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Richardson Overlook

A short walk up the trail to this hidden spot on the eastern edge of Northfield Massachusetts repays the hiker amply with spectacular views of peaks and mountains in every direction—Mount Grace, Mount Ascutney, Mount Wachusett, Mount Monadnock, and myriad smaller hills.

In order to ensure public access to this beautiful scenic recreation destination, Mount Grace is fundraising to purchase and make stewardship improvements to the 38-acre mountain top property in Northfield in partnership with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).

Over the years, Sam and Barbara Richardson built a network of trails here, creating a 180-degree lookout point on the trail and protecting the land with a conservation restriction held by the town as part of Mount Grace’s Metacomet Monadnock Forest Legacy Project in 2011. Ultimately the Richardsons and their friend Mike Zlogar built a cabin and tent platforms on the summit to be enjoyed by hikers on the New England National Scenic Trail, which runs through the property.

Mount Grace and AMC are now drafting an agreement under which AMC would manage the cabin, camping, and trail, while Mount Grace will own and steward the land. This partnership will ensure that the Richardsons’ legacy, a stunning mountaintop setting where we are free to immerse ourselves in nature, will continue to be not just free from development, but open to all in perpetuity.

Thanks to the generous donations from the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and retired Congressman John Olver (Honorary Chair of The Land Forever campaign), we are one step closer to meeting our goal. Help Mount Grace ensure permanent access at the site for all by supporting today!

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