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Riverfront Park – Attleboro

  • Judith H. Robbins Riverfront Park
  • Riverfront Drive, Attleboro, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°56’30.54″N, 71°17’10.90″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 20, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Easy.

 

Attleboro has just opened a new park along the banks of the Ten Mile River, transforming a bleak industrial strip of land into an appealing spot just outside of downtown. The new park, dedicated to former mayor Judith Robbins, offers a short quarter mile bike path/walking path that is flanked by grass and perennial gardens. There are several picnic tables and sitting benches if you care to linger for a bit for lunch, a break from the day, or waiting for a train as the Attleboro MBTA station is just across the street.

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Riverfront Park

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Capron Park – Attleboro

 

Capron Park is mostly known for its zoo. The park area out in front of the zoo has a few walking paths and a loop road. Joggers and walkers are seen here quite often exercising. The park also has plenty of monuments, a gazebo, a bandstand, and a rose garden. The zoo is open year round.

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Walkway and Gazebo

Balfour Riverwalk – Attleboro

This small river front park by the Attleboro Library offers a short paved walking path. Within the downtown park is a skate park, playground, and a volleyball area. The walkways are flanked by several trees, monuments, and park lamps. The Ten Mile River passes the park.

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Balfour Riverwalk

Lee’s Pond – Attleboro

 

This small park nestled in a South Attleboro neighborhood offers a bit of everything that a park can offer. There is a three quarter mile fitness trail that follows the perimeter of the park. The trail is a combination of asphalt and stone dust. Within the fitness trail is a skate park, basketball courts, playground, tot area, gazebo, football field, baseball fields, horseshoe, volleyball court, picnic area, fish pond, war memorials, and a swimming pool.

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Walking Path Around Lee’s Pond

Luther Reservoir – Attleboro

  • Luther Reservoir
  • Todd Drive, Attleboro, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°56’12.21″N, 71°20’0.51″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 13, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.6 miles
  • Fairly easy, some hills.

A nice little gem tucked away just north of Route 123 that features a small reservoir with a dam and waterfall as well as the Seven Mile River. There is a small spot to park at the end of Todd Drive. Be sure not to block the gate or nearby driveways. A trail leads through a good portion of the property south of the reservoir. It can be accessed by staying to the left a short distance down the access road.

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The Reservoir

Lawrence Preserve – Attleboro

  • Anthony Lawrence Wildlife Preserve
  • Hope Avenue, Attleboro, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°55’23.11″N, 71°20’56.90″W
  • Last Time Hiked: November 1, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.7 miles
  • Easy.

 

Just east of the bustling commercial area where Route 1 intersects Route 123 lies this wildlife preserve. The preserve itself is decent in size, however only a small portion is accessible by trails as most of the property is wetlands. At the end of Hope Avenue there are two trailheads. The first to the right is a short dead end trail that leads to Tannery Brook. The trail to the left leads to a red blazed loop trail with an access point to the Seven Mile River. Walking both of the trails is just under a mile.

 

Trail map can be found at: Lawrence Preserve.

A Trail At Lawrence Preserve

A Trail At Lawrence Preserve

Leach Sanctuary – Attleboro

  • Phil And Ginny Leach Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Ridgewood Road, Attleboro, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°55’11.56″N, 71°17’24.31″W
  • Last Time Hiked: November 1, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.1 miles
  • Easy.

 

Just off of Route 152, the Leach Sanctuary is a wooded parcel with a series of trails. The property has a small pond on it, a large puddingstone outcrop simply known as Big Rock, and a few stone walls. Unfortunately, the trails on the adjacent property to the south of the sanctuary no longer exist due to residential development. Therefore, a loop cannot be completed as shown on the provided map. Exploring all the trails though, one could easily manage to walk a mile or more here.

 

Trail map can be found at: Leach Sanctuary.

Red Foliage At Leach Sanctuary

Red Foliage At Leach Sanctuary