The first time I visited the Lane Homestead, on North Street in Foxboro, not only was it difficult to find, it was challenging to find a place to park my car.
I visited the same area recently and found: a flashing light at the entrance to the property (evidently warning about the railroad crossing a few yards down the road), paved parking areas, a handicapped accessible deck over the Neponset River, a learning center,
and even a Story Book trail!
I hoped to get some views of foliage along the edge of the reservoir, and while the foliage has been slow in coming this fall, there were, indeed, plenty of lovely water views, and some nice color.
Several spits of land take you out into the middle of the reservoir, the headwaters of the Neponset River.
When we visited, the entire area was quiet, and the sun was shining. I learned later from a conservation commision member that the lake is not always that quiet.
In fact, in summer months, expect to hear jet skis, motor boats, and all sorts of other activity in the reservoir. The entrance on North Street does not lend itself to getting canoes or kayaks into the water, but there is a public boat ramp on Chestnut street, at the south end of the reservoir.
The wide, clear trails make for very easy walking, and there is enough variety in the terrain to make any walk interesting. Besides, the trail hugs the shoreline for much of the way. From North Street you can walk on trails nearly a mile down to Chestnut Street, where there is additional parking. A trail map we got at the learning center is available on line at the Foxboro conservation commision website.
It’s hard to believe how near this now-quiet spot is to the confusion and noise of Gillette Stadium. But at least on non-event days, it’s a great spot to head to for time outdoors along the trail. When something’s going on at the stadium, I’ll make no promises about peace or quiet.
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are.
She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress.