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.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Cool and Sunny Start & Nick's Woods Anniversary

It is a cool and sunny start to the day.
There is a nice breeze running through the forest.
The humidity is way way down.
It would be hard to ask for nicer weather.


Today is the Anniversary of the conservation of Nick's Woods (which is between Rt. 122A Grove Street and Brattle Street on the Worcester/Holden line.)
Nick's Woods (64.76 acres) is named after Nick Chase who donated a Conservation Restriction on most of the property, and later sold the whole property to be used for conservation.

The property has a brook that goes by four different names, depending on who you ask! We tend to use Sargent's Brook, as Emerson Brooks, a long time resident of the area, and former farmer in this part of Worcester, says that's what they called it when he was a kid. Good enough for us!
Along the banks of the brook is an old cart road, and this is the old road between Worcester and Holden from before Rte. 122A being carved out of the side of the hill.
This old cart road is fairly level and makes for a great walk or in snow a cross country skiing path.

For a map of the property click here:

Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters at 7:00 a.m. (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 61.7 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 73% and steady;
Pressure is 29.85" of Hg and steady;
Wind is stirring and peaked at 0.5 mph;
Skies are clear;
The Cascades Brook is dry;
The Cascades are not running;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is MODERATE.

National Weather Service Forecast:

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
West wind 7 to 9 mph.

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