Trolley tour traverses nature and military history at Devens
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Posted: Saturday, July 26, 2014
By: Lynne Klaft, Correspondent
DEVENS — Central Massachusetts has about 1,500 miles of walking and bicycling trails; even more if one includes the state parks, snowmobile trails and equestrian trails.
On Saturday, the Freedom’s Way Heritage Association, the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, and the Fort Devens Museum hosted the second in a year-long, monthly “Connecting Communities” event showcasing the trails and history of the Fort Devens-area, a once vast military base and training center.
The day’s events started with an hour-and-a-half hike through the wildlife refuge led by Rona Balco. Forty hikers saw the remnants of the Union Turnpike trail, a stagecoach road that spanned from Concord to Leominster, and learned about the native animals protected within the refuge and the history of the area back to colonial times along the Tank Trail. When the U.S. armored battalion was stationed at Fort Devens, they brought tanks from the base to the training area along this trail that travels beneath Route 2.