CHICOPEE STATE PARK LETTERBOX:
-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-
Planted: October 2, 2002
Length: Loop Trail; 2 ½ miles round trip.
Loop Trail (from Outside Park); 3.8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate. Paved surface. Flat, except for one hill (a bit steep for small kids on bikes).
From I-90 (Mass Pike), take exit 51. Then take a right onto Burnett Rd just after the toll booth. From I-291, head north to the end at the toll plaza entrance. Continue straight onto Burnett Rd instead of turning right towards the toll lanes. Travel a ½ mile up Burnett Rd to the park entrance on your left. When you pass the gate house, continue straight to the parking lots. Left brings you to the overflow lots. To park outside the Park; There is a Duncan Donuts plaza alongside Burnett Rd and a sidewalk to the Park entrance. About a ½ mile to the parking lot from the plaza.
NOTE; A parking fee is collected during the summer months (Memorial Day to Labor Day); however, you can park outside the park and bike or hike in. See directions above. The park is only open during the off season, later during the summer.
Chicopee State Park, formerly the Cooley Brook Reservoir and Watershed has been developed as a high use active recreation area. The total acreage is 575 acres including a 25 acre pond. Activities include swimming, fishing and picnicking. For more information visit; CHICOPEE STATE PARK .
From the parking lots; Exit the parking
lots to a paved path. There is a sign board located near the
entrance to the picnic and pavilion area which is located among a Scotch Pine
forest. From the sign board, head left towards the beach area of
Reservoir. Pass by the Bath House and several paved trails to your left
that lead up to the overflow parking lots until you come to a path on the right
that crosses over the dam. After checking out the dam continue straight down the trail where you will cross
over a bridge. From the bridge, take the
After checking out the dam continue straight down the trail where you will cross over a bridge. From the bridge, take theLoop Trail to your left. You ascend a ¼ mile hill and then level out. A ½ mile takes you under some power lines. You come to a Y in the trail. Keep right on the paved trail. Westover Air Force Base will be on your left. We encountered lots of planes taking off just above us. Quite a sight. After a mile the trail turns away from the Base. You pass by a nice overlook of the reservoir through a Red Pine forest on your left. At about the 1 ¼ mile mark will be another overlook just before a sharp right hand curve. Looking down at the reservoir you'll see the dam just to your right. A dirt path comes in from the left and meets the paved trail, then forms a small island around a patch of White Birch trees. For the Letterbox; stand to the right (as you face the reservoir) of this island of
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