Trip report

Chesterfield Gorge (Mass.) Hike

Half Day Hike DATE: 08/07/2021 - 08/07/2021

Trip/Event Location: Chesterfield, Mass., MA

Trip Leader(s): TomKerner

Max # People: 10

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Meet at parking lot;  walk along trail next to the gorge until the trail meets the road.  Walk on dirt road about 4 miles downstream.  Have lunch next to the Westfield River, then

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Take Route 9 west from Northampton about 5 miles past the VA Medical Center.

Just past the village of Williamsburg, take a left on Route 143 (Chesterfield Road).  Follow 143 about 7 miles.

In West Chesterfield immediately after crossing the bridge over the Westfield River take a left onto Ireland St.

After about a mile take a left into the parking lot of Trustees of Reservations property.

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From the Trustees of Reservations parking lot we took the path next to the gorge downstream until it connected to the dirt  road;  then continued downstream past the second (flatwater) gorge;  there the  road ran next to swampy river bottom with hordes of mosquitoes, so we decided to head back upstream for lunch break at a small promintory overlooking the river;  afterward, we headed back up to the parking lot & dispersed from there.  

Total miles:  about 9 3/4 along gently sloping road with minor elevation gains.

The road runs about 7 miles from Chesterfield Gorge to Knightville Dam with minimal motorized traffic - perhaps a venue for a future bicycle ride.

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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • A really fine group of guys to hike with at the Gorge. The outing was significan for being more convenient for Springfiled/Hartford members. Thanks to Tom Kerner for organizing this local event. Trust that there will be more events offering a day trip. - swimfit
  • Very enjoyable conversations. - TomKerner
  • Very enjoyable conversations. - TomKerner

Members That Participated


Outdoor Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate

Chicopee, MA

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Hartford, CT

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Easy

Springfield, MA

United States
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