Ever been to the Lynn Woods? It's 2,200 acres of trails and trees tucked away in the heart of Lynn. This park has everything: walking paths, lakes, towers, and local legends of a mysterious lost pirate treasure. Seriously. Pirate treasure. C'mon. Whether you want an easy stroll with the family or are looking for some nice hills for mountain biking, the Lynn Woods is a great excuse to get outdoors.
I went to visit this Saturday after stopping by the shop to grab a free cup of fresh brewed coffee, then drove the short distance to Great Woods Rd., where a parking lot adjoins a wide trailhead. The lower half of Walden pond, a city reservoir, was readily visible from the car. A dog and owner were playing fetch on the shore and a local jogging group was doing some pre-run stretching. The main trail is wide and easily walkable. From it, I enjoyed a quiet walk, punctuated occasionally by woodpeckers high up in the trees and chipmunks rummaging in the leaves below. Deer, owls, and foxes have been spotted here. Not too far from the parking lot, the trail splits in two, and the path to the left angles up a long steep hill. At the top is an unexpected surprise: a stone tower! The inside of the tower is closed to visitors but a short set of stairs will take you to a great view of the woods and city below. It's a bit of a hike, but with plenty of mossy logs and rocks to stop and rest on along the way. It was a great way to enjoy a crisp day and a hot cup of joe.