Boston November 08, 2017
by Juliet White These 5 Trails Around Boston Will Lead You To Extraordinary Ruins
Ruins don’t have to be ancient to be interesting. These old structures in and around Boston offer glimpses of history otherwise forgotten and of people’s past dreams. From bear dens to resorts, these abandoned places turn a fun hike into a fascinating experience. Check out these 5 trails around our city:
1. Great Misery Island
Don’t let the name fool you; there’s plenty of fun to be had on this island off Salem. Explore 2.5 miles of trails that lead through changing landscapes, from wooded terrain to rocky shoreline. In addition to the stunning views, you can wander through the ruins of the old resort that once made this spot a relaxing slice of paradise. It remains an intriguing place to visit. While you can access the island year-round by private boat, the
2. Bear Dens, Franklin Park
Franklin Park contains so much more than the zoo. Inside Long Crouch Woods, the old Bear Dens lies forgotten. Maybe it’s the bars or else the contrast between elaborate stonework and dens in disrepair, but these structures have a slightly eerie feel.
3. Ruins on Schoolmaster Hill, Franklin Park
The Bear Dens aren’t the only intriguing ruins within this park; there are also some on Schoolmaster Hill. Ralph Waldo Emerson lived on this spot for two years before it became a park! Then, in 1882, a multipurpose building was constructed here.
Unfortunately, during the 1930s, the structure was scorched in a fire. So what you see today is the partially restored remains of that building. Learn more about this specific hike
. Franklin Park can be a little confusing so it’s a good idea to print out or pull up this
on your phone before you go.
4. Peabody Loop, Noanet Woodlands
Nestled in Noanet Woodlands, on the 2.6-mile long Peabody Loop, lie the picturesque ruins of an old mill. This lovely
features forested landscapes, three tranquil ponds, and usually solitude.
5. Fort Revere Park
In the mood for a short jaunt? Then you’ll love the ruins of Fort Revere in Hull. When constructed, the sweeping ocean views were needed for defensive reasons, but now you’re free to simply admire them. Once on Telegraph Hill, it’s more of a series of scrambles than a traditional hike as you investigate the fort. You’ll find a few parking spaces at the top.
Have you visited any of these ruins? What abandoned places in the Boston area do you find appealing?
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