In the interest of trying to reverse the effects of not taking care of myself for the last forty years, I have begun walking around my hometown, Southbridge, and surrounding areas. I’m ashamed to admit it but for so many years I never knew of the beauty surrounding me. Whether it is walking through the neighborhoods of Southbridge or the many hiking trails (who knew?) around me I have been constantly surprised by what I see.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to hike the McKinstry Brook Wildlife Management Area. What a beautiful area. Currently, there are two separate trailheads and the two trails do not connect. It seems the tornado of a few years ago decided to come through the middle of the area.
I don’t know if there are plans to reconnect them, but it would be nice if they did. The two trails are completely different in character. The southern end only briefly interacts with the brook but is surrounded by mountain laurel, ferns, and stone walls.
The north section follows the river more closely and presents the hiker with a symphony of water music (okay a little corny).
Eventually, you will find yourself on an old road to somewhere.
If you are looking for a place to spend some time in the outdoors, Mckinstry Brook Wildlife Area is a great place to do it.