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We #hikethehilltowns and cover Westfield to the New York State Border. Once a month we host a publicly advertised "Group Hike" to a Hilltown destination that has good parking and a trail that is easy to moderate, with an available map, in general good for just about all levels. These are planned months in advance. Usually there will be a special guest or a theme/cause involving a trail creator, history of the place, etc. There are usually 30 to 50 hikers at the "group hikes".

"Flash hikes" are above and beyond our regular once monthly group hikes. Group is typically up to 12 hikers. Short notice hikes in the Western Mass Hilltowns for experienced hikers, new places, adventures, historic hunts, mountains, old roads. GAIA gps app highly recommended. This is for adult hikers who have the gear, packs, poles, adventures in the hilltowns are anything goes including unusual weather, lots of rocks and elevation. Flash hikes are held usually on Fridays, Holidays. Saturdays and Sundays and are short notice. Destinations include remote trail heads, mapless trails, historic hikes, scouting trips.

Dogs are always welcome at all of our hikes. We only ask that hikers are responsible for their dogs. No poop on trails, use a leash when needed.

We hike year round. Rain and snow. We never cancel unless its some catastrophe.

We do boundary stone hikes, General Knox Trail hikes, old railroad hikes, Indian Footpath hikes...you name it we hike there.

For info and questions email Westernmasshilltownhikers@aol.com. www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com Our hikes are usually 2 to 4 hours. Water and Maps provided.

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Upcoming events (1)

Group Hike to the Dexter Lyman Homestead in Huntington

Army Corps of Engineers Road

Registration opens 04-14 at 10 am.
#hikethehilltowns
Saturday April 24th at 10:00 am
GPS Location:[masked] [masked] Parking Hike Rating: Moderate 2.5 miles in and back

Join us at Knightville Reservoir 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!

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.

Register on https://westernmasshilltownhikers.ticketleap.com hike is free, donations are appreciated!
Tees, hoodies and hats will be for sale at the hike, the complete free catalog of printed hiking maps will be there too.
#westernmasshilltownhikers. Events, maps and photos located at www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com For more hike information email [masked] or call/text[masked]. You must register for this event. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter. #westernmasshilltownhikers. Events, maps and photos located at www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com
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