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on Bash Bish Falls Trail
2 days ago

hiking

Such dreamy falls. The hike is really quick to the falls and the pay off is big. There are actually a lot more trails to explore nearby so this part of the southern Taconics has a lot to offer. I recommend going early in the day or on a week day as it can get a big crowded, which is the only draw back. You can even sneak a swim in! The water was really cold but so clean and refreshing. There's a little mini hike above the trail head which gives you an amazing view of the two mountains you're nestled in. The AMC book "Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley" has a great trail in their book through Bash Bish. It's about 3.5 miles!

on October Mountain Ashley L...
2 days ago

Great trail this place is great never knew about it until this summer. Easy to do some of the wooden planks are rotten or broken.Very scenic

on Great Blue Hill Trail
2 days ago

hiking

A solid day hike that's moderately strenuous for adults and strenuous for kids. The trail is very dry and gritty (in late August). Small rocks (almost gravel) make some of the steeper portions a bit treacherous as they're prone to slide out from underfoot.

Eliot Tower is a great destination for lunch; there are several picnic tables available and it's a logical place to take an hour and let your feet rest before continuing down. Parking is ample off Hillside Street, but take note that the parking lots tend to fill up in the second half of the day (a lot of folks coming to the beach at the pond there). The view from the top floor of the tower is quite good; you can see the Boston city skyline and even some of the boats in the harbor. It's worth it to pack a small set of binoculars to get closer to the action.

The view from the rest of the trail is somewhat underwhelming if you've hiked other New England trails; remember that they're Blue Hills, not White Mountains, and set your expectations accordingly.

No bathrooms once you're on the trail, so make sure you use one of the restrooms at the parking lots.

on The Knob at Quissett Harb...
2 days ago

Easy, short walk with beautiful views. Walk the woods or the beach!

on Race Brook Falls and Moun...
3 days ago

hiking

Hiked south from parking area at the end of the Mt. Everett Road to Mt. Everett peak and then on to Mt. Race peak on the Appalachian Trail. Trail mostly easy on rock slabs with a section of moderate incline on the way up and down the south side of Everett. Much enjoyed lunch on Race with 360 degree views. Excellent 4-5 mile, 4 hour hike including return.

on Deer Island Trail
3 days ago

walking

I walk this regularly (at least twice a week). here are some little trails off the beaten path hat nobody uses but the regulars. It can get pretty crowded but the ocean view is amazing, plus heading towards the city as the sun is going down is beautiful.

on Battle Road Trail
3 days ago

walking

Love this walk, especially in the fall. It's quite beautiful and I went here for the re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington.

on Pearce Lake and Upper Pon...
3 days ago

hiking

Wonderful place to hike! There are so many trails that crisscross all over the reservation--it can be an easy jaunt or a more challenging climb to the top of Hill. The dogs love jumping into the lake, and just last week we saw a deer running ahead of us on the trail. Trails are well marked -- we walk through here in all seasons and for the last 3 years we've done a morning Christmas walk (surprisingly there were quite a few people!).

on Purgatory Chasm Trail
3 days ago

hiking

on Bald Hill Reservation
3 days ago

This is a real nice trail - relatively easy but cool landscapes and changing vegetation.

on Hopkins Memorial Forest T...
3 days ago

hiking

The trails are well maintained, there are quite a few informational placards scattered about (both historical and ecological in nature), and the skill-level was exactly what I wanted for a "quick hike" with my kids (ages 10 and 15). My only (teeny tiny) complaint is that the trails aren't marked at the junction; thankfully it is easy enough to select the correct trail based on the map.

on Purgatory Chasm Trail
4 days ago

could be longer but very nice views, all trails and easiest way through the chasm are clearly marked very clean place with restrooms and plenty of picnic tables not a bad place at all.

on Ward Trail
4 days ago

Easy hike