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You can enjoy these outdoor activities at Trustees properties this winter

From fire pits to snowshoeing to guided hikes.

A fire pit at Appleton Farms, a Trustees of Reservations property in Ipswich. Trustees of Reservations

There are plenty of ways to have outdoor fun with the Trustees of Reservations this winter season, from fire pit gatherings to cross country skiing and snowshoeing to winter hikes full of wonder.

“The Trustees is making sure there’s something for everyone this winter,” Kristen Swanberg, managing director of engagement for the Trustees, said in a statement. “We also understand COVID is still a factor so we’re making sure our treasured outdoor properties remain open, safe, and accessible to everyone all year.”

Relax around a fire

Guests looking for a warm outside spot amid nature can book a private fire pit at several Trustees properties this winter, a popular activity first introduced last season.

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Groups of up to six can book a pit for up to two hours, and the organization supplies the wood, seating, and, in some cases, s’mores kits. The cost ranges from $30 to $75, depending on the property and whether you’re a Trustees member. See a listing of fire pit locations.

Go cross country skiing or snowshoeing

Tackle the snow this season at Notchview in Windsor, part of the Hoosac Range in the Berkshire Hills, which offers more than 3,000 acres of rolling terrain for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The property offers equipment rentals, “learn to ski” programs, and private lessons through April.

Those looking for more cross-country trails will find them at Brooks Woodland Preserve in Petersham, Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield, Copicut Woods in Fall River, Field Farm in Williamstown, Noon Hill in Medfield, and Ravenswood Park in Gloucester.

Find more snowshoe trails at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Copicut Woods in Fall River, Doyle Community Park in Leominster, Francis William Bird Park in East Walpole, Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Noanet Woodlands in Dover, and Rocky Woods in Medfield. Snowshoe rentals are available at Appleton Farms, Fruitlands Museum, Notchview, and Rocky Woods.

Visit the venue websites for individual pricing.

Join a guided hike

Trustees winter hikes range from owl prowls to moonlit treks to viewing one of the most prominent cliff faces in western Massachusetts.

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Let the moon guide your steps during one of several moonlight hikes offered this winter, including at Appleton Farms in Ispwich, World’s End in Hingham, and Copicut Woods in Fall River. (The Copicut hike is for women only.) These moonlight hikes range in cost from $9 to $25, depending on the property and whether you’re a Trustees member.

If you’d prefer a sunrise hike, you’ll find those at Rocky Woods in Medfield ($15 for members and $25 for nonmembers).

Search for snowy owls in their winter habitat while hiking at Crane Beach on the Crane Estate in Ipswich or Doyle Community Park in Leominster. These owl hikes range in cost from $9 to $30, depending on the property and whether you’re a Trustees member.

Or go on a winter hike at the Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield and Conway, where you’ll trek about 2 miles through the historic conservation area to Chapel Falls, a waterfall at the base of Chapel Ledges and one of the most prominent cliff faces in western Massachusetts. This hike costs $25.

View other types of hikes offering by the Trustees this winter.

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