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52 Photos of Walpole, Mass.: Scenic Beauty in a Boston Suburb

The photos of Walpole, Mass. in this post prove that one does not need to focus solely on tourist destinations to experience the heart and soul of New England travel.

Walpole, a southwest suburb of Boston with small town charm, exemplifies scenic beauty in many areas of town that give locals places to relax, reflect and regenerate. Actually, every town and city in Massachusetts possesses picturesque spots, thus begging the point: See and appreciate Mother Nature’s beauty located not too far beyond your doorstep. The grass is not always greener on the other side!

Sunrise at Turner Pond in Walpole, MA.

Sunrise at Turner Pond.

Sure, we love our Maine coast, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and good old Cape Cod but New England does not end at these kind of revered vacation destinations. There’s scenic New England splendor right around the corner and sometimes most preferred given the lack of crowds and the chance to connect with the locals. This type of experience can actually be more “real” as there’s no expectation to be a tourist. You can just be you!

Without further delay, check out these 52 photos of Walpole that will hopefully inspire you to check out the wonderful communities in New England that tend to fly under the radar…

North Walpole

North Walpole features scenic open land, Willett Pond and big old farmhouses as well as the legendary Bubbling Brook ice cream stand and restaurant right over the line in Westwood..  Adams Farm on North Street — with 365 acres of beautiful land open to the public —  abounds with scenery and well-defined walking trails to take you away from the stresses of modern life. It’s a great place for fall foliage leaf peeping, hiking, picnics, cross country trail walking, non motorized bike trail riding, nature photography, bird watching, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and sledding.

Winter scene at Adams Farm in Walpole, Mass.

Winter at Adams Farm.

Adams Farm is so beautiful! The vast farmland abounds with well-defined walking trails that yield memorable scenery to take you away from the stresses of modern life. At the end of the trail, it is often impossible to hear man-made sounds. Now, how many places like that can you identify in the Boston area?!! Adams Farm is a great place for fall foliage leaf peeping, hiking, picnics, cross country trail walking, non-motorized bike trail riding, nature photography, bird watching, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and sledding.

The red barn offers an inviting scene at the front of Adams Farm…

The red barn at Adams Farm i Walpole, Mass.

The red barn at Adams Farm.

And walking trails satisfy with peace and tranquility….

Walking trail at Adams Farm in Walpole, Mass.

Walking trail at Adams Farm.

Over at nearby Willett Pond, the sunrises provide inspiration so early in the morning and seem to have a different personality every day…

Sunrise at Willett Pond, Walpole, Mass.

Sunrise at Willett Pond.

Another beautiful sunrise at Willett Pond in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Another beautiful sunrise at Willett Pond.

The sunsets at Willett Pond aren’t so bad, either!

Sunset at Willett Pind in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Sunset at Willett Pond.

Another amazing sunset at Willett Pond in Walpole, Mass.

Another amazing sunset at Willett Pond.

Willett Pond will do just fine in the daylight, as well.

And a ride or walk along semi-rural North Street can wake up the senses in no time at all!

Sunrise just off North Street in Walpole, Mass.

Sunrise just off North Street.

Downtown Walpole

Downtown Walpole, Massachusetts.

Downtown Walpole.

This quaint town center spans just a few blocks but features a classic New England town green, stately historic homes (on Common Street), beautiful churches and a nice mix of restaurants and shops.

The town green lends the downtown district a rare spaciousness — so much needed in a world where suburban space is at a premium.

Downtown Walpole town green,, Walpole, Massachusetts.

Downtown Walpole town green.

The visual centerpiece of downtown Walpole: the Old Town Hall at the corner of Main and Stone Streets.

Old Town Hall in downtown Walpole, Mass.

Old Town Hall.

The downtown has a particular charm,  as evidenced here by this Christmas scene at the 1903 stone gazebo…

This scene of the Old Town Hall from the town common lends a quintessential New England look…

Snow on the Walpole town common, Walpole, Mass.

