HIKE TO PROFILE ROCK

Freetown-Fall River State Forest is a huge, 5,500 acre track of land that was acquired by the state in the 1930's. It has a large picnic area, splash pool and public bathrooms by the parking lot and then offers trails going for miles in many different directions.


Many of the trails are really old wagon roads and are wide and easy. Other side trails are much smaller and more difficult with rocks, ruts and vast amounts of thorns and vicious plants guarding the small paths. 


One of the special features of the park is Profile Rock, sometimes called the Old Man of Joshua's Mountain. The is a cool looking rock that projects off a fifty foot outcropping. It sort of looks like a man's strong profile and is said by the local Wamponoag Tribe to be the profile of the great sachem Massasoit. 



Lots of ghost stories have been passed down during the decades and the image of a Wamponoag in full battle gear dancing on the top of the rock, ready to take his revenge on the atrocities and injustices that have been heaped upon his people, has been reported by many people. Lots of other strange noises, images and apparitions have also been claimed to be seen.  

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  • Don

    I just checked my Spark Activity Tracker and it shows that I took 14,488 steps; 6.3 miles and burned 1,288 calories. While those totals were for the entire day yesterday, I would say only 2.5 or so of those miles were done prior to or after our hike.

    April 20, 2014

    • June K.

      I wore a pedometer and logged in 14,275 steps just on the hike. Thanks for the calorie conversion...Now I can eat more dessert today!

      1 · April 20, 2014

  • Deborah (a.k.a. K.

    Despite the water hazards and ice cream bets, we all had a wonderful hike and made it back safely. Looking forward to hiking this area again.

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Deborah (a.k.a. K.

    Thanks for taking the time for our jump start this afternoon Cheri.

    April 19, 2014

  • June K.

    This was my second hike with "The League" and I am very impressed with Deb and the other members. Deb provides great directions, is always there early and is visible when you arrive. The group is composed of delightful people who are very helpful and friendly.

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Don

    It was good to meet everyone. TY to Deborah for organizing the hike. Had a good time. Look forward to doing this again. Word of caution to everyone that attended. Check yourself for ticks. I normally go right home and put my clothes in the washer, take a shower and then put clothes in the dryer. Ticks have been known to survive the wash. Medium or high heat for an hour usually eliminates the problem. I did not go right home this time, a mistake, went to the office and as I was typing away I felt a tick crawling up my neck. A quick search of my clothing revealed 3 more ticks. It will be a short afternoon of work.

    April 19, 2014

    • Deborah (a.k.a. K.

      I checked and did not have a one, maybe I just don't taste good!

      1 · April 19, 2014

    • June K.

      Don, It doesn't seem fair for you to end up with ticks since you shared your spray....Thanks for the reminder about checking for ticks and all your hiking knowledge that made today's hike so great!

      1 · April 19, 2014

  • Don

    Thank you Deborah for the quick admission and response. Hope to see you and others tomorrow a.m.

    April 18, 2014

  • Deborah (a.k.a. K.

    www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/tr­ails/freetown.pdf

    Use the link above to see a trail map. We will meet at the parking area that intersects Slab Bridge Rd and Payne Rd, near the fire barn. I will be there at 10:45 am. Weather is predicted to be just ducky.

    April 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Trail map:
    www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/freetown.pdf
    Just in case.

    April 14, 2014

  • Lisa E.

    I suggest seeing the documentary called the "Bridgewater Triangle" lot's of info about this area

    April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone car pooling?

    April 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be coming from Taunton.

      April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is a few hours 3 or 6?

    April 9, 2014

    • Deborah (a.k.a. K.

      around 2? I have not done this hike yet, but looking at the trail map, I am thinking 2

      1 · April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cool! I'd love to see a woodland ghost! Tell me please, how long would the hike be, and what's the level of difficulty?

    April 9, 2014

    • Deborah (a.k.a. K.

      a few hours, moderate difficulty, I have never done this one, just read the description.

      April 9, 2014

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