On Saturday, May 4, at 9 a.m. the Bioreserve Partners invite hikers to join them at the Freetown/Fall River State Forest Headquarters on Slab Bridge Road in Assonet for the annual Bioreserve Big Walk. The 12-mile hike spans entire length of the Bioreserve but pick-ups are available every 3 to 4 miles for those who only want to complete a portion of the walk.
In 2002 a public/private partnership was formed to permanently protect the largest forest in Bristol County and to create one of the largest tracts of contiguous forest in the Commonwealth. At nearly 14,000-acres, the Bioreserve stretches from Assonet Village in Freetown to Hixville in Dartmouth, covering the entire eastern half of Fall River in between.
Each year in early May the Bioreserve Big Walk takes hikers across the Bioreserve. Along the way, the trail passes through pine/oak forest with a lunch break at Dr. Durfee’s Mill Pond, where the crumbling walls of the old acid mill can still be seen along Mill Brook. In the afternoon, the Esker Trail passes through swamps and vernal pools to Miller Lane, an 18th century cart path that bisects Copicut Woods, and ends along the shores of the Copicut Reservoir where weary walkers can catch a ride back to their cars.
The Big Walk is free and open to all ages. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots and bring insect repellant, sunscreen, a water bottle and a bag lunch. Water refills and trail snacks will be provided along the way. To register or get more information call The Trustees of Reservations at (508) 636-4693 x103, email [email protected], or visit www.thetrustees.org.