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.
Location: Route 32A, Petersham, MA
(Formerly Dana, MA)
Latitude: 42º 25’ 20.267”
Longitude: 72º 13’ 37.188”
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.
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.
A Google Street-View image of Route 32A heading south. On the right is the location of Gate 40.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bicycle access for the vicinity of Dana Town Common.
A series of topographical maps depicting the elevation of the Dana Town Common area, indicated by the brown contour lines.