The Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area is managed by the Broad Brook Coalition in cooperation with the Northampton Conservation Commission.
Trail info and map can be picked up at the parking area. The area is a 625 acre conservation area where lots of wildlife can be seen. I went yesterday on New Years Day for a cold days walk and at the info center some impressive night time pictures were posted of bear, deer, beaver, and bobcat. You can choose a few trails in the woods or around the lake. I was hiking with my dog (dogs on leash) and there were plenty of snowshoe and ski tracks from the day’s previous snowfall. Hiking is considered easy on flat terrain, yet I rated the area moderate as there are lots of down trees, rocks, and streams to cross. The trails are well marked and the area is not well used, so you can go on a midweek day and not see anybody there - very peaceful.
There are 3 parking areas to get into the Conservation Area.
The one I use goes in by the lake, easy to get to off RT 5/10 in Northampton. Take Bridge St off Rt 5/10 towards the Jr High School. Take a right down North Farms Rd and about .5 mile down on the right is a small parking area for about 10 cars. The kiosk is visible with trail maps so you know you are in the right area.
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