Saturday, October 12th, 10 am – 12 pm
This is the biggest hiking event of the year! Enjoy Dave’s incredible narration as he tells of the history of the Arch’s creation. Dave Pierce, Chester Foundation President and Liz Massa, Director of Parks and Trails in Chester will lead hikers through three towns, Chester, Becket and Middlefield. We will hike the entire Keystone Arch Trail to the last bridge in Bancroft at the end of the trail. Located on the West Branch of the Westfield River, the first keystone arch railroad bridges were built in America. They range in height to 70 feet and made possible the longest and highest railroad in the world, the Western Railroad, in 1840.
Estimated hike time is 3 hours. The trail is 2.5 miles in and back totaling 5 miles. You can easily spend 5 hours on the trail exploring; make a day of it if you wish. We will be able to hike across side trails for vista views of most of the arches. Although the trail is easily traveled and well-marked, be prepared for mud.
Park at Chester Elementary School, 325 Middlefield Road and walk up to the trailhead. We will be shuttling hikers from the school lot to the trail head, please arrive early! Hike will start at the trailhead at 10 am. Learn more at http://www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com
Please keep our beautiful places clean: carry in and carry out.