Keystone Arches

Becket, Massachusetts

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Hike along a series of dirt roads, jeep trails, and footpaths to the abandoned keystone arch bridges, built in the 1840s and deserted in 1912. Walk along the old rail bed through a hand-dug chasm with 70-foot walls on your way to the last of the arch bridges. The keystone arches were built by hand in the 1840s without mortar. They are the oldest bridges of their kind built for rail use in the United States. The Keystone Arch Bridges Trail, also known as the K.A.B. Trail, is marked with blue trail markers and K.A.B. tags. You will pass through a massive man-made chasm with 70-foot-high walls. Workers only had picks, shovels, and gunpowder to dig out this chasm for train passage. In winter the walls become covered with ice, making an impressive winter wonderland.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Berkshires

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Berkshires

by Jim Bradley (Falcon Guides)

Hike along a series of dirt roads, jeep trails, and footpaths to the abandoned keystone arch bridges, built in the 1840s and deserted in 1912. Walk along the old rail bed through a hand-dug chasm with 70-foot walls on your way to the last of the arch bridges.

The keystone arches were built by hand in the 1840s without mortar. They are the oldest bridges of their kind built for rail use in the United States. The Keystone Arch Bridges Trail, also known as the K.A.B. Trail, is marked with blue trail markers and K.A.B. tags. You will pass through a massive man-made chasm with 70-foot-high walls. Workers only had picks, shovels, and gunpowder to dig out this chasm for train passage. In winter the walls become covered with ice, making an impressive winter wonderland.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Becket
Distance: 4.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Spring for best view of arches
Local Maps: USGS Chester and Becket; park map also available on the park website
Driving Directions: Directions to Keystone Arches

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