Keystone Arches Bridge Trail and Float

Chester, Massachusetts 1011

Elevation Gain34ft
Trailhead Elevation767ft
Elevation Min/Max733/767ft
Elevation Start/End767/767ft

Keystone Arches Bridge Trail and Float

Keystone Arches Bridge Trail & Float is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Chester, Massachusetts. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 767 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 34 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: Herbert Cross Road.

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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."

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USGS Chester and Becket; park map also available on the park website
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Jul 2018