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Water  Trips in MA

  • Organization for the Assabet River – Maps, information, and events.
  • Ispwich River, Ispwich, MA – Canoes can be rented at Foot Brothers, Willowdale Dam, 230 Topsfield Rd., Ipswich, MA 01938, 978- 356-9771
  • Merrimack River Watershed Council, Inc. – Fourth largest watershed inNew England, spreading through New Hampshire and Massachusetts. At its heart is the Merrimack River, running 180 miles from the White Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. Good overview map and trip listings.
  • Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands – They regularly run summer and fall trips in the Harbor and along the coast. Take a group on one of these trips and include boat trip ticket and picnic supper. A great sunset cruise.
  • Boston Harbor Association – This organization is composed of harbor industries and the Boston League of Women Voters. They regularly lead tours, boat trips, and walks to educate the public about the need for mixed use of the harbor, both recreational and industrial. Take a group on one of their tours and combine itwith a walk along the harbor followed by dinner or a snack.
  • Moonlight Canoe Trip on the Charles River – This is a popular and easy trip to run. Charles River Canoe/Kayak provides the boats and lights. You provide the paper goods (plates, bowls or appetizers, utensils, and garbage bags); particpants provide the food. A-H main dish, I-N dessert, and O-Z appetizers. Bring your own beverage. Only certified Paddling Leaders can lead paddling trips. Waiver forms for INTRO and for Charles River REQUIRED.
  • Sea Kayaking – We are not currently training INTRO Paddling leaders to do sea kayaking trips. The Boston Chapter Paddling Committee runs sea kayaking trips and we encourage members to go on their beginner trips. However, you can run a sea kayaking trip if you use an outfitter and a guide, such as North Shore Kayak Outdoor Center. They do an interesting overnight camping trip to Thacher Island.

Hiking Trips in MA

  • Massachusetts Parks and Forests
  • New England Orienteering – This organization sets up courses and also offers free instruction.
    • You organize a group and attend the event.
    • You divide your group into teams of 4 to do the course.
    • Each team pays an entry fee, usually about $4.
    • This is a fundraiser for the INTRO Committee.We charge each participant $4. The $4 includes their team registration and money for cookies purchased by the leader for a small social time afterwards. The remaining balance is sent to the Trip Report Coordinator with the Trip Report.
  • Photography or Art Hike – Take along cameras or art supplies and visit scenic areas. Following a Photography hike, you can have a potluck at someone’s home and critique or view results. Hike to an art museum or a concert.
  • Animal tracking – These are guided hikes looking at signs of animals and interpreting what they mean. Note that if you know what plants are growing, you can find the animals that eat them.
  • Massachusetts Audubon Society – Many sanctuaries are scenic spots for cross-country skiing or snow shoeing. Ipswitch River Wild Life Sanctuary has canoes for rent. Sanctuaries have interesting nature walks on the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.
  • Ponkapaug Camp, Randolph, MA – Cute little AMC cabins near the Blue Hills. Do a day hike Fall or Summer or reserve cabins for the weekend. There is a lodge with cooking facilities and couches overlooking the pond – no heat.
  • Day hike with meal at a restaurant afterwards. See, a web site maintained by a Boston AMC member, that provides descriptions of many little known interesting restaurants.
  • Night Hike – Could be preceded with dinner …
  • Silent Hike – There is no talking on these hikes. You might provide name tags and have index cards with plant names on them. An ASL lesson is included. Usually the alphabet and about 12 words pertaining to the location of the hike. One fluent signer required.
  • Hiking and Tanglewood – Bascom Lodge is still available.

Biking/Other Trips in MA

  • Ice skating at Ponkapaug Camp
  • Topsfield Fair – Combine this with a canoe on the Ipswitch. Suggest you use a local outfitter so you don’t have to deal with boats at the fair. You must be a certified Paddling Leader to lead a paddling trip.
  • Boston Chapter Conservation Committee – They often have interesting speakers each month. Work with them to include a potluck supper prior to speaker co-sponsored by INTRO or … get some INTRO folks together for supper and then attend the Conservation Committee meeting en masse.
  • Hostels in Massachusetts Handbook – Approximately $7-$25 per night. You may not be allowed to be there during the day.
  • Hosteling International – Cape Cod – Maps, photos, and links to other hostels.
  • Beginner Bike Trips – There is always interest in these bike rides and there may not be that many beginner trips offered by the Bike Committee later in the summer.
  • Ski Trips:

New Hampshire

Water Trips in NH

See the INTRO Paddling Leader’s Guide for reference books on paddling in New Hampshire and contact information for New Hampshire outfitters.

