1. MIDSTATE TRAIL From N.H. to RI through Worcester County. Approximately 95 miles total, the length of Worcester County, from Mt. Watatic in Ashburnham to Douglas State Forest.
A new acquisition by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in Princeton of the Blanchard Trust land (424 acres) further protects the portion of the trail as it passes from Rutland into Princeton. The Trail also passes by Redemption Rock on Route 140 in Princeton, goes over Mt. Wachusett, through Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon) and passes Sampson's Pebble, the giant rock at Treasure Valley Boy Scout Reservation in Rutland. Mid-State Trail Guides are available at Leroy and Preston in West Boylston and N.E. Backpacker and Eastern Mountain Sports in Worcester.
2.SAVAGE HILL Division of Fisheries and Wildlife249 acres of ridge, hilltop, and marsh. Slopes are fairly moderate, though some steep areas exist on the west side of Savage Hill. Parking on Route 62, in Princeton, near Hubbardston line. Map available from DFW.
3. LEOMINSTER STATE PARK (DEM) 4126 acres, hiking, mountain biking, boating, canoeing, boat ramp on Paradise Pond, hunting, rest rooms, walking trails, picnicking, cross country skiing, scenic viewing area. Crow Hill rock outcrop has scenic views, technical rock climbing and marks where Mid-State Trail passes by. Access points and parking located on Route 31 south of intersection with Route 2. Call (978) 874-2303.
4. PRINCETON LAND TRUST Burkhardt Property-26 wooded acres located on Calamint Hill Road South, abutting the Rutland Town line. Walking trails possible.
5. TOWN FOREST Approximately 40 acres located on Calamint Hill Road North. Open to the public.
6. WACHUSETT MEADOW WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Massachusetts Audubon Society-1031 acres, striking farm landscape, scenic hilltop vistas, upland meadow, a taste of northern forests, and an extensive red maple swamp are highlights. II miles of hiking trails. Closed Mondays. Call (978) 464-2712.
7. TOWN OF PRINCETON FRISBEE GOLF COURSE Located behind Town Hall and Library, this course provides interesting hiking as well as a challenging frisbee(disc) golf course as baskets are located up and down through the rock ledges. Copies of the course map can be obtained at the Princeton House of Pizza located on Route 62 just west of town center.
8. PRINCETON LAND TRUST Gregory Spring provides potential trail connection from Prospect Street over to Merriam Rd. near Route 3 I. Public access and parking is currently undetermined. Call (978) 464-5889 for update.
9. PRINCETON LAND TRUST Russell Corner. Site of former golf course, former Russell's general store and P0., and Moore Tavern (yellow house), where the town was conceived. A four acre green at the top of the Sterling Road hill, and a great place to rest, picnic and view Mt.Wachusett.
10. PRINCETON LAND TRUST Bullock and McElroy Lands. Fronting on Bullock Lane, these two parcels total almost 54 acres and contain beautiful forest, impressive eskers left by the melting glaciers, and natural springs.
11. MINNS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Located just north of Thompson Road, on Mountain Road. Hunting is not allowed on this 138 acres. The "Little Wachusett" Trail starts atWestminster Road, just in from Mountain Road at a break in the stone retaining wall, climbs to the top of Little Wachusett, and cuts right (westerly) to end on Thompson Road across from Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow Sanctuary.
12. WACHUSETT MOUNTAIN STATE PARK 2,849 acres of hiking, cross country and down hill skiing, historical sites, scenic viewing area, hawk migration and foliage viewing in the fall. Trail maps available at the John Hitchcock Visitor Center at high point on Mountain Rd. Call (978) 464-2987.
13. RIDGE ROADWALK (see Rutland,#13)
14. REDEMPTION ROCK The Trustees of Reservations(TTOR)- look for TTOR sign and state highway historic marker along Route 140, north of intersection with Route 3 I. Site where ransom was paid to Indians to release Mary Rowlandson in I 675. Call Trustees at (978) 840-4446
15 "THE WATERFALLS" (MDC) Located just off Route 140 on Gleason Road, a wonderful stopping point for those on foot or bike, these waterfalls provide scenic view of Keyes Brook as it flows through mill ruins in East Princeton.
16. HOUGHTON ROADTO ROUTE 140 Hubbard and Davis Farms- Recently acquired MDC land which provides potential trail connections as well as use of Houghton Road as hiking path, now closed to through traffic to Route 140.
17. THOMAS PRINCE SCHOOL NATURE TRAILS Several well-marked trails built by students and friends criss-cross the woods and fields behind the school. Maps are available at the school, located east of town center on Route 62, and at Princeton Town Hall.
18. WORCESTER ROAD TO THOMAS PRINCE SCHOOL (Proposed Trail)-From approximately #77 Worcester Road down through former Morgan lands now owned by the MDC, connecting to Coalkiln Rd. and then turn right through MDC land to School Nature Trails. At the time of this printing, public access has not been determined. Call (978) 464-5889 for an update.