Hiking Southern New England
by Rhonda & Greg Ostertag (Falcon Guides)
© Rhonda & Greg Ostertag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
This hike went along poorly maintained trails that were frequently underwater and/or badly marked. The main path to the peak of Bald Hill was flooded by a beaver dam -- hikers had the option of fording a stagnant, knee-deep pond or clambering over and possibly damaging a wild animal's home. The mosquitos and ticks were out of control, and we were forced to sprint clear of swarming, blood-sucking bug clouds on multiple occasions. And, frankly -- with the single exception of a great blue heron sighting -- the scenery was not worth the trouble. Bald Hill was not particularly bald, and had no view to speak of; the remainder of the forest was nice enough, but the North Shore has plenty of better maintained parks with equally scenic forests and nature walks. If you must visit, aim for the fall, when there will be fewer bugs and pleasant foliage. Otherwise, don't waste your time.
Too flooded to follow the trail listed and even this early in the season it was mosquito and tick infested. I have already pulled 30 ticks off the dog, and 1 off each child and adult. We were mosquito treats even with repellant on.
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