Exploring Heart Healthy Trails in Shirley

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in Shirley

          The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) continues leading its exploration of Heart Healthy Trails in our watershed. On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m., we’ll be walking two trails in Shirley. We will take a short, approximately 20-minute, guided walk at both sites: Taylor Field near Shirley Middle School and the Oxbow Esker Trail located within the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. Each of these walks is 1.5 miles or less, and is easy to moderate in activity level. This trail tour is free, open to all ages and all communities.

As part of its Healthy Heart Trails project, the NRWA is seeking to introduce people to trails in their own “greater backyard” that are accessible to everyone, even those with some physical limitations, including young children or elders. The goal of the project is to identify easy to moderately strenuous trails in six communities, to help people feel comfortable that they know the location of the trailhead and parking areas, and to motivate people to make walking on these trails part of a healthy exercise routine. The NRWA encourages everyone to get outdoors and connect with the natural world for their own well-being and that of the environment. The NRWA’s Healthy Heart Trails project is funded by a grant from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation.  

This trail tour will begin at Taylor Field near Shirley Middle School. Park along Elliot Street off of Hospital Road in Shirley. View Google map and directions.  We will drive to the other nearby trailhead, directions to additional that site will be provided at the first location.

Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated for planning purposes. To pre-register, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs and Outreach Director, at (978) 448-0299, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Additional Heart Healthy walks will be held each Tuesday evening in August; details will be posted in early August to your local paper and on this website.