Chicopee Woods: West Lake and East Lake Trails Professional Review and Guide
"The West Lake Trail begins in open hardwoods and drops to bottomland forest in the Walnut Creek Valley. You’ll pass an impressive 150-foot suspension bridge that crosses Walnut Creek, and traverse more hilly terrain to reach Chicopee Lake. Formed in 1973, the lake has a good overlook and detailed interpretive information on the wetland ecology and is prime birding territory.
The center even runs an educational program for students called “Birds of a Feather.” From the edge of the lake, you’ll circle the Chicopee Aquatic Studies Center, which has a long boardwalk used for educating people about lake wildlife. Then, you pick up the East Lake Trail, which winds through hills of pines and hardwoods, descends into bottomland woods, and finally climbs through oaks to meet the Mathis Loop Trail. Note that the trail is dog-friendly except Monday–Friday 9 am–3 pm."