Knox Trail Otis narrated by Tom Ragusa Group Hike

By Western Mass Hilltown Hikers (other events)

Saturday, April 29 2023 10:00 AM 2:30 PM EDT

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April 29th, 2023

Knox Trail Otis 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
GPS 42.17402 -73.02689 Hike Start and Parking

corner of Algerie and East Otis Road parking in the triangle

We will start at the town line of Blandford and Otis and hike on the Knox Trail to Route 8 in Otis where we will carpool back to the starting point.  Hike Rating: Easy to Moderate, approximately 3.7 miles one way

Narrated by Mr. Tom Ragusa, local historian and retired DCR, 3.7 miles one way on the infamous "Ye Trodden Path" we will hike that same route as the 1764 Survey where Colonel Henry Knox in the winter of 1775-1776 transported from Ticonderoga, NY to Cambridge, MA ordnance-59 cannons, for the use of Washington's Army.

In 1758 this route was traveled by General Amherst, a time where Blandford was then Glasgow with 20 families, mostly Irish. The Hilltowns of Russell, Blandford, Otis, Sandisfield, Monterey.....were crossed by hearty men and oxen. We will start at the Black Oak Staddle at Station #1, past the 65 miles to Albany stone marker and visit all the waypoints along the way to Route 8 and the General Wadsworth Campsite.  The Hilltown Hikers traveled this route and also through Sandisfield with Mr. Ragusa several times in order to document and waypoint the history in order to apply for it's National Historic Designation.   

Please Register per carload on Hike is free and volunteer lead; suggested donation is $5.00. Maps and bottled water provided. Well behaved dogs are allowed. Please bring hiking poles and a snack. We hike rain or shine. More details are on Be prepared for muddy conditions, some road walking, and deep woods. We will carpool back to the start.

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