The finished portion of the SNETT/Blackstone Greenway has received a lot of press, but a section east of there, still in Blackstone, offers some pretty views of Harris Pond that makes this section of the trail a real pleasure to visit. The trail between Farm Street and Rt. 122, as well as east of Farm Street, headed over to Bellingham, is not only high and dry, it offers water views along the trail, sometimes on both sides of the raised trail.
We still await snow this winter, but this means the trails are clear, with no hint of ice on sections like we walked on the other day. We look forward to when this section is finished, but for now, it works just fine, whether on bike or on foot.
For sure, a trail of this kind would not be created today, because of wetlands regulations, since it cuts directly through a portion of Harris Pond, but since it’s here, I’ll take it. The trail between the portions of the pond is hard packed and very level, making for every easy walking indeed.
The biggest challenge for this section of the SNETT is parking, but there is an area where Farm Street crosses the SNETT where you can leave your car, just be sure not to block the gates on either side of the road.
It feels like every day I hear about more trail developments throughout the state. Getting outside, and being more active is all part of maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Finding those great local spots to get outside one is part of the fun, but also part of keeping safe and avoiding issues with cars and trucks.
Here’s for getting outside while there is now ice. Happy Trails!
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress. She is a co-author of the recent community history, Bellingham Now and Then.