New Marlborough: Take a hike, have a feast
The New Marlborough Land Trust will host a "Hike-able Feast" to officially open a 1.3 mile loop walking path on the 114-acre parcel the nonprofit bought in late December.
The trail runs atop a beautiful gorge along Willow Creek and the Umpachene River, according to land trust officials.
The celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. features food prepared by Gedney Farm, The Flour Bin, Berkshire Bounty Farm, The Farm New Marlborough and Mill River Farm. The trail head starts beneath an 8-foot banner listing the 200 individuals, land groups, town entities and businesses who contributed toward the $260,000 purchase price.
The single-largest acquisition in the land trust's 34-year existence brings its total to 589 acres — mostly donated — since the group was formed in 1983.
The preserve entrance is found at the intersection of routes 183 and 57, 100 yards from Gedney Farm.
Adjacent to the village of New Marlborough, the preserve was once part of the the 245-acre Kolburne School campus that closed in June of 2012. The remaining 131 acres, that include the private, therapeutic facility for high school age students, remain in separate ownership.
Land trust officials consider the pristine property a key link to nearby conserved land owned by the state, The Trustees of Reservations and Berkshire Natural Resources Council.
Reach staff writer Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233
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