Walk Abouts

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Wellness at Williams is pleased to offer this series of walking routes around campus to help you get started walking your way to fitness. Walk Abouts was originally developed by Health Educator Donna Denelli-Hess, who can often be seen hitting the pavement around town. Don’t forget to wave!

Why walk?

Walking is the slower, surer way to fitness! Read more about the benefits of walking »

Routes

These routes all start at a centrally located point — at the top of Spring Street in front of Hopkins Hall — but you can start the loop at any point and head in either direction. These are just suggestions! Don’t be afraid to explore around town — or to drive to trails in Hopkins Forest, at Mount Hope Farm, or behind the Clark Art Institute.

  • .75 mile: From the top of Spring St. (at Main St.) walk down to the bottom of Spring St. Turn right on Denison Park Dr. (to the right of the American Legion building). Denison Park Dr. turns right again across from Susan Hopkins dorm. Turn right on Hoxsey St. and right again at Main St. to the top of Spring St.
    comments: a gentle 10-15-minute walk
  • .8 mile: From the top of Spring St. (at Main St.) walk down to the bottom of Spring St. Turn left on Latham St., left again at Water St., and left again on Main St. back to the top of Spring St.
    comments: a 10-15-minute walk with one hill on Water St.
  • .9 mile: Starting on Main St. in front of Hopkins Hall, walk west toward the Faculty House. Turn right on Park St. and right again on Mission Park Dr. Head toward Dodd House and follow the road around the right of Dodd House and down the hill to Southworth St. Turn right on Southworth St., and right again at Main St. back to Hopkins Hall.
    comments: 15-minute walk with two hills
  • 1.25 miles: From the top of Spring St. (at Main St.) walk down to the bottom of Spring St. Turn right on Denison Park Dr. (to the right of the American Legion building). Denison Park Dr. turns right again across from Susan Hopkins dorm. Turn left on Knolls Rd., walk up the hill, and turn right at The Knolls. Turn right at South St., right again at Main St. to the top of Spring St.
    comments: 20-25-minute walk with one hill on Knolls Rd.
  • 1.35 miles: Starting on Main St. in front of Hopkins Hall, walk west toward the Williams Inn. Turn right on North St. (Rt. 7) and right again on Whitman St. (at the parking garage). Cross Park St. onto Mission Park Dr. heading toward Dodd House. Follow the road around the right of Dodd House and down the hill to Southworth St. Turn right on Southworth St. and right again on Main St. back to Hopkins Hall.
    comments: 25-minute walk with two hills
  • 1.8 miles: Starting on Main St. in front of Hopkins Hall, walk west toward the Faculty House. Turn right on Park St. and right again on Lynde Lane. Turn left on Southworth St., right on Church St., and right again on Cole Ave. Turn right at Main St. back to Hopkins Hall.
    comments: 30-35-minute walk with one hill on Main St.
  • 2.25 miles: Starting on Main St. in front of Hopkins Hall, walk west toward the Faculty House. Turn right on Park St. and right again on Mission Park Dr. Veer left toward Mission Park, walk past the Tennis House and Poker Flats, and down the hill to Cole Field. Follow the road around the pond, past the playing fields, and out to Cole Ave. Turn right on Cole Ave. and right again at Main St. back to Hopkins Hall.
    comments: 40-45-minute walk with a couple of hills
  • 3.1 miles: From the top of Spring St. (at Main St.) walk down to the bottom of Spring St. Turn left on Latham St. and right on Meacham St. toward the Taconic Golf Course. Turn left at the golf course and right on Water St./Green River Rd. Turn right on Ide Rd. and right again on Gale Rd. to the Clark Art Institute. Follow South St. up to Main St. and turn right to the top of Spring St.
    comments: a scenic 60-70-minute walk with a couple of challenging hills

In addition, you can walk the college’s athletic tracks indoors at Towne Field House and outdoors at Weston Field. Both are located on Latham Street.

Towne Field House

  • Nine laps around the 195-yard Towne Field House track equals one mile.
  • During the school year the field house is usually open to walkers 7-9 am and noon-1 pm. (College events take precedence)
  • The field house is closed in the summer.

Plansky Track

  • Four laps around Weston Field’s 400-meter Plansky Track equals one mile.
  • During the school year the track is usually open to walkers from 7 am to 3 pm. (College events take precedence)
  • June through August hours are 7-9 am, noon-1 pm, and after 6 pm. (The Taconic Golf Course driving range takes precedence)