In The Athol Daily News
Caption: GUIDES -- Four hiking enthusiasts active in the North Quabbin Trails Association led others down to Thousand Acre Swamp and back during the recent Red Apple trail system inauguration in Phillipston. Left to right - Paula Boyle, Jean Stone and Marilyn Elwood, all of Orange, and Erica Rader of Winchendon. Photo by Joann Deacon
This caption written & submitted by Allen Young, and published in the Athol Daily News today, May 28, 2015.
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Orchard proprietors Al and Nancy Rose signed a 10-year trail easement along with Curley and NQTA treasurer Lynne Goodnow.
State Sen. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) and State Rep. Susannah Whipps Lee (R-Athol) participated in the ceremony, along with Phillipston Conservation Commissioner Bonnie House.
The new Red Apple Trail System - more than 16 miles with trails heading out from the orchard on both sides of Highland Avenue - was made possible by the signing of 10-year trail easement by the landowners, state authorization and conservation land preserved by town of Phillipston and the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. It will eventually be linked to Curley's vision of a Quabbin-to-Monadnock trail system to include 15 overnight shelters that could bring "through hikers" into the region.
There were more than 60 people attending the event Saturday, including a Cub Scout troop based in Templeton. Groups of 20 went on the trail following the apple-cutting. The hikers saw Canada geese, beavers, great blue herons and spring wildflowers such as lady slippers, jack-in-the-pulpit and trillium.
The trail includes the scenic wetland and a section characterized by large boulders called glacial erratics. Maps prepared by NQTA were available for sale. More information is available at nqta.org.
Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the day with us!
Thank you Mike for the amazing photos!
Photos by Mike Phillips Photography