If you have never heard of Horn Pond, you should read this blog, and then go check it out! I discovered this hidden gem shortly after I moved to Woburn. It is approximately 2.25 miles around (depending on which path you take) and it's a great spot for cardiovascular activity! Health Nudge: Everyone should aim to get approximately 30 minutes of cardivascular activity per day in order to keep your heart and body in optimal condition!
Horn Pond is located at the intersection of Arlington Street and Lake Avenue, and it has many trails and paths for walking and biking. There is a main parking lot, as well as plenty of street parking along Arlington Street and another parking lot on Sturgis Street. Benches surround the pond, so you can sit and relax and watch the ducks or the kayakers out on the water.
Meander slowly around the lake for a leisurely stroll, or you can run or take your dog for a walk. Horn Pond really has it all and it is quiet and beautiful. Recently, I was walking along and I saw a tiny little snapping turtle all alone on one of the large paths! I knew this wasn't a safe place for him, so I picked him up and gently placed him in the water. (Disclaimer: I have owned many turtles as pets, so I felt completely comfortable doing this. Also, he was the size of a quarter! Remember, turtles carry diseases, so always wash hands thoroughly if you ever handle one!) Later as I walked around, I was excited to see lots of red eared sliders (another kind of turtle) out basking in the sun! They are so cute, and they can be recognized by distinct red markings where ears would normally be on the sides of their heads.
I have also seen many different types of birds and families of scurrying chipmunks as well as seeing a woodpecker! Horn Pond is a fantastic place for walks, photography, dog walking and just nature watching. Also mark your calendars for Horn Pond Day, taking place on May 21, 2011! Read all about it here, and see you at Horn Pond!