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7 days ago

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20 days ago

Park at the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail parking area, 41 Railroad St., Cheshire, MA 01225 (this address is how Google maps marks it, I don't know if the address is actually marked on the ground). It's across the street from the Cheshire Post Office. Parking is free.

It's a nice little hike, first through a residential area of a small town, then through woods most of the way. It starts out fairly gradual and gets a little steeper toward the end. The view of the surrounding mountains and valley dotted with small villages and a lake is lovely.

Hike directions: From the rail-trail parking lot, head east on Main St. You'll pass a giant "Cheshire Highway Dept." snowplow monument on the right, and then a small ice cream shop on the left. Where Main St. and East Main St. come in together, take East Main to the right, and in about 200 feet, turn right uphill onto Furnace Hill Road. Follow for about 1/3 mile until you see the white blazes turn uphill to the left, where there are woods on both sides of the street. The turn should be marked.

The route uphill is mostly quite wide, and starts out gradual. Follow the rectangular 2" x 6" white paint blazes on trees. Double blazes usually indicate a turn. If the blazes are offset (uneven) turn in the direction of the upper blaze. When you are almost at the end, you'll see a big rock outcropping. You'll continue past it, and then take a blue-blazed side trail that passes through mountain laurel a few hundred feet to the overlook. Enjoy the view, and return the way you came.

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Hi; can someone please tell me the physical address to drive to the Cheshire cobble trail?

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2 months ago

I hiked this on a misty, foggy day, which made Gore Pond (about halfway) look like that place where Yoda lives. The view of Cheshire from the "cobbles" was diminished, but still worth the climb from either direction. A fun 5 hours!

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hiking
2 months ago

It is a great little hike from Furnace Hill Road. It is also a great spot to watch the locals fire off fireworks around the "forth."

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hiking
3 months ago

Nice stroll with the family.

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3 months ago