Celebrate the Peacefulness and Beauty of the Trails in the Burlington Landlocked Forest
The Friends of the Landlocked Forest are celebrating new boardwalks and trails and a new map for this little-known gem. It’s only minutes from your house!
2013 trail building
Burlington Selectmen, Dan DiTucci (left) and Ralph Patuto listen to Lexington Selectman Norman Cohen at the dedication ceremony for the information kiosk built at the entrance to the Landlocked Forest.
You are invited to join the Friends of the Landlocked Forest on Saturday, April 23, to help mow and restore the meadow. Using safe equipment, we plan to remove invasive vegetation to give native plants a chance to thrive again.
We'll start at 8 a.m. and wrap up by 4 p.m. but please feel free to participate for any part of the day.
Please bring your own water and snacks. Lunch will be provided.
If you have questions, please call Paul Girouard at 781-460-8406.
Heavy rain postpones to April 30.
In June and August, more than 100 volunteers built a beautiful, sturdy 300 foot long boardwalk across the wetlands near Route 3. Under the leadership of Bill Cohn and the Greater Boston NEMBA chapter trail building experts, they also moved over 7 tons of lumber! The boardwalk was linked to the LLF trail system by more than 200 feet of new trails and a small bridge. In addition, 60 donors helped us raise $3,000 to pay a company to close a lane on Route 3, to hire a police detail, and to buy new trail markers for the revised system. Thanks to everyone who helped, including the sandwich makers!
To see how the new boardwalk gives you a variety of different trail walking options, follow this link to our new map
Guided walks for the fall will be announced soon.
Boy Scouts Build Trail in the Landlocked Forest
Last year, Burlington’s Boy Scout Troop 511 teamed up with members of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) to build a new trail in the Landlocked Forest. The project – coordinated with the Friends of the Landlocked Forest and approved by the Burlington Board of Selectmen – created a trail that makes access to the property and its trail system easier for residents of all ages. The existing trail under the power lines from the Lexington parking lot is quite steep in places and is less suited for the casual walker. NEMBA’s certified trail builders showed the scouts how to use their tools safely and the whole crew headed out to the pre-marked trail. After four hours of removing branches, rocks, vines, loose soil, and other obstacles the trail was finished. The next step is a bench or two that will be built as part of an Eagle Scout project.
Volunteers Build new Boardwalk in the Landlocked Forest
More than 25 volunteers turned out to build a new boardwalk in the Burlington Landlocked Forest on Saturday, May 7th. The project was carried out by the Friends of the Burlington Landlocked Forest and the Boston chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA). The 140-foot boardwalk crosses a rocky stream and wetland area and connects the eastern and western sections of the forest. The boardwalk is made from arsenic-free pressure treated wood and is expected to last at least 25 years. The Burlington Board of Selectmen approved the project and the Friends of the Landlocked Forest raised $1,600 from more than 60 donors to pay for the materials. NEMBA provided both experienced volunteers and the specialized tools needed to create a boardwalk in the forest.
Photo Fundraiser: Support the Friends of the Landlocked Forest by purchasing a photo of the Landlocked Forest. We also offer photo puzzles, T-shirts, aprons, tote bags, mousepads, mugs and bookmarks. All proceeds will go to support our organization.
Friends of the Burlington Landlocked Forest is an organization of citizens concerned with the wellbeing and preservation of 270-acres of land located between Routes 62, 3, and 128 in Burlington, MA. Contact Us