Come to “connect” at the reservoir and discover the fascinating history and trails of a secondary water source for Holyoke, South Hadley’s neighboring city, while also respecting and protecting an environmental asset. Participants may either walk or bike the planned route and there will be a group leader for each mode.
This is a fun event for family and friends, no matter what age.
The approximately 60-90-minute trek on the reservoir’s main trail loop is 2.5 miles in length (the biking group will enjoy a slightly longer route around the reservoir). The main route is flat with only one minor, gradual ascent and descent. The trail surface is a mix of dirt and rock dust, which could be wet and muddy in places, depending on recent weather conditions.
Wear weather-appropriate clothing and safe footwear, and bring water and optional snacks.
For the VBS bike tryout, please bring a bike helmet if possible; if not, a small number of bike helmets will be available.
Meet at 12:45 PM at the Elks Lodge parking lot at 250 Whitney Ave., Holyoke. DIRECTIONS: From South Hadley, take I-91 South, Exit 15. Stay to the right off the exit and continue on Lower Westfield Rd. Cross Homestead Ave. and take the first right onto Whitney Ave. Park in the lot closest to the reservoir gate (pass the Elks Lodge brick building on the right to enter this lot).
Please be aware that the reservoir gate is not designated as handicap-accessible, requiring participants to either pass underneath the gate arm or through the adjacent, narrow opening. Bikes will pass underneath the gate arm.
NO dogs are allowed (except for bona fide service dogs) due to the ecologically sensitive reservoir environment.
Non-enjoyable (steady rain downpour) or hazardous inclement weather/conditions will force a cancellation; if that should appear necessary, please check the Town’s website (www.southhadley.org) for a Community News notification.
For questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Ashley Reservoir and ValleyBike Share, visit www.holyoke.org/ashley-reservoir/and www.valleybike.org