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Noon Hill and Shattuck Reservation in Medfield offer 7.5 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, with views of the Charles River as payoff for your efforts. Open seven days, sunrise to sunset, admission is free. If you want to go even farther, pathways link up with the 200-mile Bay Circuit Trail.

Walk along the boardwalk or hiking trails at Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Norfolk and you could spot geese, swans, great blue herons, and snapping turtles. Wildlife are particularly active around the wetlands in the morning and evening hours, say staff.

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