STERLING — The Sterling Land Trust will lead hikers on a fall hike starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, to experience the recently established Allenwood Trail. Rain date is 2 p.m. Nov. 3.
Jim French, co-founder of Sterling Land Trust, will lead the hike, which will present views toward farmlands along Tuttle Road. Later, the route will cross the Wekepeke Brook on a new bridge and lead to open fields before arriving at the turnaround point at North Row Road.
The trail is named after Charles Allen, who farmed Crystal Brook Farm for most of his life. He was a nature lover, an avid bird watcher and a wood carver. After retiring from farming, he became a hiker, partly on his own network of trails. Allen donated 27 acres to Sterling Land Trust in 2001.
The full trail length is slightly over 4 miles, so expect a 2- to 2.5-hour hike. If the weather is less than perfect, there are options for a shorter route. The route chosen for the Allenwood Trail is about half on new trails and half on existing trails and roads in the Wekepeke Watershed area.
The trailhead and kiosk are on the east side of Heywood Road, 0.3 miles from Rowley Hill Road. There is parking for four to five cars. Participants are encouraged to carpool.