Hiking Info

Choose from an option below to learn more about the hiking trails at Adams Farm.

Benches With a View

If you’d like to escape to a quiet spot with a great view, we’ve got just the place.  There are two strategically-placed benches at Adams Farm, donated by Dr. Gordon Goodband in memory of his wife Margaret, that offer an escape from life’s everyday hustle and bustle.

Many of you have probably already noticed one of the benches, which is located under a large pine tree at the back of the field behind the barn.  To get to this bench, follow the cart path until you reach the woods, turn right through the fence at the Dogipot dispenser, and head for the large pine tree.  If you enjoy water features, take a quick detour by turning right as you enter the field, and follow the trail down to the vernal pool.  During the warmer months, the pool is teeming with iridescent dragonflies and elusive little green frogs.

If shorter hikes are more your speed, the other bench is located just off the other side of the cart path.  Turn left before entering the woods, and the bench will be just a few steps in front of you, hidden behind some tall plants.  Take a short (or long!) break here and you’ll be rewarded with a view of rolling fields stretching all the way back to North Street.  The remains of a stone wall and wooden fence border the far edge of the fields and tall trees almost completely block the cart path, providing a wonderful feeling of solitude.

For a special treat, come in the early morning when the mist is rising off the fields!

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A Walk along the Blue Trail at Adams Farm

A wonderful hike at Adams Farm for newcomers and seasoned hikers alike is the Blue Trail.  Requiring about an hour, the trail begins at the metal gate next to the information kiosk and takes you on a circular loop through the back field.  The humming of cicadas fills the air as you follow the gravel road away from the barn.  You may see sparrows, robins, blue jays, and red-winged blackbirds winging by, and spot butterflies and chipmunks as well.  Many birds are nesting in the birdhouses which flank the gravel road.  Further down, two benches are located on either side of the road, inviting you to stop for a moment to take in the beautiful view.

hiking1Continuing down the road to enter the wooded section of the trail, you will pass a third bench with a trail going off to the right.  This marks the spot where the Blue Trail loop begins, and you may either continue straight ahead or turn right onto the trail by the bench.  If you choose to go straight on, the road will take you past orange-and-white trail markers (a hike for another day!) to the back field which feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of civilization.

Following the trail along the right edge of the back field, you may notice a little black snake slither into hiding, chipmunks running for cover, and many, many birds soaring overhead.  Re-entering the woods at the back right corner of the field, the Blue Trail meets up with New England Forestry land.  At this point the trail joins an old cart path, formerly used to travel between Dedham and Medfield, which is deeply worn with many tree roots and rocks sporadically protruding from it.  Keep a close eye on the ground on this section of the trail to avoid tripping!

Passing an old stone wall on the left, you will come upon two areas where sections cut from fallen trees form stepping stones over wet areas in the trail that have since dried up in the summer heat.  At this point, you will have been hiking for about 30 minutes.  Further along you will come upon a path that leads to a beautiful white gate.  Bear to the right here, as this is private property, and continue to bear right at the next fork in the trail, watching for blue paint marks on trees or blue metal wedges approximately 2” x 5” nailed to trees that mark the Blue Trail.  The path narrows and eventually comes out of the woods near the bench mentioned earlier, the perfect spot for a rest.

To finish up your hike, turn left onto the gravel road, and a short walk will bring you back within sight of the barn.  Minutes later you will be at the metal gate once again, ready to plan your next hike at Adams Farm!

Trail maps of the Farm are available here and at the kiosk next to the barn for those who would like to go hiking at the Farm.

Total hiking time = 1 hour
Distance = 2 miles
Difficulty = easy

Short Woods Loop

For a shorter hike in the woods than the hour-long Blue Trail loop, you can combine portions of the White and Red Trails to make a short loop through the woods that takes about 35-40 minutes.

From the parking lot, follow the Blue Trail for about 10 minutes, entering the woods and passing the Orange Trail on the left.  After passing a bench on the right, you’ll reach the point where the White Trail crosses the Blue Trail at #106.

From the Blue Trail, turn right onto the White Trail.  The path heads downhill, traversing a rocky area reminiscent of a dry stream bed, the roughest spot on the trail.  The path then bends to the left and uphill, winding through low undergrowth.  In a few minutes you’ll reach #213.  Turn right, following the path uphill to the left.  The trail doubles back on itself, then heads uphill again to the right over another rocky stretch.  The trail continues to meander through the woods for about 5 minutes until you reach #221 where the White and Red Trails merge briefly.  Turn left, go up the hill, and bear left at the fork (#222) to stay on the Red Trail.  

A short distance later the Red Trail ends at the Blue Trail (#201).  Turn left onto the Blue Trail and follow it back to the parking lot.

Total hiking time:  35-40 minutes
Distance:  1.4 miles
Difficulty:  moderate

Introducing the Monarch Trail

With the help of the Trails Committee and an Eagle Scout project, a new trail has been created in the field behind the barn.  We’ve named it the Monarch Trail after all the Monarch butterfly activity going on in that field and in the adjacent Butterfly Garden.  It’s a short trail, perfect for those who have limited time to spend at the Farm or who prefer a shorter hike.

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Gary Riggott, the head of the Trails Committee, designed the trail which makes a loop around the field behind the barn and then rejoins the main path to the back meadow near the tree line of the woods.  It was initially a grassy, mown trail until John Gillespie, a Boy Scout from Troop 44, took on the task of spreading a layer of wood chips on the trail for his Eagle Project.  Gary supervised John, along with several other scouts and parents from his troop, as they covered the entire length of the trail with wood chips donated by Chris Galasso, a local arborist.  Dan Barrett, a member of the Town Forest Committee, donated his time and a Bobcat to haul the wood chips from the parking lot to various points along the trail.

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To hike the Monarch Trail, start at the kiosk by the barn and pass through the gate onto the main path.  Turn right onto the trail which runs parallel to the fence line in the field behind the barn, adjacent to the Butterfly Garden.  Follow the trail to the far edge of the field where it heads downhill and over a newly-installed footbridge spanning a wet area on the trail.  Continue uphill and turn left when you reach the woods, following the trail to the large pine tree with a bench beneath it, the perfect place to relax and enjoy a stunning view of the barn.

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Continuing on, a short trail will appear on the left that leads down to a vernal pool.  This pool comes and goes depending on the season, so you might find it full of water or reduced to a mere puddle.  Take a moment to explore it and see if you can spot any turtles or frogs in the pool!

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Returning to the Monarch Trail, it soon reaches a stone wall bordering the main path.  Turn left onto the main path and follow it back up to the barn.  With its wood-chip surface, the Monarch Trail makes a short, comfortable hike of about half a mile for those who have limited time or who prefer not to venture further out on the Farm.

Total hiking time:  Under 20 minutes
Distance:  .4 miles
Difficulty:  easy

A Note of Thanks … The Friends of Adams Farm board of directors would like to say a special thank you to Gary Riggott and the Trails Committee for creating this new trail at the Farm, as well as the many new bridges on this trail and the Blue Loop Trail that allow hikers and cross country skiers to enjoy the trails year round.  The Trails Committee is responsible for maintaining hiking trails throughout the town of Walpole, but has a limited budget.  We encourage area residents to consider making a donation to the Trails Committee Gift Fund to support the work of the Trails Committee.  Checks should be made out to the Town of Walpole Trails Committee and sent to Walpole Trails Committee, 135 School Street, Walpole, MA 02081.  Please include a note indicating that the donation should be used for trail upkeep.