Almost 10 miles of wide, family-friendly carriage paths provide a captivating environment for walking, exploring, and nature watching.
Appleton Farms Grass Rides was originally designed for horseback riding. Like a wagon wheel, five “rides”—an English term for carriage path—meet in a central clearing called the “Roundpoint,” where a large granite pinnacle salvaged from the demolition of the former Harvard College Library (and one of four pinnacles on the property) stands as a silent sentry.
The landscape here is comprised of forest, open fields, and wetlands. On the uplands, you’ll find secondary growth forest, interspersed with small fields.
From the Pigeon Hill overlook, take in a panoramic view of the entire pasture and the site of another pinnacle salvaged from Harvard.
Wetlands found on the Grass Rides are part of the watershed for the Miles and Ipswich Rivers. Look for the stone culverts and bridges that still work to maintain the existing wetland habitat.
Members park for free. Nonmembers: $6 parking fee.
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset.
Bathroom facilities are not available at the Grass Rides but are available in the Carriage Barn at Appleton Farms.
Accessible parking spots, designated with signs, are available at the Grass Rides.
Appleton Farms, a one thousand-acre property located on the North Shore of Massachusetts, is known for its preserved New England charm. Spring events will be backdropped by blooming wildflowers, song birds and the deep greens of the working farm. In the fall, the venue will offer cascades of oranges and yellows when the Maple trees that line many of the fields change for the new season. Our pastoral vistas, historic farmhouse, hours of walking trails, and wide variety of programming provide an idyllic setting and immersive experience to celebrate any occasion.Learn More
Paper trail maps are available at the kiosk in the Grass Rides parking lot. You can also download a trail map here.
We want everyone to experience and enjoy the Appleton Farms Grass Rides. To protect the Grass Rides for years to come, we ask everyone to follow a few guidelines and regulations while visiting the property:
Join us for a seasonally-inspired menu and craft beer in an outdoor, picnic-style setting on our beautiful farmstead. No reservations necessary.
The Trustees Hiking Challenge: With over 100 places and hundreds of miles of trails to explore, join our free challenge to get you hiking and exploring M...
Featuring Trustees Grown produce, meat, and eggs as well as local, organic food from the highest-quality producers.
Celebrating the season with hands-on cooking classes, farm dinners, and our own specialty outdoor wood-fired pizza service.
The Grass Rides, part of the larger Appleton Farms estate dating to the mid-17th century, was created by the Appleton family, originally for horseback riding and carriage driving. The original acreage was a gift of Col. and Mrs. Francis R. Appleton, Jr., in 1970, with additional land given by Mrs. Appleton between 1970 and 1998.
Hamilton & Ipswich | Northeast
A historic farm and education center rooted in regenerative practices, ensuring a...
Ipswich | Northeast
Experience the grandeur of an early 20th Century summer estate with its European-...