November 23 2015

Letter: Fun Times During Historic Walk of Burlington's Landlocked Forest

By: Letter to the Editor

The following is a Letter to the Editor by Paul Girouard of the Friends of the Landlocked Forest 

Sunday October 18th was the date of the second historical walk in Burlington’s Landlocked Forest. Turnout for the walk was very good, as Burlington residents of all ages took advantage of the opportunity learn about some of the history in the forest and enjoy the beautiful New England fall foliage, while getting a little exercise at the same time. The walk started from the main parking area on Turning Mill Road. We took one of the more commonly used trails, which took us northward into the heart of the forest. The stone walls that once separated this property into fields and marked boundaries for farmers were evident all throughout the walk. Just before crossing over the longest boardwalk in the forest, which carries us over some wetlands, we stopped to admire the huge old Concord grape vines that wrap around the tall trees and reach for the sun above the canopy. Whether or not these grape vines were cultivated here at one time or are there by some other means is not known, but they sure are a sight to see.


We passed through the open meadow area and proceeded as far north as Kendall Road, which is an old dirt road that once connected Bedford and Burlington and originally joined the Middlesex Turnpike near Terrace Hall Ave. Surprisingly, Kendall Road is still shown on the current Burlington precinct map even though it has not been used since the 1950s when the construction of Route 3 brought an end to its use. I suppose that there are not too many Burlingtonians of our generation who can say that they have travelled on Kendall Road, but our group of hikers that day are part of the relatively few who can.  We traveled for a short time on the old road and then took a left onto one of the main trails that would begin to lead us back to where our walk began.  We stopped to look at an old cellar hole just off of Kendall Road. It’s small by any standard and may have been a small cabin or an outbuilding of some kind. It does not appear on any of the old maps so it is not easy to determine what once stood there. An old white pine, which itself is probably at least 150 years old is growing out of the cellar hole, which helps attest to the age of the old foundation. 


On our return, we passed over two more of the well-constructed boardwalks that enable us to cross over some of the wetter areas with ease, and we headed back to the parking area to complete our walk. The hike was a little over 2.5 miles and took us approximately an hour and twenty minutes to complete.

There is much more to explore in Burlington’s Landlocked Forest, and we hope that you will join us next time. To be notified of future events, please send an email to: Or to learn more, please visit

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