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Visitor Information

Botume House Visitor Center

4 Woodland Road, Stoneham (map)

The Middlesex Fells Reservation is open from dawn to dusk. The large parking areas are gated and are usually open by 9:30am and locked within a half hour after sunset. The small parking areas are always open.

The Botume House Visitor Center is located at 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham on the eastern shore of Spot Pond one half mile south from the Stone Zoo. Information about Friends of the Middlesex Fells and DCR activities, as well as the Middlesex Fells trail map, is available at the Botume House. The free Spot Pond Brook Archaeological District self guided tour pamphlet, which includes maps and photographs, is also available. You can find out more about current programs or get directions to the Botume House by calling the Visitor Center at 617-727-1199 x406.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages The Middlesex Fells – DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources. For more online information about The Middlesex Fells visit the DCR page –

Visitor Rules and Regulations

The Fells is well loved and visited by thousands each year. To ensure that visitors have a quality experience and that the park is protected, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) requires that its Rules and Regulations for The Middlesex Fells, available on the above mentioned DCR Middlesex Fells page, be followed.

You may assist DCR rangers by reporting emergency situations or activities which are bringing harm to the Fells or endangering Fells visitors.

Report to one of the following numbers –

  • State Police (from a cell phone): 911
  • State Police (Medford): 978-538-6161
  • DCR Park Rangers (24 hours): 866-PK-Watch (866-759-2824)
    • Report vandalism, ground fires, dumping, etc

Complaints, comments, and concerns

DCR Community Relations | | (617) 626-4973