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Our award-winning educational and recreational programs serve 15,000 children and families throughout Greater Boston. Our professional facilitators help schools, colleges, and corporations achieve goals on our challenge courses. We host free public events that celebrate all seasons. We even rent facilities for private functions—and as a non-profit, we reinvest proceeds to further our mission to develop self-confidence, inspire passion for learning, and encourage appreciation for the natural environment.

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Click here for important information regarding visiting Hale during the COVID-19 pandemic. All visitors are reminded to observe physical distancing guidelines and to maintain 7–10 feet of space between one another. When passing others on trails, please step aside to keep your distance. Only Stick with Hale Permit holders may bring dogs onto the property and dogs must be leashed at all times. As of Sept. 8, Hale is open daily from 8 AM until 7 PM.

Hale is a private nonprofit that welcomes visitors. While we invite the general public to freely use our trails, please know that parking on site will require pre-payment of a daily parking fee the night before your visit or purchase of a seasonal parking permit valid through Dec. 31. Also review and abide by the following guidelines as you explore the property. We appreciate your cooperation, and look forward to seeing you on the trails soon.

Visitor Guidelines

Before Your Adventure

Consider the weather, make sure enough daylight remains, and check for trail closures. As of September 8, Hale is open daily from 8 AM to 7 PM. Trail conditions, weather, programs, and special events necessitate trail closures from time to time, so check Hale’s website and social media as well.

Remember to pack gear that ensures safety and comfort, including layers, water, a snack, hats, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent, a headlamp or flashlight, first aid kit, map, and compass.

Do not bring private watercraft, all-terrain vehicles, motorized dirt bikes, firearms, fireworks, alcohol, or drugs. These are all strictly prohibited at Hale.

Dogs at Hale

Our canine friends may accompany those with a day pass or our other permits. Keep in mind they must be licensed, vaccinated, well-behaved, and in good health. No more than two dogs may accompany each visitor at any given time. Dogs are not permitted on fields, playgrounds, beaches, or in ponds. Each dog must be on a leash and under its owner’s control at all times. Owners are responsible for bagging and properly disposing pet waste; trash bins are located at major trailheads. Please note that hired dog-walkers may not provide services at Hale.

Getting to Hale

Hale’s Main Office is located at 80 Carby Street, Westwood, MA. Access the following sites via this entrance:

  • Andrew Cucchiara Learning Center (ACLC) — Pass the Main Office on the left and turn right. Continue up the hill and into the ACLC’s gravel parking lot.
  • Cat Rock Parking Lot — Pass the Main Office on the left and continue to the first paved parking area on the left.
  • North Beach — Park in Cat Rock Parking Lot. Follow the dirt road to the right of the bulletin board. At the end of the road turn left to get to the beach.
  • Powissett Lodge — Pass the Main Office on the left. Continue for about 1.5 miles. The parking area is on the left, and Powissett Lodge is a short walk up the road.
  • Trading Post and Simches Family Center — Pass the Main Office on the left. Continue for about 1 mile. You will pass a small island in the road, turn sharply up a hill, and pass the Trading Post on the right. Park in the gravel lot on the left, opposite the Trading Post.

Hale Summer Club has a separate entrance. From Route 109, turn onto Dover Road and continue for about 1 mile. Hale Summer Club’s entrance is on the right, opposite 576 Dover Road; its blue street sign reads “Bruné Way.”

Once You Arrive

Parking on site requires pre-payment of a daily parking fee the night before your visit or purchase of a seasonal parking permit valid through Dec. 31.

Know the speed limit and park in a lot. The speed limit is 15 miles per hour throughout Hale. Thank you for driving carefully to ensure the safety of people, dogs, and wildlife. Parking is only allowed in designated parking areas; roadside parking is not allowed.

Chart your course. Hale boasts many miles of trails and three ponds (Noanet, Powissett, and Storrow). Download a trail map or pick one up at the Main Office, familiarize yourself with the property, and orient yourself before you set out. Learn to use a map and compass if you plan to explore, and observe any trail closure or detour signs you may encounter. Do not rely on a GPS device or your smartphone, as many areas of Hale lack cell service. Remember to tell a friend or family member where you plan to go and when you plan to return.

Observe the Leave No Trace Seven Principles. Any visitor who defaces, damages, or removes plants, trees, signs, posters, barriers, buildings, or other elements—natural or built—may be banned from Hale.

Activities at Hale

Visitors may NOT swim, boat, hunt, trap, camp, or build fires. Please refrain from using areas designated for program activities when Hale-sponsored programs and activities are underway. If you would like to participate in open swimming or boating at Hale Summer Club but are not a registered passholder, a limited number of Day Passes are available and may be purchased for $20 per person, per day. Call 781-326-8985 beforehand to confirm availability.

Visitors are welcome to go:

  • Picnicking. Visitors and families are welcome to picnic at Hale. No barbecuing is allowed.
  • Fishing. No license is required. Remember that private watercraft are not permitted. Bait fish are banned; shiners, minnows, and chubs can damage a pond’s natural ecology. Catch and release is encouraged. Catch for consumption is allowed: each visitor is limited to keeping two trout, two bass, and unlimited sunfish per day.
  • Horseback Riding. Please avoid heavily used areas. Ideal riding areas are south of the East/West Fire Road and south of Powissett Street.
  • Hiking. Hale offers numerous hiking opportunities. Check a trail map to learn more about trail difficulty and natural features. Remember to share your route with a friend or family member.
  • Mountain Biking. Mountain biking is not permitted on any of the beaches or fields. Visitors are encouraged to bike away from areas used for programming and those frequented by pedestrians. Remember to check each trail’s status: sometimes biking is prohibited from March 1 through April 30 due to muddy conditions. Trails may be closed due to spring weather conditions, or temporarily open with the expectation that visitors will ride softly in wet areas and on steeps. Please bike responsibly and refrain from using trails until they’ve properly thawed; you will be doing Hale and the sport a service by preserving the trails we ride.
  • Snowshoeing. Hale is beautiful after a heavy snowstorm. Visitors who are especially familiar with its layout and winter orienteering may find that snowshoeing reveals parts of the property they’ve never seen.
  • Ice Skating. Ice on the ponds is not monitored and may be thin. Skate at your own risk.
  • Cross Country Skiing. Trails are not specially maintained for skiing. Ski at your own risk.


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Groups and Events

Groups must either a) be affiliated with and insured by Hale, or b) be affiliated with a company or organization that can provide Hale with a Certificate of Liability Insurance. To learn more about bringing your group to Hale, please see Rentals.

Hale truly has its own culture. It’s a respite from civilization, and I feel fortunate it’s located so close to my house.Malachy Duffy

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