Hopkington State Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 244' 74 m
Descent: -242' -74 m
High: 399' 122 m
Low: 259' 79 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)
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“A forested loop run to escape the crowds at the beach or simply to get some fresh air and stretch the legs.”— Zander Göpfert
For visitors looking for a nice loop run that samples some of the available trails in the park, look no further. This tour starts from the Split Rock parking area and connects the Aikens Trail, Long Trail, Oval Trail, Hardwood Trail, Pepperbush Trail, and Beach Trail in a clockwise direction.
With lots of little connectors and road crossings, this loop can be shortened for time or ability. Or you can continue to explore the trails south of the Split Rock area toward the Boathouse and beach area.
After ~1.3 miles, the trail crosses Aikens Road (closed to vehicles) and continues toward the eastern boundary of the park where it bends to the right (south). Just over 1.5 miles, the trail will T into the Cross St. Connector. Turn right (west) to head toward the Swimming Pond, crossing over the road again to get to the Oval Trail.
Head along the north side of the Swimming Pool toward Dogwood Drive and turn right to head north briefly on the Hardwood Trail before turning left onto Pepperbush Trail. Before too long you'll come to Birch Street. Turn left (south) to find the Beach Trail and access to the Split Rock Group Area across a field.
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Land Manager: MA DCR - Hopkinton State Park