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The Friends of the Fells’ 3rd Annual Fall for the Fells Trail Race and Family Fun Fest

This event starts at noon on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Medford High School, 489 Winthrop St. The 5k race will start at 1pm and the 10k race will kick off at 2pm. Races will be followed by a family fun festival including music, seasonal samples, food trucks, and kids’ activities presented by the Medford Family Network in conjunction with the Students of the Fells club. Current members of The Friends of the Fells get $10 off the registration fees.

This event is made possible with generous support from Whole Foods Market and others.

Click here to register today!


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** Click to read more about our new Executive Director, Ron Morin! **


Forever the People’s Forest Park

In 1894, Medford’s George Davenport greeted the Fells becoming “a great natural park” with these words:

“For here we have a succession of well clad rocky hills, rising and falling like the billows of a great sea, within whose hollow troughs lie hidden pleasant vales, ponds, cascades, ferny brooks, sylvan retreats, wild swamps and fragrant groves.”

Elizur Wright’s experience of this wild rugged landscape inspired him to agitate in newspaper articles, pamphlets and speeches for the Fells to become “devoted to forest culture and preservation, science, education and rational recreation,” meanwhile forging alliances with others who shared this vision.

In 1892, journalist and city planner Sylvester Baxter and landscape architect Charles Eliot were appointed by the Metropolitan Park Commission to begin laying out the boundaries for the Commonwealth’s new park system. Eliot wrote these famous words:

“The life history of humanity has proved nothing more clearly than that 
crowded populations, if they would live in health and happiness, must 
have space for air, for light, for exercise, for rest, and for the enjoyment of that peaceful beauty of nature…”

Today the Fells endures as a destination where visitors can relish the peace and beauty of nature in the midst of exceptional protected landscape.

Special features at the Fells include Bellevue Pond, Wright’s Tower, Lawrence Woods, Spot Pond, and over 100 miles of trails. Virginia Wood, the site of a vanished mill village called “Haywardville”, features a self-guided interpretive history trail. Lawrence Woods is an area of the Fells south of South Border Road with many wide “fire roads”, views and vernal pools. The Long Pond parking area offers access from Winchester to a nature trail and scenic areas. The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Fells headquarters is located on the shore of Spot Pond at 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham, and houses the Middlesex Fells Visitor Center.

Mission Statement

The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation is dedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells, promoting awareness, policies and programs which honor and preserve the landscape and heritage of this public resource for current and future generations.


1. Instill awareness and appreciation of the Fells as a valuable natural and historical resource which will foster a sense of stewardship within the larger community.

2. Develop programs for recreation, enjoyment, and study of the Fells which are harmonious with landscape and habitat.

3. In cooperation with others, develop and advocate for policies designed to preserve and protect the Fells Reservation.

Wright's Tower

The Fells is the People’s forest park, and the Friends of the Fells strives to make sure there are programs and opportunities that will fit with the way anyone wants to enjoy what the Fells has to offer. Information about our diverse array of programs and events can be found throughout the pages of this site. Some of our most popular programming includes:


September 25, 2018
  • Hike 'n' Seek
    Starts: 9:45 AM
    Ends: September 25, 2018 - 10:45 AM

    Location: Botume House Visitor Center, 4 Woodland Rd, Stoneham

  • Babes in the Woods
    Starts: 11:00 AM
    Ends: September 25, 2018 - 12:00 PM

    Location: Botume House Visitor Center, 4 Woodland Rd, Stoneham

September 26, 2018
  • Early Autumn at Bellevue Pond
    Starts: 9:15 AM
    Ends: September 26, 2018 - 11:30 AM

    Location: Bellevue Pond, Medford, MA 02155, USA

September 28, 2018
  • Hike Through History: The Wyoming Estates
    Starts: 3:30 PM
    Ends: September 28, 2018 - 4:30 PM

    Location: Botume House Visitor Center, 4 Woodland Rd, Stoneham, MA 02180, USA

  • Evening Forest Bathing
    Starts: 4:30 PM
    Ends: September 28, 2018 - 6:30 PM

    Location: Gate 8, Meeting House Path, South Border Road, Winchester

September 29, 2018
  • Spot Pond COASTSWEEP
    Starts: 9:00 AM
    Ends: September 29, 2018 - 1:00 PM

    Location: Flynn Rink, 300 Elm St, Medford, MA 02155, USA

View our full calendar of Programs and Events


How Do I Join The Friends?

We are thrilled that you want to know more about joining the Friends of the Fells. Membership in the Friends comes with some great benefits to you, and helps to support our activities and programs for everyone. To join, simply visit our Membership Information page and choose the membership option that’s right for you. You can pay your dues online with a credit card, and your membership packet will be headed your way in no time!

How Can I Volunteer My Time?

We are always on the lookout for those like ourselves who want to give their time and energy to the important cause of preserving our natural landscape for future generations. Whether you want to volunteer one-time or on an on-going basis, and whether you want to get your hands dirty or do your part from indoors, we have a volunteer opportunity waiting for you. Just head over to our Volunteer Opportunities page to find out more.

How Can I Make A Donation?

The Friends of the Fells could not exist with the generous support of our donors. There are many ways to make a contribution, and if you want to help us, we want to help you find the right one. One our Donate page, you can contribute online using your credit card. You will also find information about including the Friends in your will, contributing to our endowment fund, and other ways your support can help.

Can I Write Off My Donation On My Taxes?

The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means that your donation to the Friends is tax-deductible. If you want to make your contribution go even further, make sure to check with your employer’s Human Resources Department to see if they will match your gift!

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