Elachee Updates Trail System Map & Signs
When hiking the Trail System at Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve you will soon find that the signage and mapping system has been comprehensively revamped. These changes will greatly enhance hiker navigation on the trail system and reflect changes made as part of Elachee’s conservation efforts within the Nature Preserve.
Alterations made to the hiking trails through time, for conservation-related purposes, have resulted in reroutes and trail closures subsequently reducing the available amount of trail. Long time hikers may be familiar with trails that followed old access roads – Old West Lake Trail, Walnut Creek Trail, Pine Mountain Trailand Upland Trail – closed for recovery as sustainable trail was built and made available. A measure of conservation-minded management success, the newly determined length of the hiking trail system is eight miles.
Changes Coming Soon to the Hiking Trails
Way finding Signage Update The way finding signs will have been inventoried and updated with new decals. They will be placed, where appropriate, at intersections and the decals will now include the trail blaze color and the mileage information. As such, the metal plates with the mileage information will no longer need to be screwed into trees along trails.
Hiking System Map Update Additionally, new maps will reflect changes made through time to the trail system including changes to trail names. The Bridge Loop will start and stop at the gravel Trailhead Parking, near the Elachee Visitor Center, and extends out to the Suspension Bridge. The Lake Loop will start and stop at the Chicopee Lake parking lot and it also extends out to the Suspension Bridge, overlapping briefly with the Bridge Loop.
Look for announcements of other future changes, along with rollout of the new map.
Trail Name Updates
This comprehensive process has provided an opportunity to update and refresh everything associated with the trail system, including trail names. West Lake Trail and East Lake Trail have now been broken up into two separate loops. The Bridge Loop will start and stop at the gravel Trailhead Parking near the Elachee Visitor Center and extends out to the Suspension Bridge. The Lake Loop will start and stop at the Chicopee Lake parking lot, and it also extends out to the Suspension Bridge overlapping briefly with the Bridge Loop.
There will be other changes that will be elaborated on further in future communications, along with sharing the new map. Collectively, these changes will greatly ease hiker navigation on the hiking trail system and reflect changes made as part of Elachee’s conservation management efforts within the Nature Preserve.
To read more details about the new signage and maps – check out Elachee’s Full Blog Post