Take the Hike Worcester Challenge! Enjoy a series of hikes that get you out & exploring the landscape! Experience the variety of habitats and natural areas of Worcester!
Those who complete the challenge will be listed on the Roll of Members of the Hike Worcester Challenge (unless they wish to remain anonymous!) and are then eligible to receive a special patch acknowledging their accomplishment!
How the Challenge Works
Hike the trails (note the time, date, and duration of each hike) & fill out the form to let us know! We’ll proclaim your bragging rights & then you are eligible for a patch of your own! Complete all 10 hikes to be eligible for a commemorative patch.
Participants must complete 10 of the following 11 hikes to complete the challenge:
Park on Asnebumskit Road at the trail sign near the summit and walk north to South Street, Holden parking area, OR hike the reverse uphill.
Bovenzi Conservation Area
Start at the end of Maravista Road and hike a loop of the hill, and out and back to Marchen Drive Trailhead.
Cascading Waters to Rte 122 Howe’s Famstand, Take the Cascades Trail to Silver Spring to Meadow Ridge to Silver Spring Trail to Cascades Trail to Cascading Waters.
Starting at the formal trail head across from the Ecotarium and followg the Silver Trail to the summit, loop below summit, and return.
East Side Trail
Start from Shrewsbury Street to Lake Quinsignamond. This hike has some challenging terrain (slope from Shrewsbury Street and scramble from Belmont Street) and length (3.1 mi.) But it is absolutely a great experience!
God’s Acre and Tetasset Ridge
Start at the Esper Ave. parking area trailhead and hike either the south loop to Deed Rock, the north loop to Fowler Gorge, or both as a T.
Holbrook to Donker Farm
This can be hiked in either direction: Salisbury Street trailhead parking following blue blazes to Donker Farm trailhead parking.
A little tricky! Turn onto McCarthy Ave. off of Rte 9 on the Leicester-Worcester Line and cross the bridge. Turn left onto Brook Street, then, on the left, park in front of the forest gate.
Park at Stetson Road off Brattle Street, Walk north on Brattle and cross to Smith Lane, and down Smith Lane, then down the cart path to the left. Hike across bridge. Go by the boulders, across the broken dam, up the road to the pine glen, then back down to the cart road as a loop.
Hike from Walbridge Street trailhead, looping through the conservation area, to Muir Meadow, to Rte 122 (across from Howe’s Farm Stand)
ALTERNATE: Moreland Woods
Hike the loop from the Orrison Street entrance. Moreland HWC Information