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The Quabbin Valley is proud to announce that it has gone to digital print on Kindle! Although the Maps segment and TQV updates will continue to run on the WordPress blog, specific entries have now become separate Volumes in a series called The Quabbin Valley Chronicles. Click on the link/hyperlink, go to http://www.amazon.com, or download directly to your Kindle device to view the first book, The Road to Dana: Gate 40. A new Volume will be added to the Kindle Library around the 15th of every month. In order to remain current on the latest available books, check back around that time, follow @NorthQuabbinite on Twitter, or like The Quabbin Valley on Facebook.

Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement over the last few years and stay tuned for fresh entries never before seen!

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Below you will see a series of images with their descriptions for this Entry: Gate 29. For those who are not familiar with this site, click HERE for photographs and a detailed account of this location.

Statistics:

Location: New Salem, Massachusetts

Latitude: 42º 32’ 8.026”
Longitude: 72º 18’ 38.685”
Altitude: 570.8661417’

Overview:
As shown, the map below shows an area of the North Quabbin Reservoir region, in the Quabbin Valley of Massachusetts. This maps faces north and features boundaries beginning in the lower-left portion of the map at Shutesbury Road in New Salem, Massachusetts. Follow north along Route 202 to New Salem Center, and northwest along Wendell Road and Moosehorn Road, then reaching eastward, crossing Route 202 again and extending to an area east of Blackington Road, edged by North and South Spectacle Ponds in New Salem, Massachusetts. Moving south along the eastern portion of the East Quabbin Watershed, to the vicinity of Soapstone Hill and Gate 36 in the Quabbin Reservoir. This map features locations such as those mentioned already, in addition to Fishing Area 1 (FA1), several brooks, Gates 22-36, hills including Rattlesnake Hill [North], Pittman Hill, Adams Hill, and Harris Hill. Bassett, Moore, Snell, Hamilton, & Nelson Islands, and Bassett Pond also included. The feature for this Entry is Gate 29, located on Route 202 in New Salem, Massachusetts, along the extension of a road known as Elm Street, along which the Swift River Valley Historical Society is located outside of the reservoir.

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Descriptive Legend:

Yellow lines indicate paved or frequently used roads open to the public. Some extensions of these roads may be blocked and/or restricted.

Red diagonal lines indicate restricted areas

Green, dotted lines indicate hiking pathways

Brown lines indicate roads once used before the flooding of the Reservoir.

Blue lines indicate brooks, streams, creeks, or other flowing waters. Any filled in blue shape indicates a body of water. Any blue outline of a shape indicates a bog, swamp, or other still/stagnant waters.

Any marks in pencil indicate a description of a location.

All Quabbin Waters shown are unrestricted.

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Southbound view of Route 202 near Gate 29. On the right is Elm Street, leading toward the Swift River Valley Historical Society. On the left is the parking lot and entrance to Gate 29.

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Inward Google Street view of Gate 29 and the parking area.

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Track View showing the course taken on most journeys. From the top (north), enter through Gate 29 and follow the road (yellow line) until the apparent “T.” Maintaining a straighter path (shown as left on map and indicated as “Route In”) brings the yellow line south and on the west side of Rattlesnake (North) until you reach the water. Coursing eastward through the forest extends the yellow line southward along the west side of Pittman Hill. A sharp northward and subsequent northeastern path along the yellow line indicates a direct hike through the middle of Pittman Hill to its peak (indicated as “Route Out”). Moving northwest from the top of Pittman Hill is the downslope followed by the upslope of Rattlesnake Hill (North). An incisive cut to the east shows a rapid descent off of Rattlesnake (North) and onto the east pathway that skirts Quabbin Waters, crossing under the power lines, and wrapping back to the west where the initial path meets. Total distance from Gate-Gate is 38,453.6 feet (7.28 miles).

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Key points & areas along the course. Beginning at Gate 29, the parking area and southward roadway still considered an extension of Elm Street in New Salem, MA until it meets with Orange-Millington Road entering through Gate 30 toward the east. From that intersection, Orange-Millington Road continues until it ends by the water, featuring such sites as the former location of Herrick’s Tavern and an old well near a cliff that offers a clear view of the water. Another road, Belden Hill Road, also falls along the way. From the southern-most tip and moving northward, Pittman and Rattlesnake Hills are featured along with Regulating Dam Road, leading out to Gate 31 (Fishing Area 2). Lengths of Red-Line Roads not calculated.

