Keystone Arch Bridges Trail Group Hike October 17th 10:00 am
GPS Location: 42.312190 -72.992314 Trailhead Hike Rating: Moderate 5 miles total in and back
Join us for the 7th annual group hike of the historic Keystone Arch Bridge Trail in Chester.
“NOTE: Due to Current Massachusetts COVID-19 mandates: registration, signing a COVID-19 waiver, mandatory masks and whatever other mandates are ordered by Governor Baker will be required to participate in this event. The number of participants may be restricted. Please check back on this event for any and all updates”
The hike will be narrated by Dave Pierce of the Friends of the Keystone Arches.
Enjoy Dave’s incredible narration as he tells of the history of the Arch’s creation, the first cluster of stone arch RR bridges built in America, located on the West Branch of the Westfield River. We will take you up close to all the stone bridges on the trail. Plan for three and a half hours for the narrated hike, spend the entire day exploring if you like! The Chester Railway Station Museum will be open after the hike located at 10 Prospect Street, Chester. Although the trail is easily traveled and well-marked, be prepared for mud, bridges, roots and rocks. More info visit
Park at Chester Elementary School, 325 Middlefield Road, Chester, MA 01011. there is very limited parking at the trailhead. Please observe the no parking signs on the Road.
We will be shuttling hikers from the school lot to the trail head (approx. 1 mile), please arrive early! Shuttle will start at 9 am and will be available all day. “NOTE: Shuttle availability is subject to change due to COVID-19 Massachusetts mandates.”
Hike will start at the trailhead at 10 am.
More hike details are on Facebook and our website.
Maps and bottled water will be provided. Please be aware that there are no facilities at the trail. Dogs are welcome! No registration required, hike is free, donations are welcome!
Hilltown Hikers is a member of the Hilltown Outdoor Stewardship Alliance Learn more at
For more hike information email or call/text 413-302-0312. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Meetup, YouTube and Twitter. #westernmasshilltownhikers. Events, maps and photos located at
Please keep our beautiful places clean and carry in and carry out.
Liability Waiver: As a condition of your
voluntary participation in this activity, you
acknowledge and agree to the following: this
activity involves inherent risks that can cause
property damage, injury, illness, disability,
and/or death to participants and/or others;
you assume all risk associated with this
activity; you are responsible for having the
necessary knowledge, skills, abilities,
clothing, and equipment to safely participate
in this activity; you know and will follow the
Hiker Responsibility Code described at;.the leader(s) of this
activity are volunteers; and you for yourself,
your heirs, executors, and administrators
release, hold harmless, and indemnify the
leader(s) and all members of this group from
any and all claims for property damage,
injury, illness, disability, and/or death –
including those caused by negligence and/or
other reasons.