Trail Last Updated: 05/06/2024

Whitaker Woods

Whitaker Woods offers miles of intersecting flat trails that form loops and out-and-back paths that make for a wide variety of walks.  Loops may be 0.7 – 1.0 miles or much longer if done together. Flat, forest floor, pine needle and wood chip surface that’s more than 5 feet wide. Start near the visitors shed and progress heading east around the far perimeter of the ballfield, then into the woods. Stay west of the railroad tracks or go over the tracks and turn left and loop back.  Watch for white directional arrows on the trees. You are joined by plentiful numbers of dogs, other walkers and runners or skiers and snowshoers in winter.  Parking at Whitaker Woods lot off Route 16 just after Pine Street or at John Fuller School.

Please be aware of the logging that is taking place to remove the dead and dying red oaks that suffered from the two years of spongy moth infestation and last year’s mid May killing frost.  Heartbreaking as it is to see the gapping holes in the forest, many of the trails are still very enjoyable.

Last updated May 20, 2024

Whitaker Woods

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Helpful Tips

  1. Plan and educate yourself about the difficulty ratings of walking paths – easy, moderate or difficult. Carry a guidebook with maps or take a photograph of kiosk trail head maps.
  2. Walk with a friend for safety and companionship. If hiking alone, be sure to tell a friend or a relative where you are hiking. Carry a smart phone, but also ensure there is coverage.
  3. Stay on designated paths, respect private and public land. Be considerate of animal wildlife habitat and wild plants – take pictures and leave nature undisturbed.
  4. Stay hydrated, carry water and snacks.
  5. Have appropriate hiking footwear with good traction.
  6. Wear appropriate clothing based on daily weather conditions and temperatures. Consider sunglasses, insect repellent (ticks), layers, trekking poles, and in the winter – micro spikes, YakTrax or snowshoes.
  7. Carry out trash and keep pets on leash unless otherwise posted and bring bags to dispose of pet wastes.
  8. Assess the parking situation at the trailhead, be sure to lock your vehicle and do not leave any valuables in the car.
  9. Take a few minutes to stretch and warm up before hiking.
  10. Stop regularly to ensure everyone is comfortable with the pace, the terrain, and their physical condition.
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