Northampton Campus Trail Map:
Our north campus trail, which begins at the end of Shallowbrook Lane, appears on the Map of trails at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area. On that map, look at the bottom, next to the mileage scale. Our north campus trail is marked “loop trail.”
The trail is well marked with tree blazes and signs. It is a bit hilly, with tree roots and stones underfoot.
Description of Walking Trails at Easthampton Campus
We have 140 acres of wetland, woods, fields, streams, and ponds. Wander to your heart’s content. Very few people are out there, so it’s really quiet and peaceful.
Trails #1 and #2 are the easiest: level, packed dirt, fairly smooth. All the trails are quite level or only gently rolling, but difficulty arises with the roughness of ground under foot, and in some seasons, wetness of ground or shallow streams to cross. Trails are marked on the map beginning where the pavement ends. No trails are paved.
Description of Trails
- Fire Lane Trail. Easy. Begins at the end of Mulberry Lane. A level, dirt/gravel path with wetlands on both sides.
- Bassett Brook Trail. Easy. Begins at the end of Bassett Brook Road, by the blue garden shed. A wide, level, dirt path through a lovely woods, with a bench along the way. At the meadow, Trail #7 consists of mowed paths through the grasses and wildflowers. Gentle inclines and a bit rough underfoot. On the west side of the meadow, blue marks on the trees lead to a bluff overlooking Bassett Brook (poison ivy on this part of the trail). Or walk downhill to the north end of the meadow where the dotted path leads down a small slope to the edge of Bassett Brook–very beautiful!
- Addison’s Oak Trail. Walk down Cranberry Lane, then down a small grassy hill to a gravel path that leads to the community garden. The meadow beyond the garden has mowed paths but the ground has not been leveled or paved, so a bit rough underfoot. Across from the garden, to the north, is Addison’s Oak, 250 years old. Past the oak, in the woods, the dotted trail to Sunny Field can be very wet.
- Mulberry Lane Meadow Trail. Go around the Mulberry Lane homes to the mowed paths that wind through this gorgeous, slightly hilly meadow. Walk to high ground for a sweeping vista. At the west end, beyond where the trail is marked on the map, you can walk through the woods to Bassett Brook. Quiet and peaceful back there.
- Farmer’s Field Trail. Walk down Teaberry Lane, behind the homes, and across the meadow to reach Farmer’s Field. The ground is very rough underfoot. At the field’s west end, the path is dotted because you have to step over (or through) a small creek before the Mid-Woods Meadow.
- North Field Trail. From Farmer’s Field, pass through one of the breaks in the wooded hedgerow to reach this gently rolling field of wildflowers and grasses. Ground is a bit rough underfoot. At the west end is a small field variously planted in alfalfa, peas, and turnips, left for wildlife to eat.
- Mid-Wood Meadow Trail. See #2, above.
- Cranberry Meadow Trail. Enter this meadow by the Community Garden (see #3). Paths are mowed through the grasses. The north side of the field is very wet. (Trail descriptions by Barbara Walvoord)