Passive recreation generally encompasses the less intensive range of outdoor activities compatible with preserving natural resource functions such as wildlife habitat and floodplain protection. The Conservation Commission, with the assistance of volunteer Conservation Land Stewards and Trails Committee members, maintains the Town's conservation areas and their associated trail systems for low-impact activities, including hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, birdwatching, and picnicking on a carry-in, carry-out basis. Certain conservation areas or other Town lands provide unique opportunities, such as the community gardens at George Jordan Conservation Area and the Job Lane House, picnicking, fishing and boating at Fawn Lake, and canoeing or kayaking on the Shawsheen and Concord Rivers. Any of the trails or open fields in the conservation areas are available for cross-country skiing, and the Commission would welcome assistance in grooming the trails for winter activities.
The conservation areas are open from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. In order to protect the natural resource values and to ensure an enjoyable experience for all, hunting, trapping, motorized vehicles, removing plants or wildlife, and cutting firewood are prohibited in Bedford's conservation areas.
Residents of Bedford have consistently expressed their interest in opportunities for both passive and active recreational opportunities. Explore the Recreation Department for information on Bedford's extensive active recreation programs at various facilities, including Springs Brook Park.