Massapoag Brook trails, Sharon – 10/9/11

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We hunted for the Orange trail along Massapoag Brook. Parked at the corner of Billings & Deborah Sampson. There’s no clear entrance to the trail, despite the maps, and very faint blazes. We did manage to hike in, follow a trail for a while, but kept hitting swampy, impassible sections. Global warming alert – skunk cabbages are starting to sprout, thinking it’s April. After a few more turns and stops, we scrambled up through poison ivy onto East Street, walked to the car, and drove to Brook Rd to find the entrance to the Blue trail. We may have lost the orange trail, but we were always in sight of a road – couldn’t get too lost.

Hiked in the beautifully groomed blue trail to the Massapoag Brook bridge, freshly built by Kurt and other members of the Sharon Friends of Conservation. Great job. Crossed over the bridge and continued on the Blue trail to Devil’s Rock – with grafitti now. Boo.

Gorgeous 85 degree day. The Brook was running high and fast.


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    George Aronson said,

    The Orange Dot trail is newly marked from Manns Pond along Billings Street to Devils Rock. If you park at Billings Street and Deborah Sampson, look for the orange Dot on the guard rail on Billings Street, cross it and go down the new stairway to the trail below street level. There are also new bridges across the swampy stretches thanks to Boy Scout Troup 95. Well done! It’s a beautiful walk to Devil’s Rock.

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    George Aronson said,

    John Lowden worked for the Sharon DPW for many years. He was born in and lived all his life at the house at 231 Billings Street (since rebuilt) and was always a good neighbor.

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