North Quabbin Trails Association
The North Quabbin Trails Association is located in the historic hills and river basins of north central Massachusetts We have many miles of newly connected trails and would like to extend a unique and educational opportunity to NEMBA members.
NQTA is a Trail Design & Development, Stewardship and Hiking non-profit organization dedicated to collaboration. It seeks to bring together the entire outdoor trail community for the betterment of the North Quabbin Region.
Our core mission is the creation of the Quabbin to Monadnock Trail (Q&M), a 200+ mile East – West Forest Legacy Loop Trail with 12-15 overnight shelters. The West side is the N.E. Scenic Trail. The East side is a series of preexisting trail systems connected together.
Many miles of trails are available now. NQTA is constantly engaged in creating new trails for outdoor enthusiasts and looks forward to sharing that information with trail users both near and far. Stewardship opportunities and hikes are posted on the website, many of which unveil new trails. The offices of NQTA and monthly gatherings are held at the Millers River Environmental Center in Orange, MA.
NQTA is in the final mapping, gps and gis tracking of the Q + M trail and is working with naturalist guide book author John Burk on a 150 page Q + M trail map and guide which will be completed within a year.
Of interest to NEMBA members is the re-branding of our uniquely beautiful N Quabbin region into 7 geographical zones.
These are the Monadnocks, The Tully Basin, The Millers Basin, The Swift Valley Basin, The Quabbin, The State Forests and Mount Grace / Northfield.
This is the corridor of the Q + M and it’s an amazing connection of water, hills and forests.
NEMBA members are invited to come, enjoy a section and then return to complete other sections at their convenience.
This directly ties into the 'Stay and Play' theme that NQTA has established with its Explore North Quabbin partners. Imagine a 2-3 day adventure were you can stay at some of our lodgings, with great places nearby to eat and shop.
NQTA welcomes NEMBA in for jamborees and will work closely to help with logistics.
In addition NQTA would like to offer NEMBA a unique stewardship and mapping opportunity.
Starting right now we’d like NEMBA members to join with us out in bettering these newly connected trails. As the leading mountain bike and stewardship organization NQTA would like to see NEMBA and its members act as partners. We need your input on trail conditions. Most importantly we’d like your assistance in setting up a grading system to rank the level of difficulty of our trail systems.
NQTA's first full length trail map and guide of Birch Hill / Lake Dennison is in publication and offers many miles of biking opportunities. The map is set up to highlight multi-use and mountain biking is an integral part with biking trails clearly marked.
This map and many others can be ordered on our website NQTA.ORG for $8.00.
Now for the more adventurous bikers is the new 16.3 mile Red Apple Trail System. The grand opening was held May 16th and it’s this intermediate trail system that NQTA would like to collaborate with NEMBA on. So come out and start the evaluation and stewardship process. Or, just go explore. Contact me for more information.
NQTA as a mapping organization has over a dozen new trail maps available as part of our $20.00 / $35.00 family membership.
NQTA at its core is organized as a stewardship and mapping collaboration and we actively seek NEMBA's partnership and experience in helping to create these new trail systems.
Our headquarters are at the Orange Innovation Center, 131 W Main Street Orange, MA 01364.
We have our monthly Gathering the second Monday of every month. We have a great meal and normally have educational speakers.
We would welcome a team of NEMBA members to join us as guest speakers to educate NQTA members on your organization and the great stewardship work you have accomplished.
I sincerely hope to see you out on the trails, soon.
You can contact me personally via email at . Please visit our 2 websites, NQTA.org and explorenorthquabbin.com to have better understanding of what NQTA has happening.
Upward and Onward!
and ENQ Co Chair