Walks

On a Saturday morning in May at the Blake Town Forest in Gill

SPRING 2022 WALKS RESUME APRIL 19


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COVID RULES - Rules are subject to updating as conditions change.
PARTICIPANTS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED OR WEAR A MASK.

IF IT'S RAINING, WALKS ARE CANCELED.

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Spring 2022


Every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. through May

Beginning April 19 and running through May, local Naturalist and Bird Club member David Brown will lead walks in the Mill Brook area of Northfield. Meet in the parking lot behind the Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main Street, Northfield. These are short walks and appropriate for all ages and skills.
4/19 Results; 4/26 Walk was rained out; 5/3 Results; 5/10 Results; 5/17 Results; 5/24 Results


Saturdays through June


April 23, 8:30 a.m. - The swamp between Pine Street and Glenwood Avenue, Northfield. Meet at 12 Glenwood Avenue . We will walk east from there 100 yards or so to reach the swamp. At some point we may walk a half mile north along Highland Avenue, turn right on Pine Street, and walk a very short distance to reach another section of the swamp where there is good birding. This walk is appropriate for all skill levels and ages. Parking is available at 12 Glenwood Avenue. Alternatively, park along Highland Avenue or at 60 Highland Avenue and walk south the short distance to Glenwood Avenue. Results


April 30, 8:30 a.m. - Satan's Kingdom: From Northfield, drive west on Route 10 over the Connecticut River about 1.3 miles. Turn right (North) on Route 142 (Mt. Hermon Station Road). Drive 1.1 miles and turn left on Old Vernon Road. Trail is 1.2 miles on Old Vernon Road. Look for the Mass Wildlife sign at a small dirt parking lot on the left. From the center of Bernardston, drive 3 miles on Rt. 10 East to the intersection with Rt. 142 north. Turn left and follow remaining directions to the site. Results


May 7, 8:30 a.m. - First Light: Meet at the picnic area. First Light's picnic area is on the Connecticut River. From downtown Northfield, drive 6.4 miles south on Millers Falls Road/ Rt. 63, then turn right at the "Riverview Picnic Area" sign across the road from the entrance to "Northfield Mountain." Results


May 14, 8:30 a.m. - Hinsdale. Corner of Rt 119 & Prospect Street Parking Lot. Just north of the High School on your left if approaching from the south, down the hill, left hand turn. Results


5/21, 8:30 a.m. - Alderbrook: this walk is wheelchair accessible. The trail is located at 839 Millers Falls Rd (Route 63), Northfield. The entrance is 1/8th of a mile north of South Mountain Road and just south of Homer Road on the east side of Route 63. Park in the area before the gate. Results


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST - 5/28 - Former prison camp, Warwick.


NEXT: 6/4 - (Rescheduled from 5/28) Former prison camp, Warwick. Directions from Northfield. Go to Warwick center. From the center drive southeast on Athol road for about one and a half miles. Turn left onto Richmond Rd. The remnants of the camp are about a mile and a half from that intersection and on the right. There is a white brick post and a paved parking lot.


UPCOMING SATURDAY WALKS

6/11 - Bennett Meadow, Northfield. Bennett Meadow is on the south side of Route 10 in Northfield just west of the river. Meet in the parking lot.

6/ 18 - The Blake Town Forest - Gill. From the East ( e.g. Northfield) Follow Rt 10 to Merrifield Rd (just before the Dollar General. Turn left onto Merrifield Rd till it comes to a T. Turn Right and pretty quickly just before the bridge of the Fall River turn Left onto Hoe Shop Rd - follow for 1/4 mile. On your left there is a parking lot and bulletin board. From the west follow Rt 10 to Merrifield, etc. From the south from Rt 2, Take West Gill Road to Hoe shop Rd. (just beyond the now defunct Oak Ridge Golf course. Go left onto Hoe Shop Rd, follow it a 1/4 Mile and parking lot is on the right.

6/25 - School St. - State Forest access (Kiwanis Picnic)

Check back for future Saturday walks as they are scheduled and details added.


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Recent History and Results


Fall 2021


September 4 (Saturday), 9:00 a.m. - Meet at the RR crossing on Parker Ave. across from the Center Cemetery.


September 11 (Saturday) - Jeffrey S. Ames Accessible Nature Trail (at Alderbrook Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary -- we will meet at the parking lot off Route 63). Results


September 18 (Saturday) - Bennett Meadow. Bennett Meadow is on the south side of Route 10 in Northfield just west of the Connecticut river. Meet in the parking lot.



Spring 2021


April 10 - Mill Brook area. Results


April 24 Pauchaug Meadow. Results


May 1 - Meet where River Road (Pine Meadow Rd) goes from pavement to dirt near King Phillip’s Rock south of the picnic area and about a half mile north of French King Bridge (Rt 2). Results


May 8 - Hinsdale - Corner of Rt 119 & Prospect Street Parking Lot. Just north of the High School on your left if approaching from the south, down the hill, left hand turn. Results


May 15 - The Blake Town Forest on Hoe Shop Rd., Gill, MA. Check Google maps or directions.

Directions: From the East ( e.g. Northfield) Follow Rt 10 to Merrifield Rd (just before the Dollar General. Turn left onto Merrifield Rd till it comes to a T. Turn Right and pretty quickly just before the bridge of the Fall River turn Left onto Hoe Shop Rd - follow for 1/4 mile. On your left there is a parking lot and bulletin board. From the west follow Rt 10 to Merrifield, etc. From the south from Rt 2, Take West Gill Road to Hoe shop Rd. (just beyond the now defunct Oak Ridge Golf course. Go left onto Hoe Shop Rd, follow it a 1/4 Mile and parking lot is on the right. Results


May 22 - Warwick State Park. Parking on Winchester Rd (Rt 78), Warwick. Meet at Ohlson Field, Mt. Grace State Forest. This is about a half a mile North northeast of the Center of Warwick on Winchester Road (Rt 78). Note - Democracy is alive and well in our club: six members convened here and then decided to move the walk a few miles east to the site of the former Warwick Prison Camp and Richards Reservoir. Results


May 29 - Campus of Thomas Aquinas College: Meet at the Gymnasium. Directions: From Main street turn right on Moody St. (second rd after Dr. Mike's garage). At the top of the hill where there is a stop sign turn left onto Winchester Road. You will see a large brick Auditorium on your left. Just after the Auditorium, turn left onto campus. Follow this road, staying to the right, to the Gymnasium. Nick plans to be at the Gym about 10 minutes of 8 and will direct you to parking. SORRY: RAINED OUT. Postponed to next week.


June 5 - 7:30 a.m. (note time change), Campus of Thomas Aquinas College: Meet at the Gymnasium. See directions for May 29. Results


June 12 - 7:30 a.m. Bennett Meadow, Northfield. Bennett Meadow is on the south side of Route 10 in Northfield just west of the river. Meet in the parking lot. Results

June 19 - 8:00 a.m. - First Light picnic area on the Connecticut River. From downtown Northfield, drive 6.4 miles south on Millers Falls Road/ Rt. 63, then turn right at the "Riverview Picnic Area" sign across the road from the entrance to "Northfield Mountain." Results

Note: This is a suggested list. Nick is open to changes (see email address below).