New Glen Meadow Loop trail opens at the Greylock Glen
PHOTO GALLERY | Glen Meadow Loop Trail
ADAMS — The Greylock Glen's redevelopment is well underway.
Two new trails have opened at the Greylock Glen this month, including the 1.7 mile Glen Meadow Loop trail that will serve as an accessible centerpiece to the 1,000-acre parcel's recreational plan.
The handicapped-accessible trail is made of a smooth gravel base and meanders and circles the ponds adjacent to Gould Road.
DCR also announced this month that construction of the Moser Farm Loop trail, a 2.2-mile trek that begins on West Mountain Road, is complete and open for use.
Both were formed from a combination of existing trails and newly formed trail.
The new paths are part of a nearly $3 million Department of Conservation and Recreation plan to construct new trails and rehabilitate existing trails, resulting in a multiuse, mileslong network throughout the Glen.
The plans call for trails that are accessible not only to hikers but also mountain bikes, snowmobiles and skiers.
Led by volunteers from the Thunderbolt Ski Runners club, mountain bike trails are accessible from the Bellows South trail head on Gould Road.
"The Glen is awesome because of the variety in the fields, the swamps, and the habitats up there," said Heather Linscott, a volunteer with the Thunderbolt Ski Runners who helped develop the newest mountain biking trail.
The Glen Meadow Loop is the first major new trail at the Glen and work at the Glen is expected to continue throughout the year.
"We wanted to get that one going as a way to make that investment in the Glen and hopefully make others excited about investing in the Glen," said Paul Jahnige, director of DCR's Greenways and Trails Program.
The trail system is the first phase of the $50 million Greylock Glen project spearheaded by Adams in an effort to capitalize economically on the town's recreational assets and proximity to the state's tallest peak.
The Greylock Glen Resort Project includes campgrounds, an environmental education center, a conference center and additional amenities.
"Already I think I've seen more people up there recently, so hopefully people will learn about it and enjoy it," Jahnige said of the new trails.
The new trails are receiving positive reviews.
"Super great not to worry about ticks on my pup and be able to run and still feel that sense of wilderness," said Tanya Wilson Malloy.
Christa Abel says she loves the trails.
"It's nice not to be walking through brush up to your shoulders and mud puddles," she said.
Reach staff writer Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376 or @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter.
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