The dirt roads from Gates 24 and 25 converge and then in short while converge with the road from Gate 22. Near this intersection once lay the village of Puppyville, home of the first gristmill in New Salem; old foundations bear witness of past lives. Further east the main road splits, the trail to the right leads to the shore of Quabbin Reservoir, a total of 1½ to 2 miles from the gates. The trail to the left takes a slightly longer route to the shore and then continues north along it, eventually connecting with a road from Gates 26 and 27. The view from both the north and the south trails afford breathtaking view of some of the islands of the Quabbin—islands that were hilltops before the creation of the reservoir. Another pleasure of these trails is their flirtation with the sparkling waters of Hop Brook.Directions:
From Rte. 2, take Exit 16 and go south on Rte. 202.
To Gate 25: Turn left at sign for New Salem Center. Continue on South Main St. to end.
To Gate 24: Turn left at Whitaker Rd., bear left at Russell Rd., and continue to end.
To Gate 22: Turn left at Shutesbury Rd., bear left at second intersection, and continue to end.
Quabbin Administration Bldg.
485 Ware Rd.
Belchertown, MA 01007