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.
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 requires payment of a $10 daily parking fee (upon arrival; contactless payment is available and strongly encouraged) or purchase of an annual membership valid from Mar. 1, 2023 through Feb. 28, 2024. Members of indigenous tribes are welcome to park free of charge.
Please 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.
Hale hosts a large number of programs during the summer. For the safety of our campers, families, and staff members, public access to the property via Hale’s main entrance at 80 Carby Street is limited on weekdays during that time. Public restrooms are not available.
January 1–February 28
March 1–March 13
March 14–May 14
May 15–June 13
June 14–August 20 (Weekdays)
June 14–August 20 (Weekends)
August 21–September 19
September 20–November 6
November 7–December 31
Sen Ki is open for public access throughout the year from dawn to dusk. Please note that dogs and bikes are not permitted at Sen Ki. Restrooms are not available.
Consider the weather, check current hours, make sure enough daylight remains, and note any trail closures. Trail conditions, weather, programs, and special events necessitate changes from time to time, so double-check Hale’s website and social media.
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, trail 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 all visitors between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Members may bring their dogs to Hale during the summer months, too. Keep in mind all dogs 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 of pet waste; trash bins are located at major trailheads. Please note that hired dog-walkers may not provide services at Hale.
Member Benefit: Annual members may bring their dogs onto Hale’s property between sunrise and 8 AM seven days a week; from 4:30 PM until closing time Monday through Friday; and anytime during the day on weekends. For the safety of several hundred campers and program participants, during the summer, dogs are not allowed on the Red Trail or in the vicinity of Noanet Pond and must be leashed at all times, regardless of where they may be on Hale’s property. Failure to comply with this policy may result in suspension or revocation of membership and/or changes to these terms.
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.
South Beach has a separate entrance. From Route 109, turn onto Dover Road and continue for about 1 mile. South Beach’s entrance is on the right, opposite 576 Dover Road; its blue street sign reads “Bruné Way.”
Once You Arrive
Parking on site requires payment of a $10 daily parking fee (upon arrival; contactless payment is available and strongly encouraged) or purchase of an annual membership valid from Mar. 1, 2021 through Feb. 28, 2022. Hale also welcomes members of the Massachusett tribe free of charge; simply show your tribal ID card upon arrival. Be sure to read “Activities at Hale” below for more information about what you can (and can’t) do at Hale!
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. Take only photos—and know that our staff might capture a few of you, too! All visitors are subject to Hale’s Media Policy, and by visiting, you consent to its terms.
Activities at Hale
Visitors (and members who are visiting for passive recreation) may NOT swim, boat, camp, build fires, hunt, or trap. Please refrain from using areas designated for program activities when Hale-sponsored programs and activities are underway. Private watercraft are not permitted on Hale’s ponds.
If you are interested in swimming and boating, please consider our Family & Community Program, which offers swimming and boating lessons, lap swim, and more. If you like camping and building fires, consider a facility rental for your group. If you like hunting and trapping, you’ll have to go elsewhere—we’re committed to protecting nature, and neither activity is permitted at Hale!
Visitors are invited 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. Baitfish 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 allowed on 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. Hale also offers MTB programs and clinics.
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.
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