Naomi

A super group of people like you helped make it possible for outdoor adventurers like me to ride the Accessibility Trail here in Mt. Tom State Reservation, Holyoke, MA. Thanks to people like you a smooth and fun-to-ride trail now extends along Lake Bray to the new 55 foot bridge behind me that they built. I’d love to be able to chair-ride with friends all the way around Lake Bray. With help from you and your friends, me and mine, we can make it happen. Want to know more? E-mail me at treble13@comcast.net.

Beau Bridges Trail and Kay

Kay hammering

Beau Bridges Trail is know for the seven bridges crossing Cascade Brook.  They were built by Kay Burnett and friends. Kay discovered the wonders of the Mt. Tom State Reservation sometime in the 1950’s and quickly acquired a reputation for being a skilled trail builder and maintainer.  Kay and her friends pre-fabricated the bridges in Kay’s garage and those women backpacked the materials to the site where the bridges were constructed and put into place.
For many years Kay served as a guiding force on the Mt. Tom Citizens Advisory Committee. When not tending to the trails, Kay served as the Chair of the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, as well as the editor of the chapter’s newsletter. Kay was the Associate Librarian at Smith College’s Josten Library in Northampton for nearly 40 years. Her specialty was in the field of music cataloging, and she received several national awards acknowledging her expertise and influence in this field.   Kay was named “The Trails Lady” for her dedication to Mt. Tom’s 22 miles of trails.  Another trail, the K-B Trail, bears her name.
For more about Kay, stop in at the Mt. Tom State Reservation Visitor Center.