Championship Trail

The hidden forest where football meets nature

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an of football? Shopping? How about nature? Now you can get them all in the same place, in an unlikely nature preserve and working cranberry bog at Patriot Place, the shopping complex at Gillette Stadium. The Nature Trail and Cranberry Bog at Patriot Place includes a half-mile hiking trail, 32-acre bog, bridge and observation platform, even a place to take a picnic of the non-tailgate variety. So, okay, it’s the last of many onetime cranberry bogs that once operated in town, but at least there’s wildlife and vegetation that will transport you far from the parking lots and box stores around the stadium. Carriero

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During the construction of Gillette Stadium, a 2,000-foot stretch of the Neponset River that had been covered over in the 1940s was reopened.

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