Adventure Guides to Massachusetts & Western Connecticut by Elizabeth L. Dugger

By Elizabeth L. Dugger

Cape Cod, the Berkshires, the Litchfield Hills, Nantucket, Martha's winery, Boston, Quabbin Reservoir and alongside the Housatonic – those are only a few of the locations lined during this distinct consultant, the one booklet that attracts jointly all of the actions within the sector. Take to the paths in nation forests, splash round in a rowboat on a quiet inland lake, or get critical with the superior whitewater rafting possibilities in the rustic. An additional measurement in those states is the feel of Colonial and progressive background, and Beth Dugger covers all of it. Maps, pictures, index.

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But the boardwalks and observation areas are always open. 4-mile interpretive trail at Hellcat Swamp, divided into the Dunes Trail and the Marsh Trail. Stay on the path – there’s a lot of poison ivy in all seasons. POISON IVY ALERT: Don’t turn the smallest children loose here, or anywhere along the coast where there’s low brush. Poison ivy can put quite a damper on a vacation! On Foot n 45 Plum Island is an especially appealing area in fall and winter, when the insects are dormant, and only a few people realize how exhilarating the windswept island remains.

N 36 Introduction Continental Express, % 800-525-0280, runs a route from Newark, NJ to Martha’s Vineyard. n n US Airways, % 800-428-4322, has year-round service between Martha’s Vineyard and Hyannis, Nantucket, New York, and, seasonally Washington, DC. Charter services are available at the airports on the Islands; see In The Air. ARRIVING BY WATER n Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard, & Nantucket Steamship Authority, % 508-477-8600 and 693-9130. com. Service from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard is yearround, weather permitting.

Reservations are advised, and bring someone to push the chair. PRESERVATION OF NATURAL BEAUTY Although Halibut is now a state park, it benefits from having a private organization interested in its preservation and improvement. This group is called the Friends of Halibut Point State Park (PO Box 710, Rockport, MA 01966). Members participate directly in adding to the natural beauty of the park such as plantings and landscaping; maintain an avid interest in the details of granite quarrying at the Babson Farm Quarry that was once here; and offer suggestions toward how the site should develop.

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