The Farmington River Walk, behind the St. Mary of the Lakes Church in Otis. I took Angie here early evening. This short, very short, trail is a journey that just about everyone, from youngster to oldster, mountaineer to couch potato, can manage it. In fact the entire walk will probably take no more than five minutes. The Farmington River Walk begins behind the parking lot of Saint Mary of the Lakes Church directly opposite the western intersection of Routes 23 and 8 in Otis. There are a bench and a nice big sign at the start of the trail, which is bountifully blazed with blue markers. Turn left and walk through a pleasant woodland with pines and hardwoods overhead. A few steps down the path brings you to a small stream that leads to an overlook at the confluence of the brook and the west branch of the Farmington River. The path follows the river as it flows beside a pine grove, then abruptly crosses into a grassy field. In the field is a concrete bench that faces the river as it pools behind the remains of an old stone dam. From the bench backtrack to the pines and turn left, walking toward the church and beneath the softly stirring branches. Soon you are back at the parking lot.-waterways of Western Mass.

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