Sunday, September 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
HIKE THE FIRST SECTION OF THE PROPOSED “HIGHLANDS FOOTPATH” & LEARN OF THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS (CCC) IN OCTOBER MT. STATE FOREST
Join us for a hike on the proposed new-trail partnership between the “Highlands Footpath” & “The High Road” (an initiative of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council). Hike leaders, Highlands Footpath volunteer Meredyth Babcock, Mariah Auman from BNRC, and Alec Gillman from the Mass Dept. of Conservation & Recreation, will take you for a hiking sampler of the start of the newly proposed 40-mile “Highlands Footpath”, on the scenic Gorge Trail uphill to Felton Pond, to an overlook to take in the view of the scenic valley below. We will discover forgotten rustic features built by the CCC some 80 years ago and hear stories about October Mountain State Forest.
The CCC, a “New Deal program” during the 1930s Great Depression, improved public parks and forests nationwide. The program inspired a recreational heritage that we still enjoy today and one that we are expanding on through the development of this new long distance footpath from Lee, through Becket, Chester, Worthington, Chesterfield and Cummington to the DAR State Forest in Goshen. Learn about the Highlands Footpath–a joint effort of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, The Trustees of Reservations, The Nature Conservancy and Westfield Wild & Scenic River Committee, and local trail groups. A moderate, uphill hike with a 700′ elevation gain. Wear sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing for weather, bring lunch and drink. 4 hours – 3 miles
From the sharp corner on Rt 7, at Mobil station and railroad tracks, in Lee, take Center St. east and shortly bear left on Columbia St. and continue until the junction of Bradley St. and Greylock St. Take left onto Bradley St. and soon cross Mill St. Stay on Bradley St. which soon changes name to Woodland Road and continue until reaching the junction of 286 Woodland Road and Valley St., next to Woods Pond. Meet here, where a shuttle van is available to the trail head. GPS 42.347414, -73.239887 GOOGLE MAP