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Walpole Trails Committee

The Walpole Trails Committee was established in 1998. As the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) was being routed through Walpole, the Bay Circuit Alliance asked the Walpole Conservation Commission to create a Trails Committee whose function would be to help in creating the BCT, and afterwards to maintain it. Over the years the mission of the Trails Committee has changed a bit, and is shown below: 

The Trails Committee seeks to preserve and promote the Trails and Natural Areas of Walpole for the enjoyment of the Community. 

The Trails Committee is responsible for overseeing 50+ miles of hiking trails, most on public property. Membership in the Trails Committee is voluntary. We receive a budget authorized by the Board of Selectmen. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made to the Trails Committee Gift Account. Donations may be tax deductible. 

It is the hope of the Trails Committee that people find this website helpful in identifying the location of trails and access points at various locations around Walpole. 

Please send any questions, or report any trail blockages or suggestions for improvements through the Contact Form.

Our Mission

The Trails Committee seeks to preserve and promote the Trails and Natural Areas of Walpole for the enjoyment of the Community.

Activities for the Trails Committee fall into two broad categories: Outreach & Trail Work.

Outreach activities are intended to raise people’s awareness of the many wonderful trails available for hiking in Walpole, and to encourage people to get out on those trails.

Trail work are those activities related to trail marking, clearing and maintenance.

Statement of Vision

The vision of the Walpole Trails Committee is a Town with a varied green network of well-maintained and multi-use recreation and conservation lands that connect a series of open spaces — open to the public today and always.

This vision includes providing access to the Town’s abundant forests and ponds for walking and bike trails; trails for dog walking, bird watching, and cross-country skiing; and habitat for wildlife — an open space within a 10-minute walk for every single resident to visit.

The vision includes clean water resources — rivers, ponds, streams, wetlands — for today and the future; where our ponds are available for fishing, kayaking, skating, and other passive recreational uses.

This vision includes a Walpole with a mixture of both new and old recreational opportunities; where our most significant historic, cultural, and natural resources are saved for future generations.

-Adopted by the Walpole Trails Committee on November 1, 2020