Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Easy Walks in Franklin - Dacey Fields

We are fortunate to be able to share a few excerpts from "Easy Walks in Massachusetts: Bellingham, Blackstone, Franklin, Hopedale, Medway, Milford, Millis, Uxbridge, Wrentham, and Woonsocket, RI" recently published byMarjorie Turner Hollman. This is the second in the series.

trail at Dacey Field
trail at Dacey Field

Notable: Brook with board walks; 18-hole disc golf course. Circular trail.

Trail Map: Not available presently.

GPS Coordinates: 42°7'12.81"N, 71°23'56.89"W

Directions: At Franklin’s town common, Main St. is to the right of St. Mary’s Church. Take Main Street away from the downtown .2 mile, bear right at the little red schoolhouse to stay on Lincoln St. for about 2 miles, go past elementary and middle school on left, and Dacey Athletic Fields are on the next left, .5 mile past school complex. Trailhead is just to the left of the fenced-in dog park area. Look for sign for Dacey Disc Golf Course.

Cost: None.

Bathrooms: Port-a-Potties at field near parking lot.

Best time to visit: Accessible year round.

Trail conditions: Narrow boardwalks, wide, unimproved trails, roots and rocks in trail, relatively flat.

Distance: A network of trails makes distance variable. Less than a mile.

The woodland trails behind the sports fields have been developed as a “disc golf course.” (little plastic discs tossed at targets). This network of trails now has arrows indicating where the “golf course” trail goes, but the trail is still essentially a large loop that crosses a small stream several times as it flows through the area. A series of boardwalks enable walkers to get through muddy areas of the trail. 
A dog park has recently been added to the Dacey Athletic Fields complex. Dogs are permitted at the dog park and on leashes on the trails. No dogs on athletic fields. 
The Recreation Department has posted multiple warnings on its website against sledding at the Dacey field complex. Insect repellent is advisable in warmer weather.

You can obtain your own copy of this book via this Amazon link

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