SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Tap into Wildlands at OkTRAILberfest! Enjoy guided hikes, live music, craft beer from IndieFerm and Mayflower breweries, German food from Farms to Forks, lawn games, and more!
Choose from SEVEN different guided hikes, or just come for festival fun! Your ticket includes access to a German buffet from Farms to Forks Catering and live music by Butch McCarthy and the Gentlemen of Leisure. Local breweries IndieFerm and Mayflower will have beer on tap for purchase. During the festival, enjoy lawn games, a growler-hoisting contest, and a tour of Davis-Douglas Farm. Awesome raffle prizes will be available, as well as Wildlands Trust beer mugs, t-shirts, and trucker hats!
All proceeds support our Youth Unplugged Initiative. You can further support Youth Unplugged by becoming a sponsor!
Please review our Hiker's Preparedness Guide. We reserve the right to turn away hikers who arrive underprepared.
11-Mile Hike from Abner Pond
Terrain: Moderate. Max Participants: 12. Ages: 15+. Start time: 7:45am. Leader: John Bescherer.
Our longest hike highlights some of the 19,000-acre open space corridor in Plymouth and Wareham. Beginning in Myles Standish State Forest, hikers will travel around Abner Pond, through open fields, and through miles of globally rare pine barren habitat. This hike is mostly flat but offers little canopy cover from the sun.
6.5-Mile Hike from Ellisville State Harbor
Terrain: Strenuous. Max Participants: 12. Ages: 15+. Start Time: 8:30am. Leader: Roger Janson.
Our most difficult hike, this cross-town trek will satisfy even the most ambitious hikers in the area. Enjoy the view as you hike from Ellisville State Harbor to Wildlands Trust's Shifting Lots Preserve, then head east through steep hills in forested terrain before arriving at the festival.
8-Mile Hike from Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary
Terrain: Moderate/Strenuous. Max Participants: 12. Ages: 15+. Start Time: 9:00am. Leader: Malcolm MacGregor.
Follow hike leader Malcolm MacGregor on this unique hike that connects Wildlands Trust, Town of Plymouth, and Mass Audubon conservation lands. Start at Mass Audubon's Tidmarsh Sanctuary, then enjoy views of Great Island and Little Island Ponds before heading for the hills. Challenge yourself on steep inclines and descents for the final 3-4 miles of this ambitious trek.
5.5-Mile Hike from Halfway Pond Conservation Area
Terrain: Moderate. Max Participants: 15. Ages: 15+. Start Time: 9:30am. Leader: Betsy Hall.
Wildlands Trust protects over 400 acres at Halfway Pond, just a stone's throw from our headquarters. Trek through this extensive trail system to see Halfway Pond from atop Big Point and at the shoreline on Mast Rd. Then, enjoy views of Gallows, Long, and Little Long Ponds on your way to the festival.
5-Mile Hike from Myles Standish State Forest
Terrain: Moderate. Max Participants: 18. Ages: 12+. Start Time: 9:45am. Leader: Bill Vickstrom.
Beginning at Liggett Rd. in MSSF, this hike will take you through pine barren forests and into Wildlands Trust's Halfway Pond Conservation Area. With mostly flat terrain, this is a nice, moderate hike highlighting the beauty of South Plymouth's natural landscapes, with views of Gallows, Long, and Little Long Ponds towards the end.
3.5-Mile Hike at Emery and Six Ponds Preserves
Terrain: Easy. Max Participants: 20. Ages: 12+. Start Time: 10:45am. Leader: Frank Werny.
Emery Preserve was Wildlands Trust's first land acquisition in 1973, and now our headquarters is located directly across the street from this beautiful preserve. Explore this trail system, which links Emery Preserve, Six Ponds Preserve, and Town of Plymouth conservation land on both sides of Long Pond Rd. Admire the old Beech Tree at its clearing and listen to hermit thrush sing while traversing small hills in this mixed pine-oak forest.
2-Mile Beech Tree Stroll
Join the family-friendly, all-ages Beech Tree Stroll at 1:00pm, led by Naturalist Judy Macioci. This 2-mile stroll takes place during the festival and is open to anyone who would like to join. No pre-registration required! Dogs are welcome on this hike, but we ask that they are kept on-leash.
Advance registration required for featured hikes (except for the 2-mile Beech Tree Stroll). All hikers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Parking for all hikes is at the Wildlands Trust headquarters with shuttle service to trailheads. Pets are not allowed on hikes. Sales end for featured hikes at 9:00 pm on Friday, October 12, or when sold out. All sales are final. Hike rain date Sunday, October 14, festival is rain or shine.