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Inclusive length of Elm Street and Orange-Millington Road (known also as only Millington Road), calculated from Gate 29 to the intersection of the two, and continuing onward to the southern base where it meets the water at Rattlesnake Hill (North). This course being the most frequently traveled at its distance of 13,604.33 feet (2.58 miles).

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An extension of that which was previously described to include the route eastward through the forest and then southward to the water by Pittman Hill; a distance total of 19,025.36 feet (3.60 miles).

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The course of Rattlesnake Hill (North) in the Quabbin Reservoir from southern base to northern base, measuring 3,356.68 (0.64 miles) map length, and 3,356.75 feet (0.64 miles) ground length. The location of the former site of Herrick’s Tavern also shown, painting a clearer picture of the “T” mentioned earlier.

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Elevation of Rattlesnake Hill (North) shown at 1,052.22 feet (0.20 miles) map length and 1,091.76 feet (0.21 miles) ground length.

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The course of Pittman Hill in the Quabbin Reservoir from southern base to northern base, measuring 3,742.21 feet (0.71 miles) map length, and 3,742.28 feet (0.71 miles) ground length.

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Elevation of Pittman Hill shown at 750.54 feet (0.14 miles) map length and 795.62 feet (0.15 miles) ground length.

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Elevation of cliff at the end of Gate 29, Orange-Millington Road measured at 78.56 feet (0.01 miles) map length, and 80.89 feet (0.02 miles) ground length.

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Topographic map of the areas surrounding the locations of Gates 29 & 30, as well as showing the locations of Rattlesnake & Pittman Hills.

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Topographic map of defined area and several broad views of surrounding communities and their respective elevations.

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Close-up Topographic map of Rattlesnake and Pittman Hills, displaying the contrast in differing composition; Rattlesnake being a more broadly based hill and Pittman being one of sharper elevation with a narrower ridgeline.

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Topographic map indicating the locations of Gates 29 & 30 with their visual elevations.

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Topographic map showing the elevation of Rattlesnake, Harris, Fairview, & Bassett Hills.

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Map showing bicycle access for the Gate 29 area, exemplifying how one could enter through Gate 29 and reach as far as the base of Soapstone Hill on Bicycle.

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Below you will see a series of images with their descriptions for this Entry: Gate 30. For those who are not familiar with this site, click HERE for photographs and a detailed account of this location.

 

 

Statistics:

 

Location:            New Salem, MA

 

Latitude:             42º 32’ 4.159”

Longitude:             72º 18’ 7.157”

Altitude:            561.023622’

 

Overview:

As shown, the map below shows an area of the North Quabbin Reservoir region, in the Quabbin Valley of Massachusetts. This maps faces north and features boundaries beginning in the lower-left (southeast) portion of the map at Shutesbury Road in New Salem, Massachusetts. Follow north along Route 202 to New Salem Center, and northwest along Wendell Road and Moosehorn Road, then reaching eastward, crossing Route 202 again and extending to an area east of Blackington Road, edged by North and South Spectacle Ponds in New Salem, Massachusetts. Moving south along the eastern portion of the East Quabbin Watershed, to the vicinity of Soapstone Hill and Gate 36 in the Quabbin Reservoir. This map features locations such as those mentioned already, in addition to Fishing Area 1 (FA1), several brooks, Gates 22-36, hills including Rattlesnake Hill [North], Pittman Hill, Adams Hill, and Harris Hill,Bassett, Moore, Snell, Hamilton, & Nelson Islands, and Bassett Pond. The feature for this Entry is Gate 30, located on Route 122 in New Salem, Massachusetts, immediately south of the turn at Route 202, directly across from Orange Road, and on what is known as Orange-Millington Road. Iconic landmarks for this site include Keystone Bridge, a site explained in the link above.

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Descriptive Legend:

 

Yellow lines indicate paved or frequently used roads open to the public. Some extensions of these roads may be blocked and/or restricted.

 

Red diagonal lines indicate restricted areas

 

Green, dotted lines indicate hiking pathways

 

Brown lines indicate roads once used before the flooding of the Reservoir.

 

Blue lines indicate brooks, streams, creeks, or other flowing waters. Any filled in blue shape indicates a body of water. Any blue outline of a shape indicates a bog, swamp, or other still/stagnant waters.

 

Any marks in pencil indicate a description of their location.

 

All Quabbin Waters shown are unrestricted.

 

 

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Google Street Views of the area immediately outside Gate 30. Image 1 shows Route 122 as seen traveling southward; Orange Road on the left and the parking area to Gate 30 on the right. Image 2 shows the view of the parking area, with the actual gate faintly visible.

