Directions to Lynn Woods
There are two "official" parking areas at Lynn Woods, but there are also some other options as far as parking goes. Most of the alternative parking is in residential areas, so be sure to adhere to any "No Parking" signs and keep a low profile so as not to disturb anyone. You, your car, and your bouldering access will be safer if you stick to the official parking areas. Click the parking area name to see a Google map of the location.
The "Official" Parking Areas
Great Woods Road, Lynn, MA
This is the parking area that most Lynn Woods visitors consider to be the main parking lot. From here, you can realistically hike (or bike) to any part of the park, north or south of Walden Pond. Whenever possible, it is best to park in this lot or the Penny Brook Road lot (if headed to the South Side). Supposedly, the park gates close at sundown, so plan accordingly.
Penny Brook Road, Lynn, MA
The is the main parking lot for the south side of the park. Although this web site is currently focused on the north side of the park, there are some great boulders on the south side if you feel like exploring. Eventually, there will be a map and guide for the south side too. Some of these boulders are shown on the interactive Google Maps.
Secondary Parking Areas
Mary Ellen Drive, Lynn, MA
This is a great spot to park after work if you want to hit the Mount Spickett area and can't spend a lot of time hiking. Park on the street across from the water storage tank, away from the houses, and then bushwack through the artificial-looking thicket of conifers. The trail begins in a long-grass field on the other side of the conifers. You'll soon see the Boxcar Boulder on your left.
Ellen Road, Lynn, MA
To quickly access the Weetamoo area, there is a small amount of street parking on Ellen Road. However, this area is thickly settled and there are strict parking regulations due to the proximity to Union Hospital (it might not be a bad idea to acquaint yourself with the location of the hospital, just in case). An entrance into the park can be found at the end of Quinn Road.
Lynnbrook Road, Lynnfield, MA
This is a good place to park to reach the Kahlenberg Quarry or Bow Ridge bouldering areas. There is a weird houseless cul-de-sac here where you can park and then walk along a private drive to the trailhead. There are Lynnfield Conservation signs to direct you.
The Fat Cactus, Lynnfield, MA
PARK HERE AT YOUR OWN RISK. This restaurant used to be called The Naked Fish, but the name changed in 2009 and seems to change all the time now. This is a great parking lot for accessing the Bikini Bottom Boulders, and the Naked Fish owner didn't seem to mind bikers and climbers parking here as long as they parked as far away from the building as possible. The rumor is now that the new owner will tow any cars belonging to mountain bikers. If you choose to park here, you should stop in to the restaurant and either buy something or ask permission to park there. Also, if you go night bouldering, beware of the "Route 1 Bandit" who has broken into a lot of cars parked in this lot.
Lynnfield Conservation Land, Lynnfield, MA
PARK HERE AT YOUR OWN RISK. This area has signage that says it is public access to the Lynnfield conservation area that abuts Lynn Woods, but there have been issues here before Kelly Motors bought the adjacent land. Mountain bikers occassionally park here now so it seems that there are no longer access issues here, but beware of the "Route 1 Bandit" who has broken into a lot of cars parked along Route 1.
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