Our office is located in Athol, Massachusetts, at the Millers River Environmental Center (MREC). We are a group of active people who love the North Quabbin area and enjoy outdoor events. We want to make the most of the local natural resources while treading carefully on the land, using the water wisely, and making stewardship central to our activities. With our many partners throughout New England we are engaging in trail development and maintenance, education, recreation, and communication about the natural beauty that is the North Quabbin.
The word “unique” is bantered around too frequently. However, the NQTA truly does offer a “Unique Outdoor Experience.”
As a stewardship organization, we open up new trails and connect trail systems. Come lend your talents and volunteer for the betterment of our Mother Earth.
As a hiking organization, we explore these new trails as they are being developed. Your opinions and experience can make a difference.
Mission Statement: The purpose of the North Quabbin Trails Association, Inc. is to sustain and work towards outdoor trail development, maintenance and improvements, including but not limited to the restoration and maintenance of trails on land and water, proper education and safety in areas of trail maintenance and construction, and to create stewardship with other outdoor organizations, groups and individuals to further this goal.
Trail maintenance and construction have been a main focus of the organization. With our partner organizations we have been establishing new hiking, biking, snow shoeing, cross country and equestrian trails within the North Quabbin area.
We have a Board of Directors and are a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. Our office is located at the Millers River Environmental Center at 100 Main Street in Athol, MA and monthly gatherings are also held there.
FOUR (4) Guiding Principles:
1. Stewardship: At the core of N.Q.T.A is stewardship, with our stated goal of the creation of stewardship team leaders, stewardship crews to provide a ten year vision of trail development, maintenance, and trail improvements on trails currently being developed (Q+M, PCT, Millers/ Baquag). Offering these services to other trail organizations and municipalities in support of their trails in the North Quabbin Region.
2. Outdoor Activity Clearing House: Using N.Q.T.A as a base to bring together the various outdoor trail organizations, groups and individuals. This will allowfor a forum of trail education and connection between the diverse groups utilizing the trail systems. There is much need for these trail groups to express their individual concerns and by communication establishing working relationship for the proper multi-trail usage development. N.Q.T.A as a non-profit stewardship organization allows for the signing of licensing agreements with lands under state and federal jurisdiction.
3. Trail Development and Design: A critical component will be the continuation of trail development and connection of trails and organizations in the North Quabbin Region and then to provide a stewardship plan to maintain these trail systems. The eco-economic benefits will provide for substantial and sustained growth to our region.
4. Education and Safety: Utilizing local organizations to provide for proper education and safety in areas of trail maintenance, trail construction, and safe chainsaw operation. All crew members will be provided with these safety and educational opportunities to establish a safe and proper working environment out on the trails.
* Tuesday Trekkers: Weekly hikes are run each Tuesday in conjunction with the Athol YMCA. Hikes leave from the Y parking area at 9 AM each Tuesday. You can contact us to be added to our mailing list for weekly hikes, trail stewardship events, monthly gatherings, and local outdoor activities.
The North Quabbin region hosts a beautiful trail system that connects central Massachusetts to Mount Monadnack in New Hampshire. And there are off-shoots that take you into scenic parts of the local towns, along the Millers River, and to local festivals in all seasons.
We like to emphasize the multi-use recreation that is possible on the local trails. We work with partners to bring together diverse groups utilizing the trail systems, such as: People who love hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing as well as birders, naturalists, and mountain bikers. We hike or snowshoe together each week on the North Quabbin trails.
Equestrians: The North Quabbin region has one of the most unique areas for having fun and enjoying time spent with our horses in nature. NQTA has been working diligently to preserve, clear, rebuild and maintain sustainable trails for horseback riding.
Those who love hide and seek. Geo-caching is a high-tech treasure hunt, using GPS units, or phone apps. Caches along the trail can be found in the form of ammo boxes, small plastic containers and film canisters. Coordinates for these hides are listed on geocaching.com. Some containers contain small “prizes” that can be traded, and others are only large enough for a logbook. Once a cache is found, sign the paper enclosed, and the online log. Happy caching!
Those who enjoy water activities such as fishing, kayaking and canoeing.
Enjoy the adventures the North Quabbin has to offer. We look forward to your participation.
Join the Tuesday Trekkerseach Tuesday for a hike on local trails. Meet at the Athol YMCA 545 Main St. Athol, Ma at 9:00 AM.
We gather at 6 PM on the second Monday of each month at the Millers River Environmental Center at 100 Main Street in Athol starting with Breaking Bread Time and an educational speaker following shortly after. NQTA's customized new trail maps will be available at this time. Also Joe Superchi will also be available at MREC on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:30-1:30, and current maps will be available to those who could not pick them up at the monthly gathering. You can also see Paul at Trailhead in Orange, Ma to pick up maps as well.