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Metro West

Rocky Woods

Medfield

491 acres

Echo Pond at Rocky Woods

Enjoy expansive views from atop Cedar Hill, amble along a trail to a former quarry site, or explore five ponds that dot this woody landscape.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions
  • What You'll Find
  • Facilities
  • Venue Rental
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

With six and a half miles of trails winding through 491 acres of varied terrain, Rocky Woods is a year-round destination for outdoor lovers and a prized habitat for songbirds, bullfrogs, beavers, and painted turtles.

Rocky Woods has one foot within the Charles River watershed and the other foot within the drainage of the Neponset River. The area’s high water table forms wetlands throughout the reservation, and these varied habitats attract songbirds, particularly the towhee, with its “drink-your-tea” call.

CAMPING is now available weekends and holidays  through October 12th. Hurry now to book your campsite!

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Before arriving, you’ll reserve a campsite, each with its own picnic table and fire pit with grill. Along with a centrally located bathrooms and showers.

Ideas for Your Visit

TIME TO CAMP! The updated Rocky Woods camping experience offers a safe environment for both families and first-time overnight campers, without venturing far from home. The property offers more than 15 wooded sites for tent camping, with a short walk to amenities that include bathrooms, a dish sink, hot showers and a few camping essentials for purchase. Available weekends and holidays Labor Day through Columbus Day. Hurry now to book your campsite!

  • Sites 1-10: Family Friendly sites close to the pond and Visitor Center (5-minute walk)
  • Sites 11-15: Newer ‘back country’ campsites for the more experienced, tucked deeper in the forest for a quiet, more intimate camping experience. (10-minute walk)
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Rent a canoe or kayak from the Visitor Center or cast a fishing line from the shore. Boat Rental Pricing:

  • $15 per hour

Fun Outdoor Programming at Rocky Woods

Hike the three-quarter-mile loop around Chickering Pond—the largest of the reservation’s five man-made ponds, which offer catch-and-release fishing—for a family outing. For a longer trek, take the Mine Hill Loop, which circles 420-foot-high Mine Hill Ridge.

Admission & Hours

Parking: Members: FREE. Non-members: $5 parking fee.

Camping reservations and fees: Check-in is between 3:00p-8:00p. Check out is 12:00 noon.

  • Members: $47.20 (20% Discount)
  • Non-Members: $59 (Become a member here for a 20% discount)
  • Full Campground Rentals are available on Weekdays. Please call 415-308-1399

Rocky Woods Campsite Map.

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Details and Cancellations:

  • For cancellations made 14 days or more before arrival, a $20 processing fee will be processed.
  • For cancellations made between 7-13 days before arrival, one day’s site fee (per reserved site) and a $20 processing fee will be kept and the remainder may be refunded.
  • For cancellations made 6 days or less before arrival, no refunds are given.

Directions

38 Hartford Street
Medfield, MA 02052
Telephone: 781.259.3676

  • For Programs at Rocky Woods: Reach out to charlesrivervalley@thetrustees.org
  • For Camping at Rocky Woods: Please reach out to rockywoods@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From I-95/Rt. 128 (Exit 16B): Rt. 109 West for 5.7 mi. Turn right onto Hartford St. and follow for 0.6 mi. to entrance and parking (100 cars) on left.

From Intersection of Rts. 27 and 109 (Medfield): Take Rt. 109 East and bear left onto Hartford St. Continue as above.

What You'll Find

  • Tent-only campground offers a unique getaway in Medfield, Massachusetts.
  • Choose from one of our family focused sites (1-10) or one of our newer backcountry sites (11-15).
  • Vehicles are not allowed past the Visitor Center parking lot.
  • Walking distance to the campsites takes 5-10 minutes. We have carts available at the Visitor Center for hauling your gear.
  • Dogs are welcome, as long as you bring a copy of their rabies vaccination and keep them on-leash only, please.
  • Relax by the water or get out on it: Rent canoes, kayaks, fishing poles and adventure backpacks for children.
  • Centrally located flush toilets and outdoor showers available for guest use.
  • Bring the entire family – we offer family-oriented programs throughout the season.

Facilities

Visitor center, restrooms, universally-accessible fishing platform, picnic tables, terrace, campsites, picnic shelter rentals, volleyball court, horseshoes.

Venue Rental

Private Functions

Rocky Woods is an ideal casual outdoor venue for corporate events and picnics, children’s birthday parties, reunions, group campouts, weddings and celebrations, scouting activities and more. A large pavilion, log cabin visitors center, open mowed grass field for games or event tents, wooded campsites, ponds for fishing, kayaking and canoeing, horseshoe pit, volleyball court, and scenic overlooks are all featured at Rocky Woods.

Children’s Bird-day (Birthday) parties include a guided hike and nature craft back at the log cabin – fairy houses and bird feeders are favorites – followed by birthday cake and festivities.

To check date availability, or to schedule a tour of Rocky Woods, please contact:
Tel: 508.785.0339
Email: rwprivateeventrentals@thetrustees.org

Property Map

Free trail map distributed from bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out.

We recommend that you take a photo of the map on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you head out.

Rocky Woods Campsite map.

Regulations & Advisories

  • In cooperation with the Town of Medfield, authorized bow hunting, only with written permission, is allowed on this reservation for a limited number of hunters, according to MasssWildlife regulations from mid October through December each year, from ½ hour before sunrise all day until ½ hour after sunset Monday through Saturday. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Signage is posted at the property listing safety precautions, requirements, and rules for the benefit of all visitors.
  • Mountain biking permitted only on designated trails when trails conditions are dry. Trails are closed to mountain biking March 1 to April 30, during muddy season.
  • Dogs are permitted off leash if they are under control at all times.
  • Camping is only allowed with a reservation in designated sites.
  • Boating is only allowed with an on site rental canoe or kayak.
  • Ice skating is permitted at your own risk.
  • Swimming is not permitted.
  • Reservation closes at sunset.
  • Unauthorized motor vehicles are not permitted.
  • The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full policy here.
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Camping at Rocky Woods

CAMPING is now available weekends and holidays Labor Day through Columbus Day. Hurry now to book your campsite!
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A timeless local resource

In the 18th century, Rocky Woods was common land that the Town of Medfield later divided into woodlots and parceled out to residents. They used sleds to haul out felled trees for cordwood and building timber. In the early 19th century, this network of logging roads was used to haul away high-grade slabs of granite that were quarried from a hillside west of Chickering Pond. Rocky Woods granite was reportedly used to build the 1825–26 Dedham Courthouse.

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Rocky Woods Reservation is peaceful, quiet, and just plain beautiful. It is such an asset to the Town. Hiking is always enjoyable, no matter the time of year.

455luannem, TripAdvisor

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