Hiking at the Stevens Property

boulder

photo © jo landers

 

Stevens Hiking Trail, Huntington, MA

Hilltown Land Trust has a new 4-mile loop trail trail in addition to the original 1.2-mile trail developed in 2007 on part of the 379-acre property donated to the HLT by Frank Stevens on Pisgah Road in Huntington. The newly expanded trails wind through a wooded landscape studded with hundreds of large boulders covered in mosses, ferns and lichens. They climb up and down steep slopes and cross a moist stream valley in three places. Other features include a very early cellar hole and maple sugarhouse ruin. Expect lots of early spring wildflowers and a great variety of ferns, and look for signs of moose, deer, bear, coyote, porcupine, and many other mammals.

Starflower - photo © Shirley Winer

Starflower – photo © Shirley Winer

In winter, the trail is snowshoeable in deep soft snow, but hazardous when conditions are slippery; avoid it then. The trail is not suitable for X-C skiing or biking at any time, and all motorized vehicles are prohibited.

Directions:

At the highest point on Route 66, 0.4 mile West of the Westhampton-Huntington town line, turn North off Route 66 onto Allen Coit Road. Go 0.4 mile to the intersection with Pisgah Road and bear right onto Pisgah. Go 2.4 mile North from that intersection to HLT’s marked parking pullout and small clearing at break in stone wall on the right. Trail leaves the North side of the clearing, heading first slightly downhill and soon turning right and uphill.

Stevens Short Loop

Stevens Long Loop