Noble View Outdoor Center in Russell on South Quarter Road is always good hiking. The Appalachian Mountain Club has made some great trail improvements here in the last year including signage, blazing and serious trail maintenance. The newest addition is the Blackburn Mountain Garden on the Border Trail with glorious views of the Pioneer Valley, property owners graciously have given hikers access to this zen place. Today’s hike: Border Trail from the first parking lot clockwise to Forish, Anne’s, Pitcher Brook Trail to Little Pitcher Falls, back on Border to the lot, 3.5 miles

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