Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mass Central Rail Trail - Holden, MA - January 28, 2017

The crew heads out
I saw that Hiking Joe was doing a hike along the Quinipoxet River, so I decided to join in.  There were 9 of us who hiked 5 miles of the Mass Central Rail Trail along the along the Quinapoxet River in Holden, MA.

The Mass Central Rail Trail follows the route to the old Massachusetts Center Railroad that connected Boston to Northampton.  We would be hiking a section in the Wachusett Greenway. We met at the parking lot for the Mass Central Trail on Manning Road (265 Manning Street, Jefferson (Holden), MA), and hiked up the street to Springdale Road. We the hiked down Springdale road past the remnants of the old Springdale Mill Village to access the rail trail.

The rail trail itself was wide and clear, but we broke off into the woods at several places to follow the river.  We were near 1000 feet in elevation and the 2-3 inches of snow made the walking extra crunchy.

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