Get Outside! 4 Great Outdoor Winter Activities In The Merrimack Valley

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Even as the temperatures drop, there are still plenty of scenic spots and outdoor winter activities in the Greater Merrimack Valley area worth bundling up for. From our area’s many walking trails, state reservations, and much more, there’s always an opportunity to take in the beauty that is New England during the winter months.

And, as we haven’t completely entered into the official winter yet, now may be the best time to get outdoors without having to battle single-digit temperatures or overwhelming piles of snow. So, today, let’s explore just a few of the great outdoor adventures to experience.

1. Take Part In Walden Pond State Reservation Winter Programs

The Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, MA, provides ample opportunities for an exciting, worthwhile outdoor adventure. Here, visitors can explore miles of scenic walking or hiking trails. And once the snow rolls in, many of these trails are perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

December 2021 Interactive Programs And Nature Walks

In addition, the reservation features family-friendly programs throughout December, including a self-guided Winter Solstice Storywalk suitable for all ages. This easy .5 mile, 15-min walk takes place on the Wood Path trail on a crushed stone surface and is offered daily. And there are also many historical and nature-based programs available throughout the month, such as programs focused on Henry David Thoreau and the animals that call the park home.

a snow-covered walking trail

2. Walk The Nashua River Trail

The Nashua River Trail, running 11 miles through the towns of Aye, Groton Pepperell, and Dunstable, is friendly for walkers and bikers alike. The trail is also open for roller blading, horseback riding (of course, depending on the trail’s winter conditions). Once the snow falls, the Nashua River Trail also provides a great opportunity for cross-country skiing. Trail-goers are asked to follow trail etiquette and to be respectful of private properties along the path.

3. Explore Local History At The DIY Lowell History Trail 

Lowell, Massachusetts, is known for its local history, especially when it comes to New England’s impact on the industrial revolution. The DIY Lowell History Trail is an excellent opportunity to park your car, stretch your legs, and explore the area’s enriching past. 

The trail runs from the Boott Cotton Mills Museum to the NPS Visitors Center, with plenty of historical stops along the way. Regarding accessibility, the short route is marked by discernible signs and temporary paint designs, making it a leisurely exploration. In addition, there are many local businesses and restaurants to visit nearby, such as Brew’d Awakening Coffeehouse, Fuse Bistro, and Old Court Irish Pub and Restaurant.

4. Hit The Slopes At Nashoba Valley

Who says that you have to travel far to hit the slopes? Once the snow falls, the Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford, Massachusetts is an excellent spot for skiing, snowboarding, and even snow tubing. Nashoba Valley also offers kid-friendly, adaptive, and private ski lessons. And experienced skiers/snowboardings can participate in exhilarating activities, such as racing challenges, the vertical challenge, and the snow challenge.

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