Cascading Waters can be found at 135 Olean Street on the eastern edge of Worcester's northwest parklands, the Cascades. The Cascades are 350 acres of park and conservation lands along the borders of Worcester, Paxton, and Holden, Massachusetts. Home to countless species of plants and animals, the Cascades are open to passive recreation year-round.

Friday, May 29, 2015

A Beautiful Morning

Yesterday's Front line moved through, the temperature change was notable, and the winds were again impressive. The skies went dark again. And once again, the result was more or less nothing.

It is sort of crazy how we can have the storm system melt right around us, as I watched the radar and suddenly an open hole in the storm front materialized so that we would see very little in precipitation.

Yes, it rained, for a little bit. Yes, the plants perked up a bit. Yes, that was nice. But it wasn't actually much rain, and under the forest the ground never got wet as the tree leaves took all the limited rain drops. The storm did pretty much nothing for us in addressing the drought.

That means another brilliantly sunny day for hiking.
The birds are chirping, the skies are clear, and the trails beckon.


Yesterday Ted was baking in Boiling Springs, PA, so he opted to chill out in the brook and night hike. Follow Ted at


Our Crack Baseline Crew will be out in force this morning at Donker Farm, taking pictures, sighting bound lines, making notes, and popping up the odd property sign where the need calls for it! Thanks to Jim, Jackie, and Tyler for the great work!  


Next Saturday, June 6th, take one of 6 morning hikes that span Massachusetts from North to South!

As Massachusetts is rolling terrain, these hikes are well suited for pretty much anyone up for a walk.

Hike descriptions here:

Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters at 7:30 a.m. (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 63.0 degrees F and rising;
Humidity is 79% and steady;
Pressure is 30.15" of Hg and steady;
Skies are clear;
The air is moving, but not registering a windspeed;
The Cascades are still at a trickle;
The Cascades Brook is at a trickle in both channels;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is MODERATE.

National Weather Service Forecast:

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.

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