheepfold is 10 acres of open field, ideal for picnics, frisbee playing and informal games. Bellevue Pond is a seasonal pond surrounded by trails and wide fire roads, some leading up to Wrights Tower which looks out over the Boston Basin. Virginia Wood, the site of a vanished mill village called "Haywardville" is now a dense hemlock enclave.
- The Middlesex Fells Reservation's 2,575 acres offer a welcome retreat for city dwellers and a suitable terrain for hikers, horseback riders, rock climbers, cross-country skiers and picnickers as well as natural and cultural history buffs.
Recreation - Mountain biking
Climate - Boston experiences a continental climate that is very common in New England, but with distinct maritime influences due to its position on the Atlantic Ocean. Summers are typically hot and humid, while winters are cold, windy and snowy.
To the West Side of the Middlesex Fells: Interstate 93 South to exit 35. At stop sign, go left under highway. At next stop sign go right. At first set of lights turn right onto Route 28. Turn right into Sheepfold entrance.
Interstate 93 South to exit 33 (Route 28). Take first right onto South Border Rd. Bellevue Pond entrance is on the right.
To the East Side of the Middlesex Fells: Interstate 93 South to exit 35. At stop sign, go left under highway. At next stop sign go right. Go straight through first set of lights. The Botume House Visitor Center is ½ mile past the Stone Zoo on the right.
To the West Side of the Middlesex Fells: Interstate 93 North to exit 33 (Route 28). Sheepfold entrance is 2 miles up on the left… Or, take exit 33, proceed halfway around rotary and take South Border Rd. Bellevue Pond entrance is on the right.
To the East Side of the Middlesex Fells: Interstate 93 North to exit 33 (Route 28). Follow Rte. 28 for .4 miles and turn right on Elm Street. Go3/4 of the way around the rotary and head North on Woodland Road for 1 mile. Botume House Visitor Center is on the left.