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An aerial Google image of the Swift River snaking toward Gate 30, as well as the actual location of Keystone Bridge, hovering over the Swift River as it passes through on its way to the reservoir. Shown in the 2nd image is the distance from the gate to where the bridge begins at 176.75’ (.033 miles).

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The outlet that meets up with inbound trails from Gate 29 and leading into an area formerly known as Millington.

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Topographic maps pointing toward Gate 30 and Keystone Bridge. 2nd image shows a close-up with a red circle, inside of which both items fall.

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A map showing bicycle access throughout the Gate 30 area, illustrating how the road network can traverse from as far north as Gate 29, reaching as far south as the lands surrounding Soapstone Hill.

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Below you will see a series of images with their descriptions for this Entry: Gate 40 in the Quabbin Reservoir. For those who are not familiar with this site, click HERE for photographs and a detailed account of this location.

 

 

Statistics:

 

Location:            Route 32A, Petersham, MA

(Formerly Dana, MA)

Latitude:             42º 25’ 20.267”

Longitude:          72º 13’ 37.188”

Altitude:              554.4619423’

 

Overview:

                        As shown, this map exhibits all points beginning from the northeast quadrant of Mt Zion in the lower-left, extending eastward to the Pottapaug Borough and north of, edging Route 32A along the eastern frame of the map. The northern segment of this map begins with Mt L on the western periphery, and scanning eastward across regions of what is now a peninsula and that which was previously identified as Northern Dana, MA, just south of Soapstone Hill, and continuing eastward just past the junction of the East Branch of Fever Brook and Camel’s Hump Road. Points of interest include Rattlesnake Hill [South], Doubleday Village, Camel’s Hump Hill, Whitney Hill, Skinner Hill, and Pottapaug Hill as well as Pottapaug Pond, but the inner focus of this Map Entry centers on Gate 40 in the Quabbin Reservoir, with its main road extending to an area known as Dana Town Common.

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Descriptive Legend:

 

Yellow lines indicate paved or frequently used roads open to the public. Some extensions of these roads may be blocked and/or restricted.

 

Red diagonal lines indicate restricted areas

 

Green, dotted lines indicate hiking pathways

 

Brown lines indicate roads once used before the flooding of the Reservoir.

 

Blue lines indicate brooks, streams, creeks, or other flowing waters. Any filled in blue shape indicates a body of water. Any blue outline of a shape indicates a bog, swamp, or other still/stagnant waters.

 

Any marks in pencil indicate a description of their location.

 

All Quabbin Waters shown are unrestricted.

 

 

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A Google Street-View image of Route 32A heading south. On the right is the location of Gate 40.

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Closer examination of the entry point to Gate 40 shows     “G-40” spray painted onto the guard rail. Forward of the turn-off from the road show the parking area on the left, and paved road forward of that position.

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The main road leading to Dana Town Common, a common attraction for all Quabbin Visitors. The distance from the parking area to the first side road moving to southeast, toward Pottapaug Pond is 8,141.46’ (1.54 miles). Casual walks along this road and up to this point will reveal several gorgeous leys and intricately laid cellar holes, stone wall property boundaries, and foundations.

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The spread of the entire route from the parking area to the monument located in Dana Town Common shows 9,472.14’ (1.79 miles) as the distance. From this view, all of the pathways, in greater detail than the drawn map above, can be seen shooting off in every direction. This location is renowned for its bike-friendly roads, being paved and wide enough to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic without impeding one another’s ability to navigate.

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A Google Image close-up of Dana Town Common, featuring sites such as the cemetery, Town Hall cellar hole, monument, and cobblestone foundation. For pictures, see the link at the top of this Entry.

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Bicycle access for the vicinity of Dana Town Common.

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A series of topographical maps depicting the elevation of the Dana Town Common area, indicated by the brown contour lines.

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Gate 54A Map

Below you will see a series of images with their descriptions for this Entry: Gate 54A. For those who are not familiar with this site, click HERE for photographs and a detailed account of this location.

 

Statistics:

Location: Quabbin Park

Quabbin Hill Rd. Ware, MA (Formerly Enfield, MA)

Latitude: 42º 17’ 9.416”

Longitude: 72º 20’ 15.022”

Altitude: 528.2152231’

 

Overview:

As shown below, This map encompasses all points as far south as portions of Route 9 in Ware, MA; moving as far east as the eastern coastline of the Quabbin Reservoir in Hardwick, MA; as far west as the Quabbin Watershed in Belchertown, MA; and as far north as the road leading in to Gate 8 (Fishing Area 1) from Pelham, MA and bounding across Cadwell Creek & Chaffee Brook, traversing eastward across the southern portion of Prescott Peninsula and into the restricted portion of Quabbin Waters east. The focus of this map centers on the south-centrally located portion of the map, that being Quabbin Park, described as a shallow domed peninsula, pushing northward into the water between Route 9, Prescott Peninsula, and the east and west boundaries of the watershed and water.

