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Group Hike at Park Knox Acres
February 26th @ 10 am
195-183 Round Hill Road Chester 01011
Hike Rating: Easy with some slopes, two loops and a spur

Join us for a family friendly easy hike at our very own conserved property in Chester!

A mixed hardwood and hemlock forest with two short loops.  A small brook runs through the center of the property with small cascading waterfalls.  Located on Round Top Hill, which is the highest peak in Hampden County, historic for its unique forest full of wildflowers, many varieties of birds and wildlife including moose, bear, deer, bobcat and turkey.  This is a unique conserved parcel which was for over 200 years a family horse farm, it was an original early settler small village complete with a schoolhouse. In the 1970’s it was a wildlife retreat with a simple cabin, completely off grid where folks gathered to bird watch, enjoy the starry night sky, ride horses and revel in the beauty of nature.  We will hike on easy trails, over bridges to the monolith Chester and Blandford boundary stone.

 The trail is easy, single file, well-marked and fun! This is a great trail for families and kids. There are several bridges, stone walls and a view of Round Top Hill.  There will be hot cocoa and cookies to warm us up. Take Blandford Road to Round Hill Road, please see the website for directions!  Register at https://westernmasshilltownhikers.ticketleap.com  hike is free, donations are appreciated!

***REGISTRATION IS PER CAR LOAD*** 1 ticket = as many as you can fit in your vehicle
hike is free, donations are appreciated!

Scan the QR Code with your phone to make a donation or
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Parking is at the trailhead 195-183 Round Hill Road, Chester 01011.  There is also parking in front of the Wright Memorial Cemetery, and along Park Knox Road.  There will be signs.  Take Blandford Road to Round Hill Road, do not take Round Hill Road from Route 20, it is closed in the winter.

Be prepared for ice, snow, water, rocks, roots and mud on the trail. We recommend spikes/crampons/walking sticks for winter hiking.  Maps and bottled water will be provided. More details are on Facebook and the website.  We hike rain or shine. Friendly dogs are welcome! Please Register (per carload) on https://westernmasshilltownhikers.ticketleap.com hike is free, donations are appreciated! For more information email:  westernmasshilltownhikers@aol.com.  Please visit our website for the most current information www.hilltownhikers.com and www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com

 Tees, hoodies, hats, window stickers, artwork, and puzzles will be for sale at the hike, the complete free catalog of printed hiking maps will be there too.  Events, maps, blog and photos located at www.hilltownhikers.com For more hike information email  westernmasshilltownhikers@aol.com or call/text 413-302-0312.   Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Meetup, YouTube, TikTok, Pinterest and Twitter.  search our hashtags #westernmasshilltownhikers and #hikethehilltowns 
Donate here:  paypal.me/hilltownhikers    Venmo:  @hilltownhikers
Please keep our beautiful places clean and carry in and carry out.

We head up the trail at 10:00 am sharp!  See you all there! 

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