Seniors get their steps in with Mattapoisett Land Trust

Jun 17, 2022

MATTAPOISETT – Seniors are lacing up their boots and finding ways to explore Mattapoisett’s hiking trails this summer.

The Mattapoisett Land Trust partnered with the Council on Aging to host an introduction to different hiking trails in the community last Thursday, June 16. More than 20 people planning to be more active this summer were in attendance.

“It was great that we were able to talk to them about what we have to offer,” said Colleen Andrews, the Community Engagement and Stewardship Manager of the Mattapoisett Land Trust.

She said that the Land Trust has properties that vary in hiking ability from parks with benches to different trails with different hiking lengths.

As part of the event, they walked around Grace Pond and were able to point out three different trail heads. They ended the walk by sharing trail maps, hiking safety information, and refreshments with the group.

Brad Hathaway, one of the initial founders of the Mattapoisett Land Trust, was present to give some tips as well. At 90 years old, Hathaway has hiked over 26,000 miles in the area in the past couple of years.

“He’s a great inspiration to seniors in the community who want to be active and outdoors,” said Andrews. “It was nice for him to attend and be a picture of the fact that anyone can get out and do this.”

Anyone interested in learning more about summer hiking can visit the Mattapoisett Land Trust website at for contact information, a list of upcoming events, and a map of area trails.