Framingham, Massachusetts is a trail runner’s paradise. With half-a-dozen state parks, reservations, and conservation lands within a 20-minute drive of downtown, good trails are never far. Whether you’re a seasoned trail runner or just getting into the sport, check out these six loops—all of which are close enough to squeeze in before or after work.
Best runs 3 miles or less
Just because you’re not running far doesn’t mean you don’t deserve gorgeous scenery. Try these two scenic sub-5K routes.
Noanet Peak Loop (2.4 miles)
Tag a summit and be home for dinner in less than an hour? Yes, please. Located just outside of Dover, Noanet Peak offers a compact, full-value adventure for whenever you’re short on time. The first half of the trail packs 250 feet of gain into about a mile, which feels pretty steep in the moment. But the views from up top—and the flowy descent afterward—make it all worth it.
Lake Waban Loop (3.0 miles)
Located on the Wellesley College Campus, Lake Waban is a deep-blue pond ringed in hardwood trees. While the full shoreside loop trail isn’t currently open, you can get your share of the waterfront views by running south from the parking lot and tracing the lake’s western shore. As you near its southernmost tip, loop back through the woods for some fun ascents and descents on the return to your car.