Looking ahead to this weekend’s MassWalk, as I’m now officially calling it, I’ve decided to slow down so I can actually experience hiking one of the most well-known trails in Central Massachusetts. Also, I’m excited to have my friend Michael Richardson, who’s visiting from Boise, join me on Sunday for a portion of the hike to Douglas State Forest.
The Midstate Trail is a scenic footpath which runs 92 miles (148 km) through Worcester County, Massachusetts, from the Rhode Island border to the New Hampshire border, approximately 45 miles (72 km) west of Boston, according to WikiPedia. The trail is considered highly accessible, scenic, and remarkably rural despite its proximity to urban Boston. The trail includes the summits of Mount Wachusett and Mount Watatic, as well as many interesting geologic, historic, and natural features.
I’m planning to hike two parts of the Midstate Trail this weekend beginning in Charlton to Cascade Brook (about 6.1 mi, 9.81 km), and then Cascade Brook to Douglas State Forest (17 mi, 27.35km).