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East Branch Trail

Easy

Trail

8.0 mile 12.8 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 80' 24 m
Descent: -298' -91 m
High: 746' 227 m
Low: 522' 159 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)

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Trail shared by Rob Bayliss

A scenic, long, flat trail.

Rob Bayliss

Features Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

There is a fee for parking, which is waived if you're a Trustees member.

Runner Notes

On a summer day, it can get pretty hot for the last 3 miles, where you lose the tree cover.

Description

This trail is actually a jeep road following the river the whole way, offering some amazing views. It's very enjoyable, and the biggest obstacle you're likely to see are puddles. A lot of people do it as an out-and-back for roughly 15 miles. It's well-marked and easy to follow. As a bonus, stop for a dip anywhere in the river when you get hot.

Flora & Fauna

Turtles and birds. Watch out for poison ivy on the edges of the trail in the last half.

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  4.5 from 2 votes

#1

in Chesterfield

#6405

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#1

in Chesterfield

#74

in Massachusetts

#6,405

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Photos

Misty river at sunrise.
Jan 22, 2020 near Chester…, MA
Sunlight through Sycamore branches.
Jan 22, 2020 near Chester…, MA
A view over the floodplain.
Jan 22, 2020 near Westham…, MA
The trail along the river
Jul 28, 2018 near Chester…, MA

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