Chester-Blandford State Forest

Chester, Massachusetts 01011

Chester-Blandford State Forest

Chester-Blandford State Forest Professional Review and Guide

"The Westfield River begins as three streams draining the eastern slope of the Berkshire Hills, and then flows into the Connecticut River at Agawam. State highways and railroads run parallel along its length, including US 20, which leads you here.

This hike begins with a steep climb to the cliffs above, with their soaring views up and down the river valley. The hike then traverses around these cliffs, called Observation Hill, before descending to the foot of a waterfall where Sanderson Brook flows into the Westfield River."

Chester-Blandford State Forest Reviews

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Finding the tail head was easy enough, but that's where the easy part ended. The trail in this guide is only one of many options, none of which is described anywhere onsite. Once we were midway up the initial hill, we started to followed blue markers with chestnuts sign, which bypassed the down and up again section of the "guide trail" as we found out later. Second half of the trail was very rocky and somehow uncomfortable road that had no markers whatsover. Only reason for 3 stars is that the trail went through some beutiful forest-like surroundings with bubbly streams, which almost made up for everything else.
A good trip with family. The initial trek up the Newman Marsh Memorial trail is a good workout for 0.6 miles. The overlook of Westfield valley at 0.8 miles is magnificent, also saw 6 Harlan Hawks gliding gracefully at this spot (similar to red tail hawks but darker.) Walk along Cole Estate road is okay (lots of mosquiotos). The Sanderson Brook Falls at 3.0 mile mark was absolutely a must for families. Hike up falls to a nice pool, can slide off rocks into it! Well worth the hike!
Tough trail, but worth the hike. A little icy during this time of year.
Not especially well maintained. We did a slightly different approach, starting at park hedqaurters and found the map at the trailhead to be inaccurate. One trail we couldn't even find, it was so grown over ... and in another case, there was a primitive road not even on the map that started exactly where the bypass trail was to start ... we went far to far on the road that we thought was the trail before we went back and went back the way we came. Spoke with hikers comingthe other direction and they too had trails just peter our. 2 hour hike wound up at 5 and we saw no mare than a dozen trail blaze markers.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Best in Fall
Chester-Blandford State Forest headquarters, Chester; (413) 354-6347
Local Contacts
USGS Chester, MA and Blandford, MA
Local Maps

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Jul 2018