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Fall Hike 2018 - Callahan State Forest

posted Oct 20, 2018, 7:03 AM by Scout Marlboro   [ updated Oct 23, 2018, 7:21 PM ]

Pack 31 will be taking our fall hike in Callahan State Forest on Sunday, Oct 28, 2018.  

We’ll be meeting at the North Entrance at 9:30 am for an 9:45 briefing and a hard start at 10:00 am. 

The hike should take about 90 minutes and we expect to be wrapped up by 12:00 pm at the latest.  We will be stopping for a break so bring a nutritious snack.

Scouts should pack a day-pack with the Cub Scout Six Essentials for Going Outdoors:

  1. First Aid Kit: A kit should include a few adhesive bandages, some moleskin (a sticky bandage that you can put over a blister to keep it from getting worse or rubbing), and a bandage or two.

  2. Filled water bottle: Make sure it is big enough to carry water for you to drink through your whole hike and back. And make sure it is full when you start out! It is not safe to drink water you find along the trail.

  3. Flashlight: Check your batteries to make sure they have plenty of juice. Your flashlight will be used only in an emergency, so save the batteries for times when you really need them!

  4. Trail food: Trail mix or a granola bar provides quick energy when you need it.

  5. Sun Protection: A hat and sunscreen (should be SPF 30 or greater).

  6. Whistle: It's only for emergencies, but a whistle will last longer than your voice.

Callahan State Park is a 820-acre state-owned, public recreation area located in the town of Framingham and the city of Marlborough, Massachusetts.  Callahan has seven miles of marked trails and is used for activities including fishing, hiking, horseback riding (horses not provided) and cross-country skiing. Within the park are nearly 100 acres of open fields.  A trail map can be found here.

The park is home to a wide variety of trees both coniferous and deciduous. Wildlife spotted at Callahan State Park include snapping turtles, spotted turtles, red bellied turtles, white tail deer, garter and water snakes, tree frogs, most New England frog and toad varieties, minks, fisher cat, red fox, coyote, largemouth bass at Eagle Pond, various common trout, pumpkin seeds and blue gills, herons, egrets, bobolinks, goldfinches, orioles, red tail hawks, mocking birds, sparrows, swifts, swallows, grackles, cow birds, cat birds, barred owl, other various birds of prey, robins, cardinals, blue jays and other New England birds. Deer flies, ticks, and mosquitoes are common. Garter snakes can be seen basking on the hot dirt paths in spring and summer.

We are parking at the North Entrance of the forest.  Follow Broadmeadow St past the Wayside Racket and Swim Club.  Follow the road straight at the intersection onto Nourse St.  It is the first dirt parking lot on your left.  We might have to double park and stack the cars up but we can also park on the paved road.  Here is a map with directions from Jaworek:

Directions to North Entrance