In 2015 we were Liz Massa, Karen McTaggart and Rachel Lewis. Three Hilltown ladies who hiked, discovered and explored the Western Massachusetts region known as The Hilltowns which consists of 22 small towns with hundreds of thousands of acres for outdoor recreation. We went out year round hiking and sometimes bushwacking public conservation lands, enjoying the natural beauty of the area.
Friends and family started joining us on these adventures, and then friends of friends, our photos and maps were posted on social media, the local newspapers started publishing our photos….so we went public.
We wanted everyone to be able to see and participate in our hikes, whether it was on a trail or from home on the internet.
We incorporated as a non-profit in 2019 and purchased 10 acres of 61B recreational land open to the public in Chester abutting DCR and Hilltown Land Trust property which includes the Chester Blandford State Forest, Round Top Hill (highest point in Hampden County) and sections of the Unkamit’s Path and Highlands Footpath.
We now partner activities with the DCR, The Trustees, Hilltown Land Trust, Appalachian Mountain Club, Friends of the Keystone Arches, Berkshire Natural Resources, Westfield Wild and Scenic and more. We helped form the Hilltown Outdoor Stewardship Alliance HOSA to collaborate with other outdoor organizations to volunteer trail work and protect our natural resources.
I am Liz, Director of Parks and Trails for the Town of Chester and the Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway. Sharing the natural beauty of our Hilltowns with all of you is what I enjoy most!
Commissioner Roy of the DCR at Sanderson Brook Falls 2017 visit to Chester
Trail Maintenance at the Keystone Arch Bridges Trail with Dave Pierce
Warner Hill in Washington on the Appalachian Trail
🐾🌲Hows your Saturday look? Iam planning a peaked mountain flash hike in Monson this Saturday November 23rd at 11am start time at Butler Road trailhead.🐾🌲 #westernmasshilltownhikers #hikethehilltowns
🐕🍁🍂we had a great hike today on this sunny Saturday in Blandford! Thank you all for taking part in another #westernmasshilltownhikers event, so glad to see so many hikers from all over: Palmer, Ludlow, Chicopee, Westhampton. Southwick and CT, Appalachian Mountain Club, to name a few #hikethehilltowns. Special thanks goes to the Blandford Conservation Commission for this trail!🍂🍁🐕
Hike leaders Michele, Karen and Liz
🌲🌳#westernmasshilltownhikers join us this Saturday November 16th at 10am to #hikethehilltowns at the Knittel Conservation Area in Blandford on Herrick Road🌳🌲pictures from today http://www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com
🌿🚶♀️Last fall Bill reached out to me to get some Hilltown trail info, we took him up Round Top Hill and introduced him to the Unkamit’s Path and Highlands Footpath. He’s done with the book and looking for you all to give him some trail reviews!! For more info email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s #hikethehilltowns!🌿🚶♂️ #westernmasshilltownhikers
Come hike with our partner organization AMC at Nobleview
Ranked on of the best fall foliage hikes in Western Mass
🍁🌿Fabulous Hike today at the Retreat, lunch by the fire catered by Chef John Slattery, catch him on Mass Appeal..warm chicken soup, mac n cheese and warm cookies. Hiking with a touch of class. I am overwhelmed. Thank you all for coming, this one will be remembered for awhile! #westernmasshilltownhikers #hikethehilltowns 🌿🍁pictures courtesy of Karen Sykes, WM Hilltown Hikers leader and co founder.