Whimsey on the Franklin State Forest Trail

Could this possibly be... a tree?

Could this possibly be… a tree?

We ventured into the Franklin State Forest in the early morning hours to investigate a trail I’d heard connected the Hockomock YMCA in Franklin to the SNETT (Southern New England Trunkline Trail).  The trail was easy to find, right off the road to the water tower at the back of the Hockomock YMCA property at Forge Hill in Franklin. Leashed dogs are permitted on this trail. There is a map near the trail head to help point travelers in the right direction of the SNETT, but we found few markers along the way that could help us decide on which fork to take. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe path is rather rocky, with lots of roots, and somewhat muddy because of regular dirt-bike traffic in the area. There are stone walls throughout this section of the Franklin State Forest.

We did encounter a sign as we entered the woods that made us smile. Perhaps it was created as a destination for YMCA campers to seek out in a scavenger hunt. I’m hard put to figure out what other purpose this identifier in the woods might serve. Regardless, it brightened our day.

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Marjorie Turner Hollman

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! New England Regional Chair for the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com





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2 responses to “Whimsey on the Franklin State Forest Trail

  1. Mary Chitty

    so what did the sign say that made you smile? love mg

    Mary Chitty MSLS Pharmaceutical & Health Technologies Division Past Chair 2014 Library Director & Taxonomist cell 617 861 7410 work 781 972 5416 Cambridge Healthtech, Needham MA http://www.genomicglossaries.com http://www.healthtech.com

    • marjorie561

      Sorry–the photos didn’t show very big in this post–better seen on Easy Walks in Massachusetts” Facebook page. The sign, nestled at the bottom of several saplings, said, “Trees.” Call me “easy to entertain.” 🙂

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