MEETING TIME AND PLACE: 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2022. We will meet at the start of the Mill River Trail on Federal Street in Northampton. Although there is no house at that location, the address of 50 Federal Street can be used for a GPS address. There are no restroom facilities on the Mill River Trail, but restrooms may be available at the Lyman Plant House & Conservatory, 16 College Lane, on the Smith College campus where we will turn around to walk back to our starting point.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Please use 50 Federal Street for a GPS address to reach the Federal Street meeting place (as noted above, there is no house at #50, but is approximately the location of the Mill River Trail). Federal Street is a relatively short street down the hill from Northampton High School. A good way to reach Federal Street is from Elm Street by the Northampton High School and the former Blessed Sacrament Church. If coming from Florence, turn right on Vernon Place which is the street just past the High School and Church. If coming from downtown, turn left on Vernon Place, just before the Church and High School. Drive .03 miles and make a right at the stop sign which is Federal Street. Proceed down Federal Street about ? of a mile and look for the Mill River Trail which is on your left (there are no signs saying Mill River Trail but large clumps of Japanese knotweed are present). Parking is available on Federal Street by the trail.
DESCRIPTION OF WALK:
The Mill River Trail runs alongside the Mill River much of the way to its terminus at Paradise Pond on the Smith College campus, a distance of about 1 1/4 miles, for a total of 2 ½ miles for those who choose to walk the entire distance. The trail consists of beaten down earth for most of its distance. While there are some tree roots and rocks along the trial, they are not serious obstacles. There are no hills present. There are no restroom facilities on the Mill River Trail, but restrooms a