Beechwoods park is a neat little park. I only recently discovered it while we were house shopping. Haven’t had the chance to stop by until today. The park provides some hiking trails along a pretty little brook and winds itself between a few nice neighborhoods. There are a few bridges over the brook which take you to big open green sections that are maintained by the town.
There are 2 main entrances to the park, and a little over a mile in trails that loop between them. The North entrance to the park is on High Street Extension and the South entrance to the park is off of Squirrels Heath Rd. However; one of the really neat things about the park is there are TONS of entrances all over. Not just hidden trails either, full on signed entrances, just without parking lots. It seems like they were put in to give access to the park from the neighborhoods it goes through which is really nice.
Although I started my little walk at the north entrance I would suggest you start at the south parking lot and do the loop. The reason is the north end seems to be a bit wet and a bit swampy. The trail is in good shape and a little raised, but I have a feeling that come fly season it might be a bit overrun.
Beechwoods park is not a great hiking destination, it’s a bit small, only about a mile of trails, and if you’re not moving fast during fly season it might be a bit uncomfortable.
Beechwoods is a fantastic trail running or mountain biking location (I’m not sure if the town allows bikers or not but I saw tracks so at least some people use it that way). it’s not overly long but if you’re looking for a quick workout or a place you can do some laps in the great outdoors it’s fantastic!
It’s also a great place to see some flora or fauna. While I was there today I saw:
- ants swarming a woodpecker hole
- signs of deer
- Trillian (flowers)
- Periwinkle (flowers)
It’s a nice little break from the monotony of urban sprawl.
And as always, I’ve created a map of my little hike through Beechwoods park and you can see the path I took (with relatively decent accuracy, I’ll work on that) below.
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