Physical Health

Trails, Parks + Beaches

Acton is home to over 1700 acres of Conservation lands and Hiking Trails. See the interactive trail map. The Acton Conservation Lands website, sponsored by the Land Stewardship Committee of the Acton Conservation Commission, includes directions and information. Find out more under Environmental Awareness.

The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail is open to non-motorized uses such as cycling, jogging, walking, rollerblading, and skiing. This multi-use recreational trail runs through Lowell, Chelmsford, Westford, Carlisle, Acton, Concord, Sudbury, and Framingham following the 25-mile route of the old New Haven Railroad Framingham & Lowell line. Find parking information and trail maps here.

The Assabet River Rail Trail is a 6-mile multi-use recreational trail that passes through Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard and Acton. The Acton trail parking lots are on Maple and Sylvia Streets. See the bike map.

Nara Park, the Nathaniel Allen Recreation Area, at 25 Ledge Rock Way, Acton, is operated by the Town of Acton Recreation Department. The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset and staffed seasonally from Memorial Day weekend through late August. Find out about programs and concerts.

Nara Beach is open to both Acton residents and non-residents from Memorial Day weekend through late August. Beach-goers can drop in for a daily-use fee or purchase a beach membership pass. A lifeguard is on duty during hours of operation.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Opening

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Opening

Fitness Centers

Acton-Boxborough Community Education offers a wide variety of health, education, and fitness classes year round to children and adults including passes to the Acton-Boxborough Fitness Center at the A-B Regional High School. The center provides free weights, treadmills, elliptical machines, rowing machines, stair steppers, stationary bikes, and resistance equipment. To find out more, call AB Community Education at (978) 266-2525 M-Th 8am-4:30pm and Fri 8am-4pm. To use the Fitness Center, first you must complete an orientation training session with the fitness center supervisor. To find out more, visit

The Acton Council on Aging (COA) offers Exercises classes and a variety of activities and programs to engage both mind and body. These offerings are usually free for Acton seniors and most take place at the Senior Center. Some programs are open to out-of-towners. Contact COA for more information at (978) 929-6652. The Acton Council on Aging is located at the Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road, Rear in Acton.

Community Health Classes

The Recreation Department oversees many programs, concerts and special events, bus trips, and all field permits.  Concert tickets are available at the Acton Recreation Center, 50 Audubon Drive, 9am-3pm.  Beginning June 1, You can also purchase tickets at NARA Sports Plaza, 71 Quarry Road. For more information, send email to or call (978) 929-6640, ext. 0

Commission on Disabilities

Commission on Disabilities advocates for the rights and interests of Acton citizens with disabilities and their families, and acts as an educational resource. Information at, Acton Town Hall, 472 Main Street, Acton MA.

Cooking and Nutrition

Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) are a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. Massachusetts’ farmers offer CSA shares of vegetables, fruits, and various other agricultural products. Find a CSA farm that works for you!

The Acton-Boxborough Farmer's Market is a producer-only, farmers market, located at 19 Elm Street, Acton. Open on Sundays from 10am to 1pm, June through October, their focus is making fresh, whole, organically or sustainably grown foods available. 

AB Farmer's Market

Cooking Simple Indian Dishes

Healthy Cooking with Scouts

Ticks + Lyme Disease

Deer ticks in Massachusetts can carry the germs that cause lyme disease, babesiosis and human granulocytic anaplasmosis (also known as human granulocytic ehrlichiosis). Deer ticks are capable of spreading more than one type of germ in a single bite.


Mosquito-related Diseases & Repellants


Rabies is a very serious disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of mammals (if an animal has hair or fur, it is a mammal). Rabies spreads when an animal with rabies bites another animal or person. The rabies virus is in the saliva (spit) of infected animals. Infected animals can also spread rabies if their saliva gets into a scratch or other wound, or the eyes, nose or mouth of another person or animal. If your pet is bitten or scratched by another animal, call your veterinarian to help you determine if the animal needs medical attention.