The Old Thompson Road was once used to travel from Gloucester to Ipswich – wow, that must have taken a few hours by horse and wagon. Today, it has some open areas, but most of the trail is overgrown and has narrowed, making it more challenging to hike.
An altar and some benches on Bray Street end mark the spot where early settlers of West Parish (West Gloucester) had a meeting house/church. Several old paths lead off the trail where the inhabitants accessed their woodlots.
We had to go off-trail to get by a very boggy section of the path – there must be a natural spring nearby because the rest of the area is pretty dry.
The greenbrier has turned yellow so it really stands out in the woods now. We used to call it “pickle leaves” when we were kids. In the spring the young shoots are edible and contain lots of protein.
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