By Elizabeth L. Dugger
Cape Cod, the Berkshires, the Litchfield Hills, Nantucket, Martha's winery, Boston, Quabbin Reservoir and alongside the Housatonic – those are only many of the areas lined during this precise advisor, the one e-book that attracts jointly all of the actions within the area. Take to the paths in country forests, splash round in a rowboat on a quiet inland lake, or get critical with the superior whitewater rafting possibilities in the rustic. An extra size in those states is the feel of Colonial and innovative background, and Beth Dugger covers all of it. Maps, pictures, index.
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Stop at park headquarters for a trail map. The Easthead Trail begins on the north side of the road about a tenth of a mile east of the park headquarters and is blazed in blue, with a sign that says Easthead Nature Trail. 4 miles goes left along a powerline. Two marked trail crossings come next, with options to return to where you parked along the west side of the reservoir, or to pick up the Bentley loop at the second trail junction. Be care- The Seacoast RECOMMENDED READING: There are maps and guides available to the Dogtown area.
The island is mostly preserved as the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, but the southern tip is state land, Sandy Point State Reservation, ideal for swimmers. Stop at the small ranger station at the north edge of the refuge and pay the modest day fee ($5 per vehicle, or $2 per walker or bicyclist); the ref- 43 n On Foot The Seacoast 44 n Adventures uge is open year-round, but when the station is not manned (say, in the cold weather), there’s a drop-box to pay the fee. Park here. There are restrooms, as well as signs warning you about the fragility of the dunes (and about ticks – pull your socks up over your pants legs at this point, and add a dab of DEET around the ankles).
On the other hand, guides can add a great deal to an exploration because they are usually full of local knowledge, and may even make it possible for you to observe wildlife that would otherwise slip past you. n On Wheels You don’t need a four-wheel-drive jeep to travel in Massachusetts, unless you’re headed for the dunes of Martha’s Vineyard! In general, even the back roads of the state are well taken care of, in summer and in snow. Mountain notch roads and state park routes may close in winter, though.