The Town of Auburn is very excited to be finishing construction on the Town’s new hiking trail located at the Dr. Arthur and Dr. Martha Pappas Recreation Complex. This project was funded through a $15,000 grant from the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc., which we became eligible for once the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 21, 2014. The Act increased the size of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor to include the town of Auburn, making us eligible to apply for various grants.
Through the grant funding, with an in-kind match of services from Planning and DPW including design and construction, the trail was surveyed, designed and created. A map was also created and is available at the site. The trail is steep and challenging, so this is not an accessible walking trail, but truly a hiking trail for the adventurous.
The Pakachoag Hiking Trail links the Pappas Recreation Complex and Auburn’s recently acquired land, Southold Meadows. Auburn’s Department of Public Works did a tremendous job building a footbridge, placing various walking stones, clearing brush and crafting all the signage along the trail. Town Planner, Matthew Benoit designed the trail map and oversaw the grant.
A web site has been created with information on the trail.~ http://www.auburnguide.com/pages/auburnMA_hikingtrail/hiking. You can find field guides, rules and regulations, trail maps and Blackstone Heritage Corridor Events.
The ribbon cutting will take place on September 29th at 12:00 noon at the entrance of the trail, located to the right of the concession stand at the Dr. Arthur & Dr. Martha Pappas Recreation Complex, 203A Pakachoag Street, Auburn.