Wednesday September 19, 2012

Heritage walks: All of the walks Saturday and Sunday are free. Some need reservations.

Full schedule: A complete list of walks at heritage-hikes.org.

Here are a select few:

Housatonic Valley Association’s Dennis Regan and Alison Dixon will lead a four-mile paddle of the Housatonic River in Stockbridge on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. They will paddle past the Stockbridge Country Club, on a slow, flat section of the river, to the Glendale Bridge.

Step into a 300-planting American chestnut orchard in Falls Village, Conn., Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Guide Ellery Sinclair will talk about efforts to restore the American chestnut tree to the landscape and what caused the initial loss of the trees. (Cider and Chestnut cookies will be served.)

Gail Pinna and Mary Jane Caliento of the Dalton Historic Commission will lead an Oct. 13 walk through a section of town believed to have been on the "underground railroad," and explain the history of the Hoose House, another railroad stop. They will trek through the rock formations and uneven terrain of Wizard’s Glen. They step off from Gulf Road at 11 a.m.