Outdoor Recreation

Post-Feast Hikes 

Log some miles before the big feast or hit the trails instead of the shops the day after.

Cormier Woods

Whether your goal is to log some miles before the big feast or hit the trails instead of the shops the day after—or simply take a relaxing hike after a day of feasting—we have some great hikes for everyone to explore.

Cormier Woods, Uxbridge

One of our lesser-known properties, Cormier Woods is the perfect place for a post-Thanksgiving hike for those looking for fewer crowds and quiet contemplation. With over 4 miles of trails there are plenty of space to get some miles in, but for an added expedition, this property connects to Mendon Town Forest for an additional 8 miles of trails open to hikers or bikers.

Fruitlands Museum, Harvard

More than a museum here. This site is the perfect place to relax and reflex on the history and traditions of Thanksgiving. Sweeping views, amazing sunsets, and woodland trails are the draw of hiking at this Trustees site. Be sure to start with a tour of the museum and the Echoes in Time exhibit, which features sixteen contemporary artists of Indigenous descent from throughout North America whose artworks reflect both the present moment and time-honored craft.

Appleton Farms Grass Rides, South Hamilton

Appleton Farms gets a lot of attention leading up to the big feast—but just beyond the main farm center, miles of carriage roads and trails offer beautiful pastoral views and a good chance of seeing a wild turkey. Plus, almost 10 miles of wide, family-friendly carriage paths provide a captivating environment for walking, exploring, and nature watching.

Turkey Hill, Whitney and Thayer Woods, Hingham

Need we say more? When it comes to celebrating Turkeys be sure to visit Turkey Hill! Turkey Hill connects easily to Whitey and Thayer Woods and Wompatuck State Park State Park for endless outdoor adventures. Need we say more?  

Mountain Meadow Preserve, Williamstown

Just outside of Williamstown, this property delights with a mix of woodlands, meadows, and views of the mountains. If you are up for a multi-state challenge, this trail connects to a robust trail system that will bring you into southern Vermont.  


In addition to venturing out on a hike after the big feast, we invite you to get outside on Green Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), when Trustees’ outdoor recreational properties offer free admission and parking.

No reservations are necessary for Green Friday (November 26) at the following properties: Monument Mountain, Ward Reservation, Noanet Woodlands, Rocky Woods, and Appleton Grass Rides.