Macdonald Park is a large open green space in Medford and Somerville that spans the Mystic River and is bordered by Routes 93, 28, and 16.
The park has landed on the annual “Best of Boston” list for “Best Urban Hike.”
“No need for hiking boots and day packs at this nexus of nature and urbanity,” wrote Boston Magazine. A stroll through Medford’s Torbert MacDonald State Park provides ample fodder for urban birders, with sightings of red-tail hawks common. And though the stresses of the daily grind are just a few steps away, the sweeping views of the Mystic River and winding walking paths will make them feel a world away.”
Torbert Macdonald State Park is named for a US Congressman who served for 21 years, according to information from the state Energy and Environmental Affairs website. It was built on a reclaimed dredge spoiled area after the construction of Route 93.