Some runners are nervous about “rolling their ankle” on trails, but not this guy! I’ve rolled my ankles on a precariously positioned rock on a residential street more times than I can remember. A random rock that got into the middle of the street often awaits me as I have my eyes on the car that is about to run a stop sign. So, I say hit the trails!
Chimney Rock Park in Bridgewater (or Washington Valley Park as it has been referred to on some maps) is about a 20-25min drive West on Rt 22 from Westfield. The variety of technical and non-technical trail makes this place a great spot for a challenging “fartek-style” run. There are flats and there are steep incline/declines as well. If you access the park via Chimney Rock Road, you will pass by the Chimney Rock Inn. A place I have been known to grab a burger and a beer. What could be better? Trails? Burgers? Beers?…hard to beat. Recently, I racked up a 70min run there without even touching the steeper sections.
Coincidentally, a friend of mine and members of RVRR, put on a 5 mile race there in March, the Chimney Rock 5 miler. Go check it out, bring a friend, take some pictures, and come tell us about it in the store afterwards too!