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Goat Rock Trail

Posted by mrssmythe on May 24, 2015 in Hiking |

We spent a pleasant afternoon at Hampden Memorial Park today. If you haven’t visited lately, it’s worth a look. The spray park is on and they’ve added a bright new playscape:

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Before exploring that, though, we dragged the kids up Goat Rock Trail which starts at one end of the parking lot, right beside the ball field.

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It’s amazing how quickly you’re out of the park and into the hills.

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This was our first time on the trail and, at the time, I had no idea it connected to Gerrish Park, just over hill. We hiked only to Lookout Point, which took about 15 minutes of steep-ish climbing and offered this fine view:

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Along the way, we enjoyed plenty of late-spring beauty. Little wildflowers….

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Interesting fungi…(I thought these looked like shells!)

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Mossy rocks…

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And these fascinating flowers:

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They’re Pink Ladies Slippers – a member of the orchid family – also know as the moccasin flower. They’re slow growing and some can live for more than twenty years!

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Are you wondering why the trail is called “Goat Rock Trail”? I wondered. At first, I thought it was because you had to be something of a goat, yourself, to make it up the steep bits. But, as it turns out, the trail commemorates a goat who died there in the late 1700’s when it got itself pinned in some rocks. Poor goat. You can still visit the rocks, though we did not because we were on the wrong end of the trail.

From the dining room table, hoping to hike the rest of that trail soon,

Mrs. Smythe

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4 Comments

  • Sarah Bro says:

    Pretty pics! What does it mean “the spray park is on…”….?

    • mrssmythe says:

      They’ve turned on the water in the play area that has all the spray “things” set up – shower features and bucket dumps and sprinklers and such. The kids run through and get splashed and think it’s great fun. Spray parks are pretty popular here – I think there’s less liability than with pools and no lifeguard required.

  • Tea Lady says:

    Loved the flower pictures and their information.

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