West Hill Dam

Posted By on August 14, 2014

West Hill Dam

4.9 miles, 2.6 mph; uxbridge, ma

it was a beautiful day for a hike, sunny and cool. this was a very easy trail, mostly flat, mostly on old woods roads, and covered in pine needles. there were lots of runners and dog walkers out.

moon over the dam

moon over the dam

you can just barely make it out, but the moon was out over the dam. this is an army corps of engineers facility, like west thompson lake in connecticut. and like that property, this one is well maintained and well marked.

old mill race

old mill race

this dam is on the west river in uxbridge, massachusetts. i imagine there were lots of mills in the area to take advantage of the water power of the river, and i’m guessing this was the site of one of them. it looks like a channel for directing water.

the trail

the trail

this is mostly what the trail looked like, particularly the western part of the loop, southbound. straight, smooth, level and covered in pine needles. i was able to make pretty good time, for me.

the west river

the west river

ironically, you never really get to see the river from the woodland trail. this shot of the river is from the bridge that is part of the short road-walking segment of the trail at its northernmost point.

markers

markers

i didn’t notice anything going northbound, but on the southern leg of the trail you come upon a granite marker post with an “n” on one side, for northbridge, and a “u” on the other side for uxbridge. kinda cool.

i have added this hike to the hikefinder.

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