Friends of Lake Warner & Carr's Ciderhouse Experience
Age Level: All
Skill Level: All
Fitness Level: All
Spend the day with us on an outing at Lake Warner that will take us paddling and hiking, followed by an opportunity to enjoy some of the valley's local food and craft ciders.
Located in North Hadley, Lake Warner is under the stewardship of the Friends of Lake Warner, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of both the Mill River and Lake Warner. When you arrive, you will be welcomed by Jason Johnson, their Executive Director, who will provide us with a brief, but fascinating, history of the 68-acre lake before we launch our canoes.
Paddling for approximately one hour, you will journey across to the east end of the lake, observing various birds and wildlife along the way. Keep your eyes peeled; this route has great potential for spotting bald eagles, great blue herons, beavers, turtles, and more. We will disembark on the east end of the lake and hike through MassWildlife Wildlife Management areas, providing you with an excellent opportunity to note the local flora and fauna.
After about 30 minutes of hiking, we will arrive at Carr's Ciderhouse located on the flanks of Mt. Warner where their lovely, Preservation Orchard overlooks the Connecticut River Valley. The Carrs make traditional, wild fermented hard cider from their low-input, no-spray orchard and we will get to hear about both the history of the land and their small-batch cider making process followed by a tasting. A delicious picnic lunch will be provided by the North Hadley Sugar Shack which we will enjoy along with the view of Preservation Orchard.
Following lunch. we will make our way back to the canoes and paddle back to the boat ramp, each with our own bottle of handcrafted cider to enjoy at home.
- A 5 hour guided adventure
- Canoe and paddle
- PFD appropriate to water conditions and your needs
- Dry storage for small personal items
- A cider tasting and a bottle of organic, small-batch cider to take home
- A tasty picnic lunch with a view
- A fun and educational afternoon in Western Mass!
What to bring:
- Comfortable walking shoes that might get wet stepping in and out of the canoes
- Day pack with sunscreen, bug spray, and an extra layer
- 2 masks
- Plenty of water to drink