Dexter Lyman Homestead in Huntington Group Hike

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Western Mass Hilltown Hikers Group Hike

Group Hike to the Dexter Lyman Homestead in Huntington
Saturday April 24th at 10:00 am
GPS Location:  42.291283  -72.859203 Parking      Hike Rating: Moderate     2.5 miles in and back

Join us at Knightville Reservior to hike back in time to when Knightville Village flourished along the East Branch of the Westfield River, at least 100 years before the dam and floodplain was built.  The Town of Huntington is rich with early settler history, Cullen Road was a main thoroughfare for villagers to travel from old Norwich across the bridge to Huntington Center.  We will visit the Dexter Lyman homestead site which is exceptionally preserved complete with a silo, watering trough, well and much more.  This farmstead burned to the ground in 1927.  We will traverse through the wooded upper flood plain on the Claude M. Hill Trail, and then climb up higher on an old road.  Stone walls that were built for grazing animals are everywhere.

Park and meet behind the Ranger Station at the top of the hill at the Knightville Dam main entrance (Route 112).  The trail starts here. Trail is not blazed.   Plan for three hours hike time. We will hike in to the Farmstead to explore and loop back . Be prepared for water, rocks and mud on the trail and inclines(walking uphill).  Maps and bottle water will be provided.  Please be aware that there are no facilities at the trail. More details are on Facebook and the website. Friendly dogs are welcome!

Register on https://westernmasshilltownhikers.ticketleap.com hike is free, donations are appreciated!   Please keep our beautiful places clean and carry in and carry out.

Tees, hoodies and hats will be for sale at the hike, the complete free catalog of printed hiking maps will be there too.

For more hike information email  westernmasshilltownhikers@aol.com or call/text 413-302-0312.   Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter.  #westernmasshilltownhikers.  Events, maps and photos located at www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com
Please keep our beautiful places clean and carry in and carry out.

We head up the trail at 10:00 am sharp! We hike rain or shine. See you all there!  Liz

You must register for this event using ticket leap, you will receive a confirmation number. This event as of today is limited to 25 people.

“NOTE: Due to Current Massachusetts COVID-19 mandates: registration, signing a COVID-19 waiver, masks if you cannot social distance 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 REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT ONLY IF YOU INTEND TO ATTEND this will be a small group of 25.  THERE IS NO WAITING LIST.