(photo from massaudubon.org)
EXPLORE "WARBLER ALLEY" IN WEST NEWBURY ON SATURDAY, MARCH 19 AT 10 AM
Pike's Bridge Road has long been regarded as one of the migratory hot spots in Eastern Mass for the wide variety of spring warblers and other songbirds that pass through there. Now birders, walkers, bicyclists and riders can enjoy a smooth, rut- and mud-free walk the length of the road, between Garden Street and Turkey Hill Road. Connecting trails join Pike's Bridge with the Greenbelt Atherton Field, and across Indian Hill Street over Indian Hill to the Indian Hill Reservoir.
Meet at 10 AM on Saturday, March 19 and park at the large dirt parking area at the bend of Turkey Hill Road in West Newbury, approximately 1/2 mile north of Exit 56 (the Scotland Rd/South Street exit) from I-95. For GPS, the parking area will be just beyond the address "98 Turkey Hill Road, West Newbury."
An Eagle Scout project for West Newbury resident, Coltin Omasta, this newly improved, ECTA funded trail crosses the scenic Pike's Bridge over the Upper Artichoke River before passing through woods and meadow, then climbing Indian Hill. This out-and-back walk should last about an hour. Leashed dogs are welcome, and boots are recommended for the occasional muddy spot in the woods. Call ECTA West Newbury Director, Deb Hamilton, with questions or for further directions, 978 270-9129.
For a map of Pikes Bridge Road, click here.