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Lost Villages of the Quabbin Reservoir

Location: Route 32A, Gate 40

Date: 09/14/2019
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday, September 14, 10 AM. Enjoy the end of summer as we explore one of Quabbin Reservoir's lost towns and visit the crash site of a Korean War-era U.S. Air Force fighter jet on this relatively flat 7-mile hike. The hike is on paved or formerly paved reservoir access roads that can also be traveled by bicycle for those who find 7 miles to be a bit too challenging. Bob Locke will lead this educational tour. Bring snack or lunch, water, comfortable shoes, and tick repellent. Sign up with Rich Barry,, 508-735-3290. Directions: Take Route 122 to Barre town center. Continue on Route 122 for another 4.3 miles. Take a left on Old Dana Road and continue to the end. Turn right on Route 32A, and travel 1.2 miles. Gate 40 will be on your left at a break in the guard rail. Turn left and park to the…

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Historical Railroad Lecture and Hike

Location: Rutland Library

Date: 09/21/2019
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Saturday, September 21, 9 AM, 21 Miles Rd., Rutland, MA. Please join Wachusett Greenways and the Rutland Historical Society as we discuss and explore the history of Rutland's railroad (the Central Massachusetts Railroad). Begin with a talk at the Rutland Library (Tuesday, September 17, 10 AM). Then join us the following Saturday, September 21, at 9 AM. for a 2.5-mile (you can turn around at any point) walk along the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) in Rutland. The difficulty level of the walk is easy along the nearly flat railroad bed. We will visit historic sights along the way, including Muschopauge Station, Calkins Pond, and the sight of the 1932 train disaster. Historians from Rutland Historical Society will be available to help your imagination bring the past alive. We will also make some nature observations. Join us for one or both events! Wear comfortable sneakers or hiking boots. Water, a…

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Connecting the Wachusett community with trails and greenways

Wachusett Greenways’ mission is connecting the Wachusett-area community with trails and greenways. In 1995, this all-volunteer nonprofit group and our partners began to build and maintain trails. Wachusett Greenways’ key project is the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) in central Massachusetts. Members, volunteers, donors and many partners are central to our work. We have completed 19 miles of the planned 30 miles of the MCRT through the towns of Sterling, West Boylston, Holden, Rutland, Oakham and Barre. The first section of trail opened in 1997.

Wachusett Greenways members, volunteers and donors are working to complete the central 30 miles along with our partners including the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation and other Commonwealth agencies, eight towns, regional foundations and businesses. Other communities are working complete the entire 104 miles of the Mass Central Rail Trail between Northampton and Boston.

Learn more about Wachusett Greenways here!