Gate 54A

 

Descriptive Legend:

Yellow lines indicate paved or frequently used roads open to the public. Some extensions of these roads may be blocked and/or restricted.

Red diagonal lines indicate restricted areas

Orange lines indicate hiking paths or roads once used before the flooding of the Reservoir.

Blue lines indicate brooks, streams, creeks, or other flowing waters. Any filled in blue shape indicates a body of water. Any blue outline of a shape indicates a bog, swamp, or other still/stagnant waters.

Any marks in pencil indicate a description of their location.

All Quabbin Waters shown are restricted, with the exception of the area located north of the red “LIMIT” line in the west.

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A Google Image overview of the entire site. Coming in from Route 9, you will make a northwestward turn into Quabbin Park. Approximately a half mile on that road there will be a parking lot, intersection, and Gate 54A. Turning north onto Quabbin Hill Rd will eventually bring you to a rotary. Going right on the rotary and taking the first right will bring you to a road that will lead to a parking lot, which is at the base of the site to Enfield Tower. From the intersection by the parking lot and Gate 54A, going through the gate will take you over a large ravine and onto Winsor Dam.

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Route 9 in Ware, MA, turning into Quabbin Park from the central entrance. The yellow line on the image shows the route taken from Route 9, into the park, and all the way to the first parking area. This distance is also calculated by the “Ruler” Dialog Box, showing that it is exactly 2,222.33’ (.421 miles) from Route 9 to the parking lot.

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Distance from the parking lot to Gate 54A, totaling 203.23’ (.038 miles). This is also the distance to the northward turn onto Quabbin Hill Rd.

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From Gate 54A to the split at the pathway (top), at 392.41′ (.074 miles) and distance from Gate 54A to the monument atop Winsor Dam (bottom), at 727.74′ (.137 miles).

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Images of the ravine and Winsor Dam

The spillover and beginning of the ravine shown to the left of Quabbin Hill Road

The spillover and beginning of the ravine shown to the left of Quabbin Hill Road

Backed out image of the ravine and the bridge going over it from Gate 54A (right side)

Backed out image of the ravine and the bridge going over it from Gate 54A (right side)

From an ENE angle of the ravine, also showing the pathway split from the right fork up to Winsor Dam

From an ENE angle of the ravine, also showing the pathway split from the right fork up to Winsor Dam

Winsor Dam from the split

Winsor Dam from the split

Winsor Dam and pathway from atop adjacent hill

Winsor Dam and pathway from atop adjacent hill

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All images along the road to the rotary, parking lot, and Enfield Tower. Different angles chosen along the way, pay careful attention to the compass in the upper-right. First image shows the length in yellow, bearing down at 8,825.08′ (1.671 miles) from the intersection of Gate 54A and Quabbin Hill Rd all the way to the parking lot at the base of the hill where Enfield Tower rests.

Total drive from Route 9 to the parking lot is just over 2 miles

Total drive from Route 9 to the parking lot is just over 2 miles

Cant slightly right of the road to get this view of water and Prescott Peninsula ahead (north), displaying the parking lot and tower atop the hill

Cant slightly right of the road to get this view of water and Prescott Peninsula ahead (north), displaying the parking lot and tower atop the hill

Closeup of parking lot and site of Enfield Tower

Closeup of parking lot and site of Enfield Tower

Looking south from the rotary

Looking south from the rotary

Closeup of the parking lot and tower as you drive to it. Paying close attention to the parking lot surroundings, you can see pathways shooting out in different directions. The shadow from Enfield Tower indicates that Google took the picture in the morning, and helps to illustrate the actual size of the tower. The building located where the parking lot meets the road to the tower is a restroom, FYI.

Closeup of the parking lot and tower as you drive to it. Paying close attention to the parking lot surroundings, you can see pathways shooting out in different directions. The shadow from Enfield Tower indicates that Google took the picture in the morning, and helps to illustrate the actual size of the tower. The building located where the parking lot meets the road to the tower is a restroom, FYI.

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A series of Street-view images from Google. This particular venue has the advantage of being driven on for its majority and so the following images will probably be the only ones of their kind, aside from entrance street-views in the future.

