Old Growth Forest Walking Tour

Amherst History Museum Walking Tours

Old Growth Forest Walking Tour

Sunday, November 12, 10am to 12pm (registration is full)

Did you know that the Town of Amherst has an old growth forest in its midst? Did you know that this old growth forest is home to a Black Birch that is among the largest trees of that species in Massachusetts?

This autumn, the Amherst History Museum has offered three hikes to look at and talk about a local old growth forest and its trees. The final hike will take place on Sunday, November 12 from 10am to 12pm.

This hike is strictly limited to 12 people and registration is required. The cost is $10.00 for Amherst History Museum members, $15.00 for non-members. The fee supports the ongoing care and maintenance of the “Groom Tree,” the 260 year old sycamore tree that stands in front of the Simeon Strong House, home to the Amherst Historical Society & Museum.

The hike will be led by Elisa Campbell who took noon-time walks in the wilder parts of this old forest. One day 20 or more years ago she realized that the tree she was standing next to had bark that looked like the bark she had seen on trees during  “Old Growth Walks” led by the Massachusetts expert on Old Growth, Bob Leverett. So she started exploring the area, bringing other people to explore it, and writing about it for the Amherst Bulletin and the Sierra Club. She is glad to be able to share it with more people now.

Note: The conditions are somewhat difficult. You should expect uneven ground and very steep sections. If we’ve had rain, parts will be slippery. Wear sturdy boots (bring hiking poles if you have them) and dress for the weather.

The hikes will take place shine or light rain. Heavy rain cancels.

Meeting location and parking information provided upon registration.

Elisa Campbell and black birch

Elisa Campbell with black birch tree. Photo by Michael Amato