The SNETT trail is one of the hidden gems in Franklin. Regular readers will recognize that I walk there frequently. I always find it amazing to stop and think about how the trail was built. The Franklin section is relatively flat. There is one section after Spring St where there was blasting done at some point to cut through a stone ridge. The cut was done many years ago and not like the pristine cuts we are familiar with along the major interstate highways.
The Bellingham section, between Prospect St and Center St is more amazing as you find yourself elevated well above the surrounding terrain. Stop and think about how they did that? That would have been done in the days of horse or donkey draw carts with hand tools, picks and shovels. That was a whole lot of earth to move to lay out the train line.
I don't forget those nameless workers as I walk and enjoy what they have prepared for us to enjoy years later. You can have an easier time helping the Rail Trail Committee continue its work to improve upon the existing trail conditions.
"Join us for our annual FUNdraiser at Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits on Sunday, January 28, 1-4 PM.
Tickets are $10/person.
Pour Richard's will be offering beer and wine tastings. We will have snacks, door prizes, and live entertainment by pianist Patrick Durkin (2-3 PM).
Come learn more about the trail and Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee.
All proceeds from the tickets are 100% donation to the FBRTC and Pour Richard's is donating portion of the proceeds from event sales. Stock up for the Super Bowl!"
Find the Rail Trail FUNdraising event on Facebook
|town line marker as you return to Franklin from Bellingham|
|a section of the Bellingham stretch, off to the left of this photo is where you really see the land drop off|
|the section cut out of the rocks in Franklin can be wet as it is a low point |
but there is almost always a dry path on the side
|new sign for the trail entrance along Spring St in Franklin|