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Upcoming Wachusett Greenways Events

Come and enjoy what Wachusett Greenways has to offer. Events are free and open to all.

To suggest an event — better yet, to lead one — please contact Christy at

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Snowshoe/Hike/Ski to Poutwater Pond

Location: Contact us for meetup location
Date: 02/23/2019 Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

This 3-mile round-trip hike will ascend 300 feet in elevation through the North Sterling Woods, traversing Sterling Land Trust and MA. Fish and Wildlife forest and DCR open fields. Come along and enjoy this isolated pond that few venture to in winter. Snowshoes are available for loan.

Contact Mike to sign up, reserve snowshoes, and get details on where to park at 508-835-2959 or


Past Events

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DCR First Day Hike at Wachusett Reservoir

Location: Sterling
Date: 01/01/2019 Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Department of Conservation and Recreation invites you to join all 50 states on January 1, 2019 for a First Day Hike!

Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike at Wachusett Reservoir as we walk along the shores and trails of the Reservoir and learn the history behind the water supply that provides clean drinking water to over 2.5 million people.

Attendees please meet at Gate 35 at the intersection of Route 110 and Chace Hill Rd in Sterling. The hike starts at 10 a.m. and is approximately 3 miles, about 90 minutes long. Be prepared for cold weather: dress in layers and wear winter boots. If conditions permit bring snowshoes and hiking poles. Dogs are not permitted on Watershed property.

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Hike/Ski the MIDSTATE Trail in Rutland State Park and Barre Falls Dam

Location: Meet at the Mass Central Rail Trail Parking lot on Rt 122 in Rutland where the Midstate Trail intersects.
Date: 12/08/2018 Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sat, Dec 8th at 9 AM. We will hike over narrow trails from Rutland toward Barre if the ground is clear. We will turn back when everyone is 1/2 way tired. If there is 12″ plus of snow, we will cross-country ski along the rail trail and old cart roads where the terrain is milder and skiing is possible. We plan to return by 1PM, so lunch should not be necessary, but feel free to bring a snack. We will have our well-behaved dog, who will stay to our right skiing or hiking! Meet at the Mass Central Rail Trail Parking lot on Rt 122 in Rutland where the Midstate Trail intersects. Please contact Lori and Larry Altobelli at to sign up.

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Walk off the Bird at Trout Brook Reservation in Holden

Location: Contact us for meeting location
Date: 11/24/2018 Time: All Day

Saturday morning, November 24. Burn off those tryptophan-induced extra calories with Wachusett Greenways on this 5-mile loop over the White Oak, Bob Elms, and Red trails at Trout Brook. If there is snow or ice, bring micro spikes or snowshoes, and we will adjust the route depending on snow depth. Contact Mike Peckar at or 508-835-2959 for the exact time and meeting location.

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Trail Clearing on the Mass Central Rail Trail in Rutland

Location: Contact us for meeting location
Date: 11/14/2018 Time: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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We’ll cut brush and clear shoulders on the Mass Central Rail trail. Bancroft students will also be volunteering. Contact Colleen Abrams or 508-829-3954 to sign up.

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Special Event! Please join us – Greater Worcester Land Trust recognizes Colleen Abrams & Wachusett Greenways

Location: RSVP to
Date: 11/09/2018 Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

On Friday November 9th from 5:30 to 7pm, Greater Worcester Land Trust will recognize Colleen S. Abrams and Wachusett Greenways with the Silver Star Award. The special event will be held at the Rooftop room at Mass College of Pharmacy Rooftop Room. $25.00 donation – please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

Help us recognize a groundbreaking environmental leader and organization! Greater Worcester Land Trust recognizes Colleen Abrams & Wachusett Greenways at a special event. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

The Silver Star Award was created in 2015 in honor of Evelyn B. Silver, co-founder and longtime board member of Greater Worcester Land Trust.

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Asnebumskit Hill Hike

Location: Contact us for meeting location
Date: 11/07/2018 Time: 10:00 am

Wednesday, November 7, 10 am. Cool temperatures, most of the leaves down. Wachusett Greenways leads a power walk up the ridge to see sights, continuing to Thoreau’s seat and a view looking north over a quaint New England town. Bring a snack, and tick repellent. Contact Christy, 508-688-7540,

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Lost villages of the Quabbin Reservoir – Petersham

Location: Meet at Gate 40 - see event details for directions
Date: 11/03/2018 Time: 10:00 am

Saturday, November 3, 10 am. Enjoy the fall foliage with Wachusett Greenways as we explore one of Quabbin Reservoir’s lost towns and visit the crash site of a Korean War era US Navy fighter jet on this relatively flat 7 mile hike. The hike is almost entirely on paved or formally paved reservoir access roads. Participants may travel by bicycle if they find 7 miles to be a bit too challenging. Bob Lock will lead this educational tour. Bring snack or lunch, water, comfortable shoes and tick repellent. Contact Christy to RSVP – 508-688-7540,

Directions: From Worcester take route 122 to Barre town center. Continue on route 122 for another 4.3 miles. Take a left on Old Dana Road. Continue to the end of Old Dana Road. Take a Right on Rt. 32A. Travel 1 1/4 miles. Gate 40 will be on your left at a break in the guardrail. Take a Left and park to the side of the short access road to the gate.

Hike and History of the Coldbrook area

Location: Contact us for meeting location
Date: 10/21/2018 Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sunday, October 21, 1pm. Wachusett Greenways walk from the intersection of Route 122 and Coldbrook Road, Oakham for a three mile hike, with 250 feet of elevation change. At the end of the hike, we will visit the site of the former Coldbrook House known as the “watering place for invalids”. The Commonwealth purchased the hotel in 1930, and removed it along with other buildings in the area to protect the Ware watershed. The cisterns which contained the “healing” waters of the spring are still visible. Contact Rich to sign up, 508-753-3290.

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Trail Clearing on the MCRT – Rutland

Location: Contact us for meeting location
Date: 10/13/2018 Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us to remove more dead trees and mow trail shoulders. Contact Colleen Abrams at or 508-479-2123 to sign up.

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West Boylston Town Wide Cleanup Day

Location: River St. West Boylston
Date: 10/13/2018 Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wachusett Greenways volunteers will participate in the West Boylston Town Wide Cleanup Day – we will pick up the River St., West Boylston area along with the Mass Central Rail Trail entrance and parking area. The town of West Boylston will supply T-shirts, trash bags, safety gloves and pick sticks. At 11 a.m., after clean up, all volunteers are invited to the West Boylston Town Hall for refreshments. Wachusett Greenways will have a hospitality table at the town hall. Sign up with Steve Chanis, 508-494-9179 or