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If you hike the Midstate Trail . . .

Though the Midstate Trail website offers good information and basic directions, multiday hikers may want to order the MST Guide for $15 (www.midstatetrail.org). It was published in 2006, so some information is outdated, but it contains helpful maps and mileage descriptions, and historical and cultural observations about the communities on the trail. Directions to different trailheads are available on the Day Hike Series page on the website.

Where to stay

There are a few open-face shelters on the trail (some requiring reservations), though they are concentrated on the southern end: Muddy Pond, Westminster; Long Pond, Rutland; Buck Hill, Spencer; Moose Hill, Leicester-Spencer; Douglas State Forest, Douglas.

Spencer Country Inn

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500 Main St., Spencer

www.spencercountryinn.com

508-885-9036

Rooms $52-$62, with breakfast.

Wachusett Village Inn

9 Village Inn Road

Westminster

800-342-1905

www.wachusettvillageinn.com

Rooms $89-$179, with breakfast weekdays.

Where to eat

Old Mill Restaurant

68 State Road East

Westminster

978-874-5941

Black Diamond II

Wachusett Village Inn

(See above)

978-571-2517

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