Snow on the Walpole town common,

Walking along the town common toward the gazebo on a winter morning lends a magical vibe…

Snow by the gazebo at the town common in Walpole, Mass. on a wintry morning.

Snow by the gazebo at the town common.

As it also does at the United Church in Walpole on Common Street…

Winter by the United Church in Walpole., Mass.

Winter by the United Church in Walpole.

Classic New England scene on Common St. in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Classic New England scene along the town common on Common St.

Before winter graces downtown Walpole, the fall season offers a crisp, wonderful feeling that truly has that New England stamp written all over it…

Shuffling through the leaves in downtown Walpole, Mass.

Shuffling through the leaves in downtown Walpole.

and plenty of community events in idyllic settings like this annual Pumpkin Patch at the Epiphany Parish…

Pumpkin Patch at Epiphany Parish in Walpole, Mass.

Pumpkin Patch.

The hidden spots in downtown Walpole also offer scenic autumn gems like the gazebo in the backyard of the Epiphany Parish of Walpole…

Gazebo at Epiphany Parish in Walpole, Mass.

Gazebo at Epiphany Parish.

Memorial Pond also gives downtown Walpole a relaxed, almost rural feel — a nice quiet oasis just a few minutes walk from Main Street.

Memorial Pond in downtown Walpole, Mass.

Memorial Pond.

Another look at Memorial Pond in Walpole, Mass.

Another look at Memorial Pond.

Or, how about the “Bridge to Nowhere” pedestrian walking bridge between East Street and Morgan Field?

The bridge to nowhere pedestrian walking bridge in downtown Walpole, Mass.

Bridge to Nowhere.

All in all, Downtown Walpole serves as a great walking area any time of the year  like this walk down Main Street with the gazebo and shops and restaurants…

Gazebo and Main St. shops and restaurants in downtown Walpole, Mass.

Gazebo and Main Street shops and restaurants.

Here’s a beautiful scene with some history including honoring a fallen soldier…

Lewis/Bacevich Memorial Fountain in Walpole, Mass.

Lewis/Bacevich Memorial Fountain.

The Common Street town common in downtown Walpole, Mass. features the 1903 C.S. Bird Fountain which was restored and then dedicated in 2008 to Army 1st Lt. Andrew Bacevich who was killed on May 7, 2007, by an improvised explosive device while deployed in Iraq. As a truly generous incentive, the Veterans Development Corporation, of Norwell, Massachusetts, volunteered all the necessary materials and labor to restore the former historic C.S. Bird Fountain in Bacevich’s name.

Historic Blackburn Memorial Hall is a social and recreational gathering place and home of the Walpole Recreation Department…

Blackburn Hall in Walpole, Mass.

Blackburn Hall.

All in all, quite a nice downtown with a mix of scenery and a well-defined town center!

Bird Park

Willow Pond at Bird Park, Walpole, Mass.

Willow Pond at Bird Park.

Bird Park boasts 89 acres of gentle rolling parkland, ponds, large stone walkways and walking bridges, grassy fields and mature shade trees, tree groves, and ponds. Recreational opportunities abound — a well-constructed playground for children five years-old and younger, tennis and basketball courts, cross country skiing, picnic areas and a bandstand for concerts. If you don’t feel like walking, sitting on one of the many benches offers opportunity to peacefully reflect and watch the world go by. No matter where at Bird Park, every step of the way seems to lend a magic moment.

Frog Pond at Bird Park in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Frog Pond at Bird Park.

The walking paths bring one to places of beauty and reflection…

Fall foliage at Bird Park in Walpole, Mass.

Fall foliage at Bird Park.

Bird Park in autumn, Walpole, Massachusetts.

Bird Park in autumn.

The way light shines in Bird Park never fails to add further ambiance…

and the impending changing of seasons might seem initially sad but also comforting knowing this is a wonderful four-season park.

Leaves on the ground at Bird Park in Walpole, Mass.

Leaves on the ground at Bird Park.

Plus, there’s always a walking bridge to connect us to the pleasing lands at Bird Park no matter what season.

Walking bridge at Bird Park in East Walpole, MA.

