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Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
A boardwalk cutting through tall green shrubs and trees.
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan

Trails at Boston Nature Center

Explore two miles of trails at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan, including a one mile universally accessible trail. Trails and boardwalks traverse meadows and wetlands, home to over 150 species of birds, 40 species of butterflies, and more than 350 species of plants.

Trail Map

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Trail Descriptions

Snail Trail

Length: 0.5 miles
Details: Wander through mixed woods and meadows before meeting up with the Fox Trail. Look for the birch trees, known for their beautiful white bark.
Good to Know: The Snail Trail includes the patio at the back entrance of the nature center; stop here to watch the activity at the bird feeders.

Fox Trail

Length: 1.0 mile
Details: Walk through fields, woods, and wetlands. Take the boardwalk into the wetland to be surrounded by native cattails. The northern part of the Fox Trail follows Canterbury Brook, and the City of Boston’s leaf composting site is visible here when the trees are bare.
Good to Know: The boardwalk planks are made from recycled plastic beverage containers. 

Rabbit Trail

Length: 0.5 miles
Details: Watch for wildlife hiding in the bushes and thickets along this trail, which takes you through fields and wet meadows. Check out the Clark Cooper Community Gardens before crossing the road and leading back to the nature center.
Good to Know: A boardwalk at the far end of the trail is a favorite birdwatching spot. 

All Persons Trail (Universally Accessible)

Length: 1 mile
Details: Overlapping with the three other trails, this one mile universally accessible loop follows a wide, primarily level crushed stone path. The 12 interpretive stops can be enjoyed via audio guide, braille, or print.
Good to Know: The trail may be traveled in either direction, starting at the front or rear of the Boston Nature Center.