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K Pastore
Hinsdale, IL666 contributions
We loved this morning hike with a variety of well marked paths to choose from. We followed Morningside and Ice Pond where we ended at the Ski Hill. We hiked up the stairs (what a workout) and followed the trail at the top down the back (better than going down the stairs) to get back to the bottom.
Written May 25, 2021
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CTTravelers_too
Connecticut236 contributions
Couples
We visited this system of trails in June and were very impressed. There are miles of trails just off Rt 30 split in to two sections. The Cedar Street area features The Tower, an immense stone structure that appears almost apparition like as you hike up the trail. There is no marked parking area on Cedar Street but we left our car across the street at the Harris Hill Ski Jump. There is a bridge across the stream and a somewhat harrowing road crossing to the trail head kiosk.
The farm side trails and Retreat Farm (with much better parking) is adjacent to the Grafton Cheese shop on RT 30 and features both the ice pond and the top of the Harris Hill Ski Jump as points of destination.

The walking is easy and the trails are fairly well groomed. The only reason I did not give this an excellent rating is the marking of the trails is sparse and there were no maps in either areas kiosks.

If you plan to go I would advise visiting the web site below, print yourself a map and that way you will have a much better idea where you are heading.
Trail Map:
http://www.brattlebororetreat.org/sites/default/files/tinymce/RetreatTrailsMap%20Updated.pdf
Written July 11, 2014
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Deed K
Pittsburgh, PA31 contributions
Family
These are possibly the best trails that I have walked in this area. I've walked them throughout all seasons and they are equally spectacular. For photographers there is ample wildlife to photograph, and so many opportunities for photographing tree scenes. And for nature lovers you will enjoy the opportunity to see the local wildlife, including deer and the Bald Eagle.One thing more that I love about these trails is - you can make your walk as long or as short as you want to. Ideal for those lacking time, or unable to walk great distances. Trails are all marked too, so you won't get lost. Depending on where you start (I usually start at the Harris Ski Jump), you could finish at the Grafton Cheese Shop & Factory and sample their wonderful cheeses. And for the kids, they also have a small petting farm (for a small fee).
Written July 8, 2015
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Aud E
Grafton, MA526 contributions
We started at Retreat Farm, which was having a festival but their website said they had access to the 9 miles of trails, which we were unable to find. We ended up googling the trailheads and found one nearby. We were hoping for a non-strenuous walk, with the pups and none of the trail descriptions we could find gave a description of the walk. We ended up at a trail that was very much uphill/hike-like, we crossed fields that had seriously tall grasses and while there were posts randomly throughout - none of them identified where we were, there were no signs on them! This area would make an incredible Eagle Scout project for some Boy Scout and would be incredibly helpful for folks looking to traverse the trails. We took several wrong turns and and it wasn't an enjoyable experience, especially after we'd hiked uphill for quite a time and wanted a downhill trail to take us back.
Written October 7, 2019
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travelingteacher51
Pepperell, MA1,420 contributions
#1 go to the ski jump and park. At the street go left about 300 feet and you will find the trail sign. We did not hike that trail so I can not tell you anything about the hike.
#2 we hiked. Find Rt 30 Linden Street find and go down Oak Street to the very end to Chase St. Go left. You will see a big yellow house. Park there. On the right of the house is a driveway that is for several houses. Walk down the public right of way about 300feet to the cemetary and trail head for Retreat Trails.
Enjoy looking at the Retreat cemetary but the grave markers are no longer readable. The trail is easy to follow to the tower. It only goes up. It took about 15 minutes. It is flat but uphill and easy to walk even for those out of shape. I used walking poles. There is not much of a view but the tower is fun to look at. Have fun. I hope this helped.
Written September 30, 2019
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Easternwahoo
15 contributions
Take a picture of the trail map at the trail head so you don’t get lost. There are silly little signs at the beginning, but half way up you’re left with no signs at all. We ended up walking on the road to get back to our car. Other than that, it’s a nice little walk.
Written July 28, 2018
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MapleMark
Brooklyn, NY23 contributions
Solo
These are an excellent set of trails. Check out the Retreat Tower and ice house. You can get to the Harris Hill Ski jump using these trails.
Written November 15, 2017
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giaabruzzi
Wethersfield, CT333 contributions
Family
Retreat Trail is a very cool easy hike (we did it with younger children) with a well marked path system. There is a tower at the top dated 1887 and if you fallow the path past the old sanitorium you will find the graveyard for the original patients with stones dating back into the 1800. Nice way to spend a spring day.
Written April 13, 2017
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CharK1989
Dublin, OH54 contributions
We loved walking the trails one afternoon. Some trails are pretty steep but most are easy to walk. Very peaceful and lovely!
Written July 17, 2016
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Betribal
New York City, NY100 contributions
Family
These are beautiful trails, not to be underestimated. They are well marked and easy to hike with young children and teens, especially during changing seasons; just gorgeous in Fall. A car will take you there quicker, but it's a very nice easy walk from town. One of the most accessible trails, I know of, in fact!
Written November 12, 2015
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