The Appalachian Mountain Club this week highlighted six locations around the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that are ideal sites for viewing spring wildflowers. Among the chosen destinations is the Cross Fells Trail in our very own Middlesex Fells Reservation! Here’s what AMC Outdoors had to say:
A pleasant wildflower hike that can be reached by public transportation from Boston is the Cross Fells Trail, which connects the eastern and western halves of the 2,575-acre Middlesex Fells Reservation. Flowers bloom in the reservation April through September, but the best time to see wildflowers along this trail is in May. The trail passes through wooded areas where you may see bright yellow trout lilies and carpets of wood anemone, and over sunny hilltops where the bell-shaped flowers of lowbush blueberries bloom. Violets and the elegant pink lady slippers can be seen scattered throughout the reservation. Begin at the trailhead near the MBTA’s Oak Grove Orange Line station in Melrose and follow the at times steep and rocky trail to its end. There you can catch the 134 bus back to the Orange Line at Wellington Station.
Make sure and head over to the post on AMC Outdoors to check out the other spots they chose.
Which wildflowers are you most excited to see this spring? Where in the Fells have you seen them? Have you visited any of the other spots on the list? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.