Maynard is one of the most densely populated towns in the area, which makes its parks and public lands very precious. As residential development continues, privately owned trails disappear, making our publicly owned trails even more important to preserve and enjoy. We hope you will get acquainted with and appreciate the beauty of the backwoods of Maynard.
If you are visiting Maynard, or are considering moving to our town, please take the opportunity to visit our trails and community open space. These areas are dispersed throughout the town, and provide a nice opportunity to connect with nature or just a little quite room for a little exercise. We hope you enjoy your visit some special places in Maynard.
Several of the trails can be linked together for an interesting mountain bike ride, even if you are passing though to another location. Through both the School Woods and Rockland Ave trails, one can get to trails in Acton, Stow or Sudbury.
The Assabet River Rail Trail website has information on this biking trail that passes through Maynard along with information on other Massachusetts rail trails.
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Our trails are for everyone’s enjoyment. Currently, there are no restrictions on access to areas by cyclists, dogs or horses. By following a few simple rules you will help keep our pathways pleasant for all to explore.
- Remember to stay on trails.
- Respect private property. If property is marked or obviously private, avoid trespassing.
- Carry out your own trash. Feel free to pickup after others who are less considerate.
- Do not pick any vegetation.
- Do not feed the wildlife.
- Keep dogs on a leash or under control and clean up after them.
- No motorized vehicles.
- No campfires without special permits.
- Share the trails – be courteous.
Take care when encountering poison ivy, which is potentially present in all woods and undeveloped areas.
Regulations Governing Use of Conservation Land in Maynard
(Approved August 9, 2020)
Our conservation lands and trails are for everyone to enjoy, and to provide habitat for wildlife in an increasingly developed area. You are welcome to:
- Walk, hike, ski, snow-shoe
- Study nature and take photographs
- Engage in other quiet activities
- Stay on the trails
- Keep dogs leashed (and carry out dog feces)
- Ride bikes and horses only when trails are dry (to limit erosion)
- Alert the Commission to problems (978-897-1029)
To protect our land, the following activities are prohibited:
- Use the site before dawn and after dusk
- Use of motorized vehicles
- Carrying or firing a firearm, bow, or paintball gun
- Hunting or trapping
- Feeding wildlife
- Littering or disposing of trash or yard waste
- Cutting vegetation, starting fires, or damaging structures
- Possessing or consuming alcohol or controlled substances
First violations hereof shall be punished by a fine of $75, subsequent violations shall be punished by fines of $300.
The Maynard Conservation Commission voted to accept the above rules and schedule of fines for Conservation Commission managed properties, under M.G.L. Ch. 40 section 8C, at a regularly scheduled public meeting posted under Open Meeting law. These were voted for an approved during the August 9, 2020 meeting.