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.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Happy National Trails Day!

There are SIX hikes available this morning: 

Hike 1 - Douglas 1st Baptist Church, Sutton to Rte. 16, Douglas State Park
Start Time: 10:00 AM
Start Location: Route 16 trail crossing in Douglas [Near 200 Webster Street, GPS 42.056044 - 71.786750].
Directions to Start: Take Rte. 395 to exit 2. Go east on Rte. 16 for 4.3 miles to state trail parking lot on right(alternate parking on opposite side of Rt. 16 across from lot). From Rte.146 and East Douglas, take Rte. 16 west. Lot is on left, .9 miles past entrance to Wallum Lake/Douglas State Forest (Cedar St). Leave some cars there and shuttle to parking lot by church on Central Turnpike in West Sutton.
Hike Length: 6.2 miles.
Leader: Ken Baldyga; 508-757-5812

Hike 2 - Intersection of I Capen and East Charlton Roads to Sibley Farm Conservation Area by Worcester Chapter AMC
Start Time: 12:15 PM
Start Location: Meet at Sibley Farm on Greenville St., Spencer
Shuttle Hikers to starting point. Hike back to Sibley Farm (about 3 miles). 
Hike Length: about 3 miles
Leader: Don Cunningham; e-mail:

Hike 3 - Moose Hill Dam to Sibley Farm Conservation Area
Start time: 11:00 AM
Start Location: Sibley Farm on Greenville St., Spencer
Shuttle hikers to Moose hill Dam parking area on Donnelly Cross Rd., Leicester. Hike back to Sibley Farm
Hike length: about 3.9 miles
Leader: Sandra Snow; 508-885-7787 e-mail:

Hike 4 - Barre Falls Dam to Route 122 Rutland
Follow the Mid-State Trail over Harding Hill, past Blood Swamp, and end back at the Route 122 trail head in Rutland.
Start Time: 9:30 AM
Start Location: MST/Rail Trail parking lot on the right, one mile north of the Rutland State Park Long Pond boat ramp on Rte 122 in Rutland. We will shuttle hikers to the first parking lot on the left after entering the Barre Falls Dam grounds on Rte. 62 in Barre.
Length: approximately 6 miles
Leader: Jeff Keay; 508-353-1174 e-mail:

Hike 5 - Princeton/Crow Hill
Start Time: 10:30 AM
Start Location: Redemption Rock on Route 140 in Princeton, just south of the Westminster town line (MapQuest, near: 271 Redemption Rock Trail North) We will shuttle to trail head and walk south, over Crow Hill Ledges and back to Redemption Rock, walk over ledge outcrops, stream crossing, stone walls and ridge-tops with views.
Leader: Marie Auger; 978-874-5629 e-mail:

Hike 6 - Ashburnham State Forest
Join Ashburnham Conservation Trust and North County Land Trust as we hike through the Ashburnham State Forest on Mount Hunger to pick up the Midstate Trail. You will not want to miss the outstanding views of Mount Watatic and Stodge Meadow Pond. We will follow the Midstate Trail south and loop back to our starting point.
Start Time: 1:00 PM 
Start Location: Meet at the end of Kelton Road in Ashburnham
Directions to start: From the center of Ashburnham, head South on MA-12 toward Fitchburg for a 1/4 mile. Bear left onto River Styx Road. In just under 1/2 mile, take your first left onto Kelton Road. Continue up Kelton Road until you reach the end.
Length: 1-1.5 hours; beginner-moderate difficulty in some spots.
Leader: Desiree Hamelin, 978-424-7328, e-mail:

The festivities at Sibley Farm start at 2 with BBQ, music, yoga and more! Please join us!

Here at the Lodge at 9 am, it is 63.9 degrees and steady.
The humidity is 82% and steady.
The barometer is 29.74 inches of mercury and steady.
The current fire danger is MODERATE.
NWS Boston is forecasting the following: Scattered showers, mainly before 10am. Cloudy early, then gradual clearing, with a high near 71. North wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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