Southeast Mas. Bioreserve opens a 20-mile hiking trail in Fall River

By the river—Standing among decades-old pine and cedar trees off Blossom Road, while orange and yellow leaves danced in the air led by gentle autumn winds, local officials reminded a group of hikers and nature lovers they were standing in town.

“Everyone thinks Fall River is the inner city,” said Paul Ferland, director of community facilities for the city. “There is also the other half of the Vaal River here.”

The city recently celebrated the opening of a new hiking trail in southeastern Massachusetts Purserve—a 20-mile trail that takes visitors on a tour through all the landscapes found in the city’s forested eastern half.

The timing coincided with the 20th birthday of Bioreserve itself, a 16,000-acre space of protected water and land that protects the Watuppa and Copicut watersheds that is free for anyone to use for hiking, running, biking, or enjoying the tranquil scenery.

From left, State Representative Carol Viola, Director of Community Facilities for Fall River Paul Ferland, Department of Water Forester Michael Labusier and Mayor Paul Cogan, formally cut a strip to open the 20-mile Bioreserve Loop in Southeast Massachusetts Bioreserve, off Blossom Road, On Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

Mayor Paul Cogan said, “This is what we want at Fall River: entertainment. People need to understand that this is part of our city. Go out and use it whenever you want. Take a walk. Watch the world go by in a quieter place and have some free time for yourself.”

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