Trail Descriptions

Elachee operates and maintains the Chicopee Woods Hiking Trail System thanks to donations of money and time. As a private, not-for-profit organization, Elachee relies on memberships, financial and volunteer support to keep these pedestrian trails pristine and accessible for the visiting public.

TRAIL NAME Chicopee Woods Hiking Trail System
TRAIL DESCRIPTION
DISTANCE BLAZE
COLOR
TRAIL HEAD /ACCESS POINT(S)
Dodd Loop Enjoy a self-guided hike among the diverse topography of Walnut Creek Valley that includes some steep sections. SEE GUIDE 0.64-Mile Loop Red Elachee Visitor Center near the E-House and Pollinator Garden to the service drive
Geiger Trail Travel this paved and gently graded trail (stroller-accessible) that winds through Piedmont Oak-Hickory Forest featuring storybook kiosks and breathtaking views of the Walnut Creek Valley. 0.4-Mile Trail Khaki Becky Geiger Pavilion at Elachee Visitor Center to the picnic area
Elachee Creek Loop Take a brisk hike around Elachee Creek and get your heart rate up along steep sections of the trail. 0.42-Mile Loop Yellow Elachee Visitor Center picnic area
Ridge Trail Hike through Oak-Hickory Forest along the trail from the Dodd Loop to a Tulip Tree-Hardwood Forest at the intersection with Bridge Loop. Veer left onto Bridge Loop for a longer hike or stay right to return to Elachee Visitor Center. 0.35-Mile Loop Blue Elachee Visitor Center starting at the Dodd Loop and ending at Bridge Loop
Upland Trail Experience a transition in topography,
hiking from upland dry successional
forest to riparian stream habitat along
Vulture Rock Creek.
0.65-Mile Trail Pink Start at the Bridge Loop near the Elachee Visitor Center gravel trail head parking lot and end at the Bridge Loop near Vulture Rock Creek.
Bridge Loop Hike this moderate-difficulty loop that crosses through diverse Piedmont forest types with five bridged stream crossings, including the 140-ft. suspension bridge. 2.91-Mile Loop Green Two access points in the Elachee Visitor Center gravel trail head parking lot
Lake Loop Hike this moderate-difficulty loop that takes you over a large earthen dam, then tracks through several stream riparian zones and diverse forest types. Experience the 140-ft. suspension bridge along a 0.4-mile overlap with the Bridge Loop. 3.0-Mile Loop Orange Two access points at the Chicopee Woods Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake