Due to State and Town advisories concerning COVID-19, FoNT events are on hold.
We will keep the latest information on this page.
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - Cancelled
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Natick Trails Day
An annual volunteer event, the Spring Trails Day for 2020 will concentrate on cleanup and improvements in the Pickerel Pond area. Abundant street parking is at Erie Drive, near the corner of Oak St. While the May 2 date has been cancelled, we hope to rescheduled later in the Spring if conditions permit - or else defer to the annual October Trails Day.
Families are welcome, as there will be age-appropriate work for all. Projects include installation of bog bridges in the area of trail near Bradford Road, clearing fallen trees and branches, and laying down wood chips to improve the trail surface. Come for part or all of the day - participants should bring their own water and food, as well as necessary sanitary protection. Folks are encouraged to bring tools such as loppers, shovels, gloves, and wheelbarrows, but there will be tools available.
As a change to past years' practice, in order to minimize personal contact at check-in time we are asking folks to RSVP in advance, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org – and then just show up at the check-in booth before the start time. Also in recognition of sanitary issues, coffee and pastry treats will not be provided this time. For last-minute news and updates, visit the Friends of Natick Trails here at https://www.friendsofnaticktrails.org/events or contact us at the above email address.
Guided Trail Walks
While the Town of Natick's trails themselves remain open to the public, FoNT's series of guided trail walks are currently on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Look here or on Facebook for an announcement, when we schedule our first one for 2020 - most likely at the Town Forest. In the meantime, please practice considerate social distancing when you go out and enjoy the outdoors!
Saturday, October 19 2019
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Natick Trails Day
The 10th Annual Natick Trails Day will take place at the Cochituate Aqueduct on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 9 am to 3 pm. This annual event, sponsored by the Natick Open Space Advisory Committee, encourages Natick residents to explore our trail system and work together to perform trail improvements and maintenance to help make our trails attractive and safe. Volunteers may park on Erie Drive, and join us near the intersection of Oak Street.
Families are welcome, as there will be age-appropriate work for all. Projects include installation of signposts and stairs at the Erie Drive trailhead, clearing fallen trees and branches, and laying down wood chips to improve the trail surface. People are encouraged to bring tools such as loppers, shovels, gloves, and wheelbarrows, but there will be tools available for use. Participants should bring their own water and food.
The Cochituate Aqueduct Trail starts at the end of Bradford Road in Wethersfield, proceeds through the scenic Pickerel Pond area, and follows the Cochituate Aqueduct through Natick and Wellesley, ending in Newton Centre. It is a key component of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s LandLine regional trail network.
For further information contact Doug Drenik at <email@example.com>.
Monday, October 14 2019
6:45 pm arrive - 7:00 pm start time
5K Fun Run - Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company
Join in for a run and beer and fun! Exhibit A is a great spot and they’re opening their doors and taps for FoNT! The address is 81 Morton St in Framingham. (There is a parking lot behind their taproom, or on-street parking is nearby.) Come at 6:45 pm to be part of the photo and to take part in the Fun Run, or come a little later and enjoy the happy glow from all the returning runners (not to mention the happy taste of Exhibit A's wide selection of libations). There will be a Raffle, with proceeds going toward FoNT's general treasury in support of Natick trails.
Sunday, September 15 2019
Town Forest Trail Walk
In recognition of the Town of Natick's advisory of Moderate risk level concerning mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the Friends of Natick Trails' September walk in Town Forest is cancelled. Stay tuned for future events.
Sunday, August 25 2019
9:00 am to approximately 10:00 am
Pickerel Pond Trail Walk
Join us for a stroll around the trails near Pickerel Pond, a scenic spot many Natick residents have heard of but never seen. Meet us at Huron Drive, a short street that is off of Erie Drive off of Oak Street north of Route 9 near Pine Street - see map link below. On-street parking is plentiful (please be mindful of the signs), or of course come on foot or by bike. Bring along drinking water and insect repellent. Hiking boots aren't really needed, but it's been a rainy spring and summer, and these unpaved trails may be wet in spots, so wear shoes that you don't mind the soles getting a little dirty. Supervised kids and leashed pets are very appropriate for this nearly flat, approximately 1.5 mile walk, lasting about an hour. Nearby resident Dave Little will provide insights about the route, including recent trail work and the potential for further improvements. The planned route includes a side trail where the remains of an old wrecked car, a local landmark, can be seen.
Pickerel Pond, Natick
Monday, July 29 2019
6:45 pm to approximately 8 pm
Pegan Cove Trail Walk
Join us for an exploration of the nooks and crannies of the trail system at Pegan Cove. The date is Monday, July 29, starting at 6:45 pm and going for about an hour. Meet at the parking lot on Washington Avenue just north of the railroad tracks, where the sign on the street says The Tony Anniballi Memorial Park and there is room for several cars, or come on foot or by bike. Bring along water, and of course bug spray. Kids and leashed pets are very appropriate for this easy outdoors event! Learn about recent efforts to maintain this popular public resource beside Lake Cochituate, and help consider what additional actions could make it even better.
Saturday, June 22 2019
9 am to approximately 11 am
Eisenmenger Trail Walk
Join us for a walking tour of the full extent of Natick's Eisenmenger Trail, starting at its northern terminus just south of Natick Center at the Coolidge Field baseball diamond, reaching its southern end at the Sudbury Aqueduct in South Natick. It's two miles down, and two miles back, and part of the return journey will use an alternate path that you'll want to know about. Elevation change is modest, approximately 50 feet of altitude altogether. We'll set a leisurely pace that should cover the distance in a couple of hours, with time included for stops to discuss points of interest. Supervised kids old enough to walk for this amount of time are extremely welcome, as well as adults!
In addition to the ins and outs of navigating the main trail, you'll also learn about the network of trails downhill from the hospital, some actions being taken to control erosion, some history, and maybe even a new appreciation for the moss growing abundantly beside the trails (some have called this our Emerald Trail, not to be confused with Boston's Emerald Necklace).
So meet at 9:00 Saturday morning, at the trail kiosk at Coolidge Field, near the intersection of Chester St and Sheridan St. There should be ample parking available on the eastbound side of Chester St beside the fenced boundary of Coolidge Field. Bring drinking water, bug spray, and of course wear appropriate comfortable walking shoes for this unpaved trail.