WILLIAMSTOWN -- Cider-making and wood-working demonstrations were free and open to the public Sunday at Hopkins Memorial Forest.
The annual Fall Festival brought in hundreds of visitors to the 2,600-acre forest, which is owned by Williams College.
Most of the year, Williams uses the vast landscape for research, but every fall the grounds are host to a number of events.
Photo Gallery: Fall Festival at Hopkins Memorial Forest
Forest visitors also had the opportunity to cross a canopy walkway that sits 75 feet above the forest floor.
This year, dozens of people withstood an hour-plus long wait to walk the forest canopy and enjoy the scenery from a bird's-eye view.
Anyone over the age of 12 was invited to be strapped into a safety harness and climb 70-plus feet of ladder up a tree and onto the walkway, which took just a few minutes to cross.
Lucy Bergwall, a forest caretaker and student at Williams, said that the canopy was originally built years ago for research purposes.
"Now we just open it for fun," Bergwall said.
Bergwall and one of her co-caretakers, Helen Song, were helping people up the ladders and across the walkway.
"It's great to just be out in the woods," Song said.
In addition to the walkway, guests to the forest participated in a crosscut saw competition, racing to cut through a log as quickly as possible.
The day was also partly geared toward educating visitors about what Williams uses the forest for.
Jason Racela, a technical assistant at Williams' Center for Environmental Studies, explained to guests how he uses the forst to collect data about the weather.
"We study the local climate here in Williamstown," Racela said.
There are a number of weather stations throughout the forest, according to Racela, that the college has been collecting data from for decades.
Williams Environmental Studies students can then use that data in any research projects they have.
There have been interesting developments in recent years. Racela said that five of the most precipitous years in Williamstown have been in the last 10 years -- a number he attributes to climate change.
Special activities, such as apple picking, were available to children and their parents throughout the day.
Vistitors could also take a piece of the forest home with them -- native tree seedlings were for sale.
For a refreshing end to the day, guests could taste apple cider made with an old-fashioned press, or relax while listening to an old-timey string band.
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