9 The Guide to NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS • SPRING/SUMMER 2019 is also available at a trailhead near Newton Reservoir). Petersham From a beaver pond on the slopes of the Swift River Valley in Peter- sham, Rutland Brook cascades over mossy boulders in a forest of giant hemlocks and white pines. An easy walk along the shore of Connor Pond will bring you to the Rutland Brook Loop Trail in 10-15 min- utes. To reach this Mass Audubon sanctuary, take Route 122 north to Connor Pond at the Petersham- Barre town line, then follow the dirt road along the pond’s east side to the trailhead. Barre Cook’s Canyon, a rocky gorge where Galloway Brook flows over an old stone mill pond dam and down a steep hill, was a popular 19th-century tourist attraction in Barre. Today an old cart road, part of an easy loop trail, parallels the brook to a view- point at the top of the chasm. The sanc- tuary (also owned by Mass Audubon) is on South Street, 0.3 miles from the town common. Ashby In the northern portion of Willard Brook State Forest in Ashby, Trap Falls features a distinctive triple cascade into a shallow rocky pool. From a roadside parking area Discover Your Family Fun Getaway on the north side of Route 119 (1 mile east of Damon Pond), it’s an easy five- minute walk to the falls and a picnic area. If you have time for a longer outing, check out the scenic path along Willard Brook, which passes a covered bridge near Da- mon Pond.. — Text and Photos by John Burk Spirit Falls The Pines 4-Season Campground 39 Davis Road • Ashby, MA 01431 • (978) 386-7702 http://thepinescampground.com • camping@thepinescampground.com Wilderness Camping to Full Hookup Sites A Rustic Family Campground to Enjoy and Return to Often! Just 10 miles from Rt. 2 Pond & Stream Fishing Large Recreation Hall Hot Showers 50 Amp Service Spacious Sites RV Supplies TV & WIFI Swimming Pool Playground Picnic Tables & Fire Rings Firewood & Ice The Pines 4-Season Campground Just 10 miles from Rt. 2 RV Supplies TV & WIFI The Pines 4-Season Campground