  • Merrimack River Watershed Council, Inc. – Fourth largest watershed in New England, spreading through New Hampshire and Massachusetts. At its heart is the Merrimack River, running 180 miles from the White Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. Good overview map and trip listings.
  • Squam Lake – The Squam Lakes Association manages 12 backcountry campsites on Moon Island, Bowman Island and Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest. Each campsite is located within 150-feet of Squam Lake and has toilet facilities nearby, dock or beach access, a campfire ring and miles of hiking trails

Hiking Trips in NH

  • New Hampshire Hike Table – Quick overview of trails, need to check guidebooks for details.
  • AMC Lodging – hut and lodging system
  • Harvard Cabin– This cabin is owned by Harvard located near Pinkham Notch (3 hours from Boston) but the AMC manages and maintains it. It has gas heating in the winter – downstairs only. Good sized kitchen and diningroom. Sleeping loft upstairs for 15. Outhouse with two stalls. Note: Any hiking you do up here will probably require a WMNF Guide card, which can only be obtained by an L1 leader. Rates for 2003 are $7.50 per night for AMC members and $8.50 per night for non AMC members. Register with Ann Piascik.
  • Pembrook – This is a private lodge owned by an AMC member in Woodstock, NH, a two-hour drive from Boston. The Big House sleeps 14 and the Little House sleeps 10. Meals can be provided or group cooking can be arranged. See the web site for pricing
  • Youth Hostels in New Hampshire – Approximately $7-$25 per night. You may not be allowed to be there during the day.
Biking/Other Trips in NH
  • Want to add CONTRA DANCING to your trip? — Check this schedule.
  • Hopkinton State Fair – Every Labor Day weekend in Contoocook, NH. Great thing to combine with a hiking weekend.

Rhode Island

Water Trips in RI

  • Prudence Island – This is a good late summer/September weekend on a full moon. Contact the State of Rhode Island to register for camping. Take a ferry from Middletown, RI. Set up tents on the beach – works well to bring chilli and be heating it while the tents are being set up. Then eat the chilli on the beach at a picnic table as the sun sets. You can bike, hike, or take a ferry the next day to the other end of the island where there are a few victorian houses and one general store. Back at the campsite that night, you can make dinner over the fire in the fireplace – barbecued chicken or shish-ka-bobs? Take a night hike on the beach. Sunday morning, walk through the woods to the winery where you can sit on the lawn and sip wine. Trip ends at noon and participants can return on the public ferry at noon, 1:00, or 4:00.
  • Pawtuxet River and Narrow River – Either of these are great day trips. Carpool from Boston and don’t forget to stop at Allie’s Donuts on Route 2 in North Kingstown.Search online for local outfitter contact information.
  • Block Island – Stay in an inn and do a bike trip??
  • RI DEM/Fish and Wildlife-Public Boat Launching Sites – This includes both fresh water and salt water launch sites with regulations.
  • Gilbert Stuart Birthplace – North Kingstown, RI off Route 1 south. Put your canoe in here and paddling down to the Narragansett Bay. If you have enough energy and are careful, you can canoe surf here. Paddle out as far as you want, then turn quickly to avoid waves hitting you broadside, and ride the surf in. Guess what! You can’t get all the way in to shore without swamping. It takes a lot of energy to empty the boat and go again. The average canoeist can only manage about three rides. Again, you must be a Paddling leader to lead a paddling trip.

Hiking Trips in RI

Biking/Other Trips in RI

  • Arcadia State Park – Exeter, Rhode Island. Go camping and combine hiking or canoeing or both with a visit to the Washington County State Fair. Visit Stepping Stone Falls or go horseback riding at Stepping Stone Ranch where you can also get in a great country music concert. Visit the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum.
  • Rhode Island Events Calendar – Various events that can be combined with a weekend camping in Rhode Island.
  • Newport Waterfront Festivals – Various food and music festivals that can be combined with the Cliff Walk or other activities.
  • Waterfire – Top off a day biking, hiking, or canoeing with a wonderful fire and light experience in Providence on Saturday nights in the summer until October.