snowshoe trail recommendations?

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    im looking for recommendations for trails in massachusetts suitable for a weekend winter trek.

    my son and i are novices on snowshoes and looking forward to doing more than just the usual winter camping.
    hoping to spend full day hiking, camping and a short hike out.

    is there an average of miles per day with snowshoes?
    any advise would be appreciated.

    have fun
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    There are a couple of shelters on the mid state trail, miles of trails. If you just want to snowshoe northfield mountain in northfeild mass
     
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    thanks buddy.
    been looking into mid state trail and found this page...
    http://www.midstatetrail.org/
    their maps dont locate the shelters. i may have to buy the guide book.
     
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    I know there is a shelter near Long Pond in Rutland MA, Long pond is a good lake for Ice fishing as well.
     
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    The Appalachian Mountain Club is a terrific resource for outdoor activities, especially in winter. They have stuff for all ages, and the winter hiking and snowshoeing program is a blast. The website is kind of a pain to use, but be patient and poke around it a bit. Lot of trips and instruction for all ages, and a good resource for info as well.
    http://www.outdoors.org/

    For your first trip, I'd plan to go no more than 2 or 3 miles from the car to set up camp; you can always go further after you get set up and then return to camp in the evening. That way if you are cold or something goes wrong you have a good bailout option. Average miles per day on snowshoes varies with the conditions, hard to predict really. Best to not try to kill yourselves the first time, generally snowshoeing is at least twice as much work as hiking, but also twice as much fun! Have a great time!
     
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    ive been thinking about camping at nihan in saugus and snowshoeing through breakheart reservation.
    its close to home, close to civilization and we know it well.
    could make for a good first time trip.
    only problem is, ive heard dcr is going to close nihan this winter trying to save money. i wonder what would be the risk of slipping in the back trail and squatting on gov'ment property.
     

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