Walks

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

THE SCHEDULE OF WALKS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
CHECK THIS PAGE FREQUENTLY AND BEFORE HEADING OUT TO A SITE.

IF IT'S RAINING, WALKS ARE CANCELED.


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COVID RULES
Beginning 9/24/2022: Please bring a mask. Be prepared to wear it if conditions warrant.
Rules will be updated as conditions change.

RECOMMENDED ANYTIME - Gunnery Sergeant Jeffrey S. Ames Accessible Nature Trail

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Fall, 2022


SATURDAY, 9/3; 8:00 a.m. - Bennett Meadow Wildlife Preserve - Heading west on Rt. 10 across the Connecticut River from Northfield, the entrance to Bennett Meadow is on the left after you cross the bridge. Results


TUESDAY, 9/6: 4:30 p.m.- Mill Brook RAINED OUT - Park behind the Dickinson Library, 115 Main Street, Northfield. Late comers may park at the elbow of Dickinson St. east of the library.


SATURDAY, 9/10; 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


TUESDAY, 9/13: 4:30 p.m. - Mill Brook RAINED OUT -- Park behind the Dickinson Library, 115 Main Street, Northfield. Late comers may park at the elbow of Dickinson St. east of the library.


SATURDAY, 9/17: 8:30 a.m. - Northfield Center Cemetery. From the main intersection in the middle of Northfield, turn west at the Unitarian Church onto Parker Avenue, head down the hill and park before crossing the RR tracks. Results



THE FOLLOWING SELF-GUIDED WALKS ARE RECOMMENDED THIS FALL



Hinsdale Setbacks - Hinsdale, NH. 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.


Blake Town Forest, Gill. From Northfield, drive West on Rt. 10 and turn left onto Turners Falls Road. Just before the now defunct Oak Ridge Golf Course, turn right onto Hoe Shop Road and drive 1/4 mile to the parking lot and kiosk on your right. From the West (Bernardston and Rt. I91) head East on Rt. 10 and turn right onto Merrifield Rd . Proceed until Merrifield Rd. comes to a T. Turn right and pretty quickly just before the Fall River bridge turn left onto Hoe Shop Rd. Follow Hoe Shop Rd. for 1/4 mile to the parking lot and kiosk on your left.



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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; 5/31 Results


Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.


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 Setbacks, Hinsdale NH. 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 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


June 4, 8:30 a.m. - (Rescheduled from May 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. Results


June 18, 8:30 a.m. - Blake Town Forest, Gill. From Northfield, drive West on Rt. 10 and turn left onto Turners Falls Road. Just before the now defunct Oak Ridge Golf Course, turn right onto Hoe Shop Road and drive 1/4 mile to the parking lot and kiosk on your right. From the West (Bernardston and Rt. I91) head East on Rt. 10 and turn right onto Merrifield Rd . Proceed until Merrifield Rd. comes to a T. Turn right and pretty quickly just before the Fall River bridge turn left onto Hoe Shop Rd. Follow Hoe Shop Rd. for 1/4 mile to the parking lot and kiosk on your left. Results



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Recent History and Results


Fall 2021


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