1.TROUT BROOK RESERVATION is 660 acres Holden conservation land with a system of trails for walking, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. Entrances on Manning Street, Mason Road and Sterling Road have parking. Ice skating on the pond near Manning Street is popular. A gathering area around the pond includes a lodge, picnic pavilions and open field which may be rented for public or private use. Guide map and bird list available. Also Trout Brook Nature Education Center resources available through the Holden Recreation Dept. (829-0263)..
2. WHITE OAK FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE. A new four mile trail loop connects with Trout Brook Reservation trails. Access from North Street at White Oak parking lot or Trout Brook trails for walking, cross-country skiing and mountain biking.
3. OLD MASS CENTRAL RR. ROUTE Sections of the old rail line will be developed as rail trail in Holden to join West Boylston and Rutland.
4. EAGLE LAKE offers a sandy beach on a fresh water lake. Activities at the lake include swimming, canoeing and year-round fishing. Picnicking, a children's play area and a short interpretive trail along one side of the lake is available. During summer admission is charged for swimming and is available to residents and non-residents.
5. MASS AUDUBON-EAGLE LAKE more than 100 acres of undeveloped conservation land abuts Eagle Lake
6. COUNTRY ROADS WALK along Causeway Street. See Rutland #6.
7. HOLDEN TOWN FOREST at Harris and Paul Streets. Conservation land open for hiking without trails.
8. RIVER STREET TRAILS (MDC) trails for walking, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. Map available from MDC. Parking along River Street.
9. CANADA MILLS old mill site located on Quinapoxet River with access for trout fishing. This site is also near the trail head for the Manning/River Streets Connector and the Mass Central Rail line.
10. MANNING/RIVER STREET CONNECTOR. Old cart road on MDC land for walking, cross-country skiing and mountain biking to connect Canada Mills area to Trout Brook Reservation. Park at Trout Brook Reservation, Manning St. entrance or Canada Mills at River and Harris St.
11. BICYCLING ROUTE 68. Recommend to follow Route 68 with six foot shoulders and moderate traffic. North to Rutland.
12. MILL/QUINAPOXET STREET TRAILS. MDC trails in the Mill Street area which follow some the Mass Central Rail bed and are available for walking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Map available from MDC. Park off Mill St. near the falls and old mill site.
13. TOUR DE MILL Seven mile bicycling route with optional three mile extension passing old mills in town. A historic guide is available for this tour developed by the Holden Historical Commission and Wachusett Greenways. Pick up guide at Holden Gale Free Library or Books-Go-Round.
14. DAWSON RECREATION CENTER At Salisbury Street offers a swimming pool, sports fields, basketball and tennis and a new children's playground. Summer recreation programs are offered for children. Residents and non-residents may access the pool for a fee.
15. CHAFFINS RECREATION AREA At Chaffins Pond on South Main St. is a non-profit community center with baseball and indoor basketball programs. Access to Chaffins Pond for fishing and canoeing.
16. BICYCLING ROUTE TO WORCESTER Recommend to follow Main Street through Holden, Shrewsbury Street and Holden Street to Worcester bike route at Indian Lake. From there the Worcester route leads to Union Station and on to the Blackstone Bikeway now in construction.
17. POUTWATER POND NATURE PRSERVE. This bog contains pitcher plant colonies and the northern most growing golden club. Adjacent conservation lands owned by MDC, Fisheries and Wildlife and Town of Holden. Access for walking, nature study and fishing from Sterling Road in Holden just before the Sterling town line on left.