Central Entrance. Heading west on Route 9, this is the view you will encounter. Forking right will take you down this road, to the parking lot. As the sign says, "Winsor Dam"

Central Entrance. Heading west on Route 9, this is the view you will encounter. Forking right will take you down this road, to the parking lot. As the sign says, “Winsor Dam”

Past the Quabbin Park Entry Gate

Past the Quabbin Park Entry Gate

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Close examination of this image reveals a parked vehicle on the right, indicating the location of the parking lot

Close examination of this image reveals a parked vehicle on the right, indicating the location of the parking lot

Past the parking lot, Gate 54A is [fork] left and Quabbin Hill Road is [fork] right

Past the parking lot, Gate 54A is [fork] left and Quabbin Hill Road is [fork] right

The turn onto Quabbin Hill Road

The turn onto Quabbin Hill Road

A closer look at the spillover and beginning of the ravine

A closer look at the spillover and beginning of the ravine

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Looking back at the spillover

Looking back at the spillover

A pull-over, by the spill-over!

A pull-over, by the spill-over!

Ahead on the left is a boat ramp for the MA State Police

Ahead on the left is a boat ramp for the MA State Police

Heading up the hill

Heading up the hill

Scenic vista on the left. Also looks like GOogle can take a pretty decent sunset photo sometimes too!

Scenic vista on the left. Also looks like Google can take a pretty decent sunset photo sometimes too!

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Scenic Vista

Scenic Vista

Another pullover and vista

Another pullover and vista

The rotary

The rotary

Right turn on the rotary

Right turn on the rotary

Road to the parking lot at the base of Enfield Tower

Road to the parking lot at the base of Enfield Tower

Coming out from behind the tree line along the road, looking right offers the first glimpse of Enfield Tower on the hill

Coming out from behind the tree line along the road, looking right offers the first glimpse of Enfield Tower on the hill

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Parking lot ahead. Right turn only

Parking lot ahead. Right turn only

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A topographic map of Quabbin Park. Pay close attention to the contour lines (the brown, wavy lines); for those who don’t know, closer contour lines mean a sharper slope in elevation/depression whereas staggered or well-spaced contour lines mean a much more gradual slope.

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2 final maps: the first showing the restricted area of the map as described and the second showing bicycle access/restriction

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After nearly one year of effort, I am finally prepared to expose a new segment to The Quabbin Valley. In the last year I have fielded many requests for information and have also paid careful attention to how people are being routed to this site. While there is a lot of ground to cover from this avenue, the one prevailing interest seems to be a voracious longing for maps of the Quabbin Valley.

As I stated very early on after creating this site, I too found it challenging to get instructions on where to go in the Quabbin, how to get there, what to expect. As a result, I began this pursuit for providing a focus on the present-day Quabbin, beginning as many entries as I could with clear directions to each setting. Time has demonstrated (and I can see now, based literally on hundreds of inquiries over the last 2 years) that not only is there a sundry of individuals out there who agree, but written directions are simply not sufficient. The Quabbin Reservation Guide, which I continue to praise as the premier guide for the reservoir, still lacks some detail and also encompasses only the reservoir and not the whole valley.

So this next segment of The Quabbin Valley will consist of a series of maps to illustrate the accounts I have given for where certain locations are as well as how to get there, the course I took, and what to look for when you know you’re getting close. These maps will be a collective effort, using Google Earth tools as well as my own hand-drawn maps, borne of my own familiarity and other useful online resources.

You can expect a new Entry to be posted on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, beginning today, Wednesday October 1st, 2014. Below you will find a map of what I have demarcated as the Quabbin Valley. Justifiably, some will have their own sentiments of what delineates this region of Massachusetts, which may be in contrast with my own. Perhaps someday I’ll include the neighboring areas in an unconnected project, as they too have beautiful places to see.

On the map below, you will see nearly 200 different locations. This is not the final number of settings you will read about from me, but just the most well-known. Inasmuch as New England has a hefty assortment of charming venues, the Quabbin Valley is the most engaging among them as its surprises and enigmas seem to loiter around every new turn. To find out more about what these locations are, click on the “Map & Legend” tab at the top of this page to see the map with its legend.
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New Quabbin FAQ Page

After being inundated with requests for information and general questions asked, I’ve decided to open a “Quabbin FAQ” Page that you can locate in a tab at the top of this site. These are questions I get quite a bit and more will be added with time as I get more requests for information. If you have questions about The Quabbin Valley or suggestions for what to add, please contact quabbinite@gmail.com. In the coming weeks, more segments to The Quabbin Valley on WordPress will be added as well.

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