A park welcoming visitors with car top boat access, picnic benches and a nature trail through Cass Meadow and woodland along the Millers River.
Conservation land right in the center of Athol? Yes, indeed, land that includes car top access to the Millers River, a park landscaped with native plant varieties, benches and picnic tables welcoming visitors, and a short loop trail. Meandering through an area of young woodland and the open land of the Cass Meadow Wildlife Management Area, that trail includes short spurs to the south shore of the Millers River and a longer spur leading deeper into the meadow.
It is a trail that makes one forget for a time how close one is to civilization. Listen to the birds, revel in the grasses and wildflowers, watch the swooping dragonflies....
The park is also the beginning of the Millers River Bluetrail a wonderful 6 mile paddle suitable for family fun //millerswatershed.org/blue-trails/
Named for the late Alan Rich, a long-time Athol Selectman and political leader, the park was developed as part of the Mass Urban River Visions initiative. Cass Meadow is managed by the Town of Athol Open Space Committee, Friends of the Alan Rich Park, and Mass Division of Fisheries and Game.
West end of Athol Center, on north side just before bridge