Sunday, April 23, 2017, 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Massachusetts, Boston Area,
Level 5-mi. walk along historic canal N to Chelmsford, 1:30-4pm. Joint Middlesex Canal Association - Appalachian Mountain Club Spring Walk. Meet at 1:30pm at the Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitor Center at the Faulkner Mill at 71 Faulkner Street in North Billerica. The Museum and Visitor Center, including the bookstore, will open at 12 noon. The 2-2½ hour walk will cover part of the Merrimack branch of the canal in Billerica and Chelmsford, about 3 to 4 miles over generally level wooded terrain and streets. Sites to visit en route will include a guard lock, the anchor stone for the floating towpath that bridged the Concord River, and many stretches of watered canal. From Rte. 95/128, take Rte. 3 N to exit 28, Treble Cove Rd., L towards N. Billerica 1.7 mi., L on Rte. 3A/129 0.7 mi., R on Lowell St. 0.7 mi. becomes Faulkner St., cross river at Faulkner Mills, R into pkg. lot opp. Middlesex Canal Museum. Middlesex Canal signs point the way.
On I-495, take the N. Billerica exit south to the road's end at a T intersection, turn right, then bear right at the Y, go 700' and turn left into the parking lot. The museum is across the street. North Billerica, exit 37, is between Rte. 3 and I-93. On Route 3, take exit 28, Treble Cove Road. Exit 28 is 7 miles north of Route 128/I-95. Middlesex Canal signs point the way but here are the details: At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Treble Cove Road toward North Billerica. At about 3/4 mile, bear left at a fork. After another 3/4 mile, at a traffic light, cross straight over Route 3A. Go about 1/4 mile to a 3-way fork; take the middle road, Talbot Street, which will put St. Andrew's Church on your left. Go about 1/4 mile and bear right onto Old Elm Street. Go about 1/4 mile to the falls, where Old Elm becomes Faulkner Street; the Museum is on your left and you can park across the street on your right, just beyond the Billerica Falls. [By train, take the Lowell line to N. Billerica Station and walk west two blocks.]