The Land

The land supports many species.
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In our concretized, urban landscape, the Landlocked Forest of Burlington is an oasis of forest, wildlife, and natural beauty. A treasure in its own right, and enjoyed by local hikers, bicyclists,and bird watchers, it is also part of our environmental legacy, a piece of old New England to be preserved, nurtured, and bequeathed to our grandchildren.

The 250 acres of land is name the “Landlocked Forest” because of its location between Routes 62, 3, and 128 in Burlington, and conservation land in Bedford and Lexington.  Burlington residents and others may access it from the parking lot on Turning Mill Road  in Lexington.  The property currently offers 13 miles of trails perfect for walking, trail running, bicycling, dog walking, snow shoeing, and cross-country skiing.

landlocked forest aerial

The Landlocked Forest borders on Burlington, Bedford, and Lexington.The majority of the land is owned by the city of Burlington which wisely has kept it as open space since acquiring it by eminent domain in 1985.


landlocked forest - rt 3

It borders Route 3 in Burlington to the east, Route 62 in Bedford to the north, conservation land in Lexington to the west and Route 128 to the South.

It is readily accessible to Burlington residents and all visitors. Once inside, visitors will find miles of gorgeous and easily navigable trails, providing year-round passive recreation: hiking, mountain biking, dog walks, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

A wide variety of plant and animal life create a vibrant eco-system, just waiting to be shared and explored by the public.


landlocked forest powerlines

The main trailhead to the Forest is located on Turning Mill Road in Lexington, under the powerlines at the site of the future West Lexington Greenway.

Here is a link to our trailmap.