History hike with 2 options (shorter or longer)! Hikers will have an easy, fairly flat, moderately paced walk along the former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, it was the shortest freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States.
Options: hike to the bridge overlooking Center Springs Park and Bigelow Brook, OR walk all the way to the South End -- 3 or 5 miles round trip.
Participants will hear about the history of the railroad and see maps and old pictures. A special favor will be given to children who attend the hike. No dogs, please.