Blog Off the Beaten Path Hikes : A Spring Hawk Watch at Bare Mountain, Hadley

By David Spector

Each fall billions of birds fly south from northern breeding grounds, and each spring those that survived migration and the non-breeding season return north. Among those are that are easiest to observe in these migrations are the diurnal birds of prey — hawks, falcons, and vultures — spectacular birds that, unlike most smaller birds, migrate by day.

Published in Blog, Off the Beaten Path Hikes on April 15, 2020.

Blog Off the Beaten Path Hikes : A Hike at Royalston Falls, Royalston, MA

By Micky McKinley and Jaana Cutson

This is a descending trail that leads to a deep, ancient gorge carved by glacial meltwater to falls that plunge 45 feet into a basin. One of the things that make the falls so special is its remote location. It is well worth the rather difficult 0.8-mile hike to the edge of a half-hidden forested ravine. Please note that the trek is not an easy one, and can be very wet in places, so you should use extreme caution when walking here. The 0.8 mile-trek down to Falls Brook is part of the much longer Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. The M-M Trail extends for 117 miles from the border with Connecticut near Springfield to Mount Monadnock in southwest New Hampshire.

Published in Blog, Off the Beaten Path Hikes on April 8, 2020.

Off the Beaten Path Hikes : Off The Beaten Path While Social Distancing

Social distancing is a new and hopefully temporary norm with the threat of COVID-19 in our communities. As we continue to adjust to this way of living the Hitchcock Center remains committed to the importance of getting outside in nature for healing and exercise. We know that with trailheads being crowded, you may be looking for other places to get outside while also keeping a safe distance from others. So we are bringing back our 50th Anniversary blog on 50 places to explore around the Valley, written by a variety of local authors. Look for them roughly mid-week to inspire your explorations outdoors.

Published in Off the Beaten Path Hikes on April 6, 2020.

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