WILLIAMSTOWN >> As the height of the hiking season approaches, Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, which provides public access to its properties by means of hiking trails, is making it easier for hikers with smartphones to find their way.

WRLF will post at the trailhead of three of its trails a QR (Quick Response) code that will enable a hiker with a smartphone who simply scans the QR code to download a trail map and a trail description, providing information about the length of the trail and its degree of difficulty, and describing the natural features to be encountered along the way.

Trails to get QR codes include the Fitch Trail, at its trailhead on Bee Hill Road; the Pine Cobble Trail, at its trailhead on Pine Cobble Road; and the Phelps Trail, at its trailhead on Oblong Road.

The Fitch Trail passes through WRLF property onto state land and land belonging to the Boy Scouts, and connects to the RRR Brooks Trail in Flora's Glen. The Pine Cobble Trail passes through Williams College and WRLF land to reach one of the best scenic overlooks in Williamstown. The Phelps Trail climbs through state-owned land to the crest of the Taconic Range.

QR codes, with directions to the trailheads, will also be posted at the trail kiosks at the foot of Spring Street, on Main Street and outside the WRLF Office at Sheep Hill on Cold Spring Road (Route 7).

For more information, visit wrlf.org.



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