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Submitted By: Wintermachine on April 12, 2010

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Massachusetts » Western Mass-Pioneer Valley

Brookfield Orchard Beginner Loop

This is an easy nordic tour that is about 3.5 miles around the orchard.  While there are some tougher trails, the general route is to start at the Toll Road towards the left, turn right onto Mac Run at the bottom of the hill. Follow the Old East Brookfield Road, then turn to follow Lincoln Road,   Cross over the road, get back on North Connector, go uphill and then turn onto Oak Run (which is the easiest trail). 

After you cross the road again, you will continue on Oak Run, follow the stone wall, get on Great Woods Trail (which is rated more difficult) and head across the open field (hay U) into the woods.  Take Fruit Loop around the upper orchard, and then get back on the North Connector Trail.  Stay on North Connector through the orchard, turn left onto Mac Run, and make the short ascent to the parking lot.



One heck of an amazing park. Makes for some very nice and casual touring and cross country skiing. Check out the National Park website:

How to Get There

Here are the directions given by the National Park Service:

Acadia National Park is located along the rugged, rocky coast of "Downeast" Maine. Most of the park is located on Mount Desert Island, which is accessible by vehicle. The park is approximately six hours north of Boston.
By Car * From Boston take I-95 north to Augusta, Maine, then Route 3 east to Ellsworth and on to Mount Desert Island.

* For an alternate route, continue on I-95 north to Bangor, Maine, then take Route 1A east to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, take Route 3 to Mount Desert Island. * Hulls Cove Visitor Center (April 15-October 31) is located on Route 3 north of Bar Harbor. Park Headquarters is located on Route 233 (Eagle Lake Road), two miles west of Bar Harbor. * In the winter, access is limited; see Operating Hours & Seasons. Distances from Other Cities Location Bangor, ME 50 miles 1 hour Portland, ME 161 miles 3.5 hours Kittery, ME 211 miles 4.5 hours Boston, MA 264 miles 6 hours New York, NY 492 miles 10 hours Saint John, New Brunswick 227 miles 5 hours Montreal, Quebec 424 miles 8 hours Halifax, Nova Scotia 500 miles 10 hours By Plane Direct flights from Boston's Logan Airport land at the Hancock County Airport, located 10 miles from Acadia National Park. National airlines serve the Bangor International Airport, about one hour from the park. Car rentals are available at both airports. By Boat A ferry to Nova Scotia sails between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Schedules vary depending on the season.

Phone 877-359-3760.

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