If you’re one of the many Americans estimated to have eaten thousands more calories than necessary on Thanksgiving, then the state Department of Conservation and Recreation has a plan for you.
“For those looking for some post-Thanksgiving exercise, DCR’s ‘Go Green on Black Friday’ hikes provide a great opportunity for everyone to get outside and enjoy nature with friends and family,” said Commissioner Department of Conservation and Recreation Doug Rice. .
DCR offers a series of free guided hikes on Fridays starting at 10am. and 1 p.m., depending on location.
“There’s almost half a million acres of state park land that’s out there for people like you and me to enjoy,” DCR Interpreter Amy Wilmot told the Herald.
According to the Calorie Control Council, residents may have good reason to hit the trails after their Thanksgiving feast.
“Did you know that the average American can eat over 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during Thanksgiving?! You heard that right – 4,500 calories! And unfortunately, those numbers only include the traditional Thanksgiving snack and dinner, not breakfast or late-night snacking,” the agency says on its website.
If this sounds like you, then details of the treks are below.
Book Blue Hills, Milton, 10:00am. to 12:00 p.m., moderate hike, 3 miles. Meet at Houghton’s Pond Visitor Center. Bad weather may cancel. For more information call 857-208-8494.
Harold Parker State Forest, North Andover, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., moderate hike, 2 miles. Organizers say “rain, snow or ice cancels”. Meet in the parking lot at 305 Middleton Rd. parking is free. Call 617-828-1728 for more information.
Borderland State Park, North Easton, 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m., “mostly flat,” 4 miles. For adults and older children. leashed dogs welcome, rain, snow or icy trails cancelled. The hike is free. there is a $5 per MA license plate vehicle and a $20 per out-of-state vehicle fee. Meet at the Visitor Center at 259 Massapoag Avenue in North Easton. More information call 508-238-6566.
Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, 1:00-2:30 p.m. easy hike, flat paved surface, 3 miles. The ride will begin at the front entrance of the Great Falls Discovery Center, weather permitting. Connecticut River Greenway State Park, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Call 413-863-3221 with any questions.
Nasketucket Bay State Reservation, Mattapoisett, 1:00pm to 2:30pm, moderate hike, 3 miles. Best for ages 10 and up, weather subject to cancellation. Meet at the main gravel parking lot on Brandt Island Road in Mattapoisett. For more information or in case of questionable weather, call 508-272-9376.
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Falmouth, 1:00pm to 2:30pm, easy hike but includes a steep hill. Meet at 131 Waquoit Highway, Falmouth, 508-457-0495 for more information.