Walking bridge at Bird Park.

Walpole Town Forest

White's Bridge at Walpole Town Forest in Walpole, Massachusetts.

White’s Bridge at Walpole Town Forest.

A true hidden gem, many Walpole residents do not even know about the 150-acre Walpole Town Forest. They should! With public access off South Street, It’s a beautifully cared for forest that shares more in common with New Hampshire scenery than suburban Boston. The most impressive view: the wide, wooden White’s Bridge leading one to a path alongside a most scenic stretch of the Neponset River. About five minutes from White’s Bridge, a dam and rushing waterfall lend a stunning scene, especially at sunset.

Waterfall at Walpole Town Forest, Walpole, MA.

Waterfall at Walpole Town Forest.

The Walpole Town Forest also extends across to Washington Street (access near the corner of South St.) with walking trails framed by tall trees and a volunteer-built boardwalk that connects to another scenic piece of land, Jarvis Farm…

Walking trail at the Walpole Town Forest in South Walpole., Massachusetts

Walking trail at the Walpole Town Forest in South Walpole.

Walking trail at the South Walpole Town Forest in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Boardwalk at the Walpole Town Forest in South Walpole.

Jarvis Farm, Walpole, Mass.

Jarvis Farm.

Be sure not to miss visiting the Walpole Town Forest!

The Aggie School

The old barn at the Aggie School in Walpole,, Mass.

The old barn at the Aggie School.

The Norfolk County Agricultural School (also known as the Aggie School) provides an academic and agricultural science vocational experience to high school students. Lucky them! This space of scenic land looks nicer than many college campuses with its several miles of beautiful walking trails and farmland — the latter, not often seen in the Boston suburbs.

Walking path at the Aggie School in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Walking path at the Aggie School.

The Aggie School is popular during off hours (weekends and later in the weekday afternoons after school) as a spot to enjoy peace, quiet and scenery, along with horses, cows and sheep.

Horse at the Aggie School in Walpole, Mass.

Horse at the Aggie School.

The newer and older barns come across like a greatest hits package of barns through the generations.

Red barn near the entrance of the Agricultural School in Walpole, Mass.

Red barn near the entrance of the Agricultural School.

Livestock barn at the Aggie School in Walpole, Mass.

Livestock barn at the Aggie School.

New barn at the Aggie School in Walpole, Mass.

New barn at the Aggie School.

After seeing these Aggie School pictures, it might come to no surprise to you that many locals regard this location as the nicest, most scenic place to take a stroll in Walpole.

Fall leaves at the Aggie School in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Fall leaves at the Aggie School.

Pond, field, barn at the Aggie School in Walpole, Mass.

Pond, field, barn at the Aggie School.

Conclusion

Town green and South Walpole United Methodist Church in Walpole, Mass.

Town green and South Walpole United Methodist Church.

There is beauty in every town and city. This post simply illustrates Walpole as an example of that theory. Let’s remember many Boston suburbs comprised vast farmland in contemporary history. A big change occurred during post-World War II when suburbia took on significant residential and commercial development. We can, see, however, the template of rural elements here and there and in some towns with significant preservation of that precious land. Walpole is one of those towns, having protected approximately 2,000 acres of land under conservation.

Farmland on North Street in Walpole, Mass.

Farmland on North Street.

While a town like Walpole continues to experience residential development, the earmarks of a town with many open spaces, as well as several scenic ponds, remains as a community revelation.

Ice skating at Turner Pond in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Ice skating at Turner Pond in Walpole.

We know not what the future brings so enjoy and embrace those scenic lands and traditional American scenes right now in your own community!

More Walpole stuff
Where to eat in Walpole…
Jimmy’s Pizzeria
Rico’s Pizzeria
CRISP
Tessie’s Place
The Raven’s Nest
Napper Tandy’s

Walpole Photo Prints for Sale
Bird Park foliage print
Downtown Walpole Christmas scene print
Fall meets winter on North Street print
Fall foliage at Epiphany Parish gazebo print
Winter on Common Street print

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