Join the Friends for the BIG WALK 2018 – May 5, Saturday, 9 a.m.
Meet: Parking Lot of the Hampton Inn, Route 6 at Old Bedford Road (across from White's of Westport), Westport MA, at 9 a.m.
Length of this year's BIG WALK: 14 miles.
Cost: $5/hiker, $15/family Fee
The Friends usually send at least half a dozen hikers to this annual walk. Last year, several hardy hikers persisted despite heavy rain. Two years ago, we stayed together for the entire hike and were able to enjoy a post race drink at a charming pub near to the finish.
Detailed info from the organizers:
On Saturday, May 5th, join us to experience the vastness of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve at the 20th Annual BIG WALK. This year’s hike follows a 14-mile marked route starting at the Hampton Inn in Westport, Mass. and finishing at the 1873 Water Works building on the North Watuppa Pond in Fall River. (As I understood it, the plan was to walk around the entire North Watuppa Pond, shown in the lower left corner of the Bio Reserve Map.)
Get a detailed map of the BioReserve. (http://www.thetrustees.org/assets/documents/places-to-visit/trailmaps/Bioreserve_trail_map.pdf)
A shuttle van will return hikers to the parking area from the finish point or from several elected van stops along the way. BIG WALK begins at 9am.
We have done this walk for at least the last four years. It is always run very well and people have been able to get rides back every three or so miles.
What is the BioReserve?
In 2002 a unique public/private partnership was formed to permanently protect one of the largest tracts of unbroken forest in the Commonwealth. The City of Fall River, The Trustees of Reservations and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and Division of Fish and Game joined together to establish the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve. At over 14,000 acres, the Bioreserve stretches from Assonet Village in Freetown all the way to Hixville in Dartmouth, covering the entire eastern half of Fall River.
Protecting native biodiversity, historic sites and Fall River’s drinking water supply were major goals of the Bioreserve. However, public access for outdoor recreation is what draws most people to the Bioreserve today. Every year thousands of children, adults, and families are introduced to the Bioreserve through guided nature programs, hikes, bike rides, and volunteer projects that connect people to the wilderness right in their own backyard.
Join the Friends on the Big Walk to experience the immensity of the BioReserve- the thrill of victory followed by the agony of the feet.
The Big Walk costs $5 this year for an individual and $15 for a family. It is open to all ages including canine companions. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots and bring insect repellent, sunscreen, a water bottle and a bag lunch. Water refills and trail snacks will be provided along the way.