A ceremony was held on June 1 at the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown to acknowledge the completion of the New England National Scenic Trail, which runs from the Long Island Sound to the New Hampshire Border. The American Hiking Association recognizes June 1 as National Trails Day®.
The New England National Scenic Trail is 220 miles long. According to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, the final 20 miles of the trail was rerouted to the west of the Quabbin Reservoir along a ridge to avoid the Quabbin watershed. The Quabbin Reservoir is the water supply to Boston. Former U.S. Representative John Olver was in attendance at the ceremony. He was credited for his efforts in making the trail a reality, according to the Telegram and Gazette.
Although the trail currently ends at the New Hampshire border, the Worcester newspaper reported that some hope to extend the New England National Scenic Trail through New Hampshire to the start of the Connecticut River. The Connecticut River starts at Fourth Connecticut Lake.
There are numerous hiking trails throughout the Pioneer Valley. The Mount Holyoke Range offers scenic views along its more than 30 miles of trails. At the western end of the Mount Holyoke Range is J.S. Skinner State Park. Mount Sugarloaf in Deerfield offers a shorter trail, but rewards you with a commanding view of the Connecticut River and the surrounding landscape. In Holyoke, there is Mount Tom State Reservation. It includes over 20 miles of hiking trails. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation states that Mount Tom is a popular spot for seeing hawks. There are also numerous other trails throughout the valley.
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