Chicopee Woods Hiking Trail System
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Enjoy This Pristine Wilderness Area
- Hours: 7 a.m. to Sunset, Daily
- Restrooms available only during Elachee Visitor Center open hours.
- Trail Markings: Find color-coded markers posted every 0.25 mile. Each trail loop’s markings are clockwise. If you hike clockwise, the mileage markers will ascend.
TRAIL MAP (JANUARY 2021) TRAIL MILEAGE (JANUARY 2021)
- GeoPDF Map See your location on the Chicopee Woods hiking trail system by opening the GeoPDF map on a digital device using the free Avenza Maps app.
- ARCGIS Map Navigate the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve and hiking trail system by opening this map link on a digital device.
- Tips for Trail Use DETAILS
- Restrictions: SEE MORE, and please note: No Dogs or Pets Permitted per the Chicopee Woods Area Park Commission EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2021
|TRAIL NAME||TRAIL DESCRIPTION||DISTANCE||BLAZE
|TRAIL HEAD /
|Dodd Loop||Enjoy a self-guided hike
along 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|
|Travel along this paved and gently-
graded trail featuring a storybook
(that is the only stroller-accessible trail)
through Piedmont Oak-Hickory Forest
and take in the scenery composing
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|
Hike through Oak-Hickory Forest along
|0.35-Mile Loop||Blue||Elachee Visitor Center starting at the Dodd Loop and ending at Bridge Loop|
|Experience a transition in topography,
hiking from upland dry successional
forest to riparian stream habitat along
Vulture Rock Creek.
|0.65-Mile Trail||Pink||Starting at the Bridge Loop near the Elachee Visitor Center gravel trail head parking lot, ending at the Bridge Loop near Vulture Rock Creek|
|This moderate-difficulty loop crosses
through a variety of Piedmont forest
types with five bridged stream crossings, including the 140-ft. suspension bridge.
|2.91-Mile Loop||Green||Two access points via Elachee Visitor Center gravel trail head parking lot|
|Lake Loop||This moderate-difficulty loop crosses
over a large earthen dam and tracks
through several stream riparian zones and a variety of forest types. A 0.4-mile overlap with the Bridge Loop provides an experience on the 140-ft. suspension bridge.
|3.0-Mile Loop||Orange||Two access points via Elachee Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake|