Woodland Trails

 

Hike historic woodland trails that wind through over 130 acres of the Robert Treat Paine Estate/Storer Conservation Land and connect to the Western Greenway.

Storer Conservation Land Trail Map (Download 1MB PDF)

Experience the beauty and serenity of the pristine forest, with its rare wildflowers and wildlife, vernal pools, enormous trees, rocky outcrops, ancient stone walls and vistas. 

Learn about the Paines' Forest in Context of Olmsted, the father of public parks, national parks, and forestry in America.

To apply for any sort of organized group visit or special use, contact info@stonehurstwaltham.org

 


The children in nature movement is fueled by this fundamental idea: the child in nature is in endangered species, and the health of children and the health of the Earth are inseparable
— Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder

 

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[The] national movement to ‘leave no child inside’...has been the focus of Capitol Hill hearings, state legislative action, grass-roots projects, a U.S Forest Service initiative to get more children into the woods and a national effort to promote a ‘green hour’ in each day
— The Washington Post, 6/19/2007
The true purpose of a large public park is to provide for the dwellers in cities convenient opportunity to enjoy beautiful natural scenery and to obtain occasional relief from the nervous strain due to the artificiality of city life. By large park is not meant one covering more than a certain number of acres, but one large enough to contain a complete natural landscape, where the boundaries will not be obtrusive; where city conditions will not be unduly apparent; where one may stroll over hill and dale, across meadows and through woods, always amid natural surroundings, for hours without twice following the same routes; where one may come again and again without becoming familiar with all its interesting localities and natural features; where many thousands of visitors may be enjoying scenery at the same time without crowding each other; where those who especially seek seclusion may find parts remote from the boundaries that even if city houses are not completely hidden they become reduced in distant perspective to inconspicuous portions as compared to the foliage of trees and other natural objects in the foreground; so remote that the roar of street traffic is less notable than the rustle of foliage stirred by the breeze or than the songs of birds or sounds of insects.
— John Charles Olmsted, Olmsted's son and business partner