A beautiful place to view fall foliage, Clarksburg State Park offers 368 acres of abundant and unspoiled northern hardwood forest with breathtaking views of the Hoosac Range, Mount Greylock and the Green Mountains. Mauserts Pond has a landscaped day-use area featuring picnicking, and a pavilion area. The pond is surrounded by 9.5 miles of foot trails along which visitors may observe a variety of wildlife, and perhaps a moose. The 3 mile Pond Loop Trail is popular with birdwatchers, and the very easy Shoreline Trail has beautiful water views. 45 well-spaced and wooded campsites are located near the lake, featuring a modern comfort station with showers. NOTE: Customers looking to boat or swim in Mauserts Pond should be aware the surface of the pond does show evidence of weeds. For more information regarding DCR's Lakes and Ponds program, please visit the DCR Lakes and Ponds webpage.

Moderate is a fair tag. Mildly steep at certain points, relatively flat at others. Once you hit the "summit 0.8 miles" sign buckle up, it's going to feel a lot longer than that, with how steep it gets from that point on. Once you get to the top check out both sides of the summit, views of Williamstown on the right & North Adams on the left. A little over an hour to the top, even with stopping several times to catch a breather. Don't know where this trail got a "river" tag, no water in sight. Nothing worthy of note view-wise on the trek up/down, worth it for the summit though.

Walked up to trail head from Cosy Corner Motel by Hey 7 in Williamstown. Easy walking but not difficult to get off track. Lost GPS signal in places and recent clearance operations have removed trees with trail markers at Southern end of first section. Would invest in better map/GPS next time.

1 month ago

most definitely rocky and uphill most of the way taking care not to slip going downhill

most definitely rocky and uphill and be careful going downhill

The trail is nicely maintained and marked, and there are some very nice views at the top of the meadow as well as interesting trees and whatnot in the wooded areas. The recent rain made parts of the trail particularly wet for our outing today, but it was not terrible. There is ample parking (Williamstown Side on Mason Road), which is always a plus.

When I went there wasn’t a river or stream so if you have a dog bring extra water..there are a couple dog bowls up there that was funny and useful

Nice hike on a bluebird day in July with my two young daughters (9 and 7 years). Beautiful mountain meadow with great vista views of Taconic and Greylock ranges. Also Forrest hike includes a summit (no view from summit due to trees). Many maples, oaks and pines with fern ground cover. There are three different trails in the preserve and all three need not be done. (Niles, summit and Loop is what the signage says). There is also an entrance on Mass side at end of gravel road (Mason road) off rte 7.

4 months ago

Short but enjoyable. It was relatively steep for most of the hike, but it was dry so the footing was fine. The view at the top was pretty great too.

6 months ago

Some steep spots! Amazing view!

7 months ago

This trail was relatively easy, only difficult because of the slush and mud which made it slippery but you'll have that with Spring arriving. The view at the top is well worth it, overlooking the valley with a few white pines surrounding you. Take time at the summit, it's beautiful.

7 months ago

Moderate ascent, decent vistas from the summit, although you can’t see particularly far.

Nice views from the Pine Cobble junction and Eph's Lookout. Street parking is plentiful along Massachusetts Ave, near the start.

Steep enough that you'd have to be a serious athlete to run the whole way up without slowing; a real challenge when going for time! Stairs, rocky, great views of Williamstown and North Adams. Certainly a local favorite!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Great trail, the views are worth the challenge!

Not one of the more scenic sections of the AT, but it's a good climb up to the VT border, with a challenging stretch about 2.5 miles up that's strewn with boulders and rocks. This is very steep, so the "Bad Weather trail" serves as a bypass when conditions are too wet and unsafe.

For those section hikers, the parking for this is at Greylock Community Club on Rt. 2, not where the trail directions take your GPS...that's private residences. Free water, but not parking.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dan's post from 3 weeks ago is spot on. The only addition is to make sure you explore both sides of the summit as there are good views in both directions. Only passed 2 groups. 1 hr up-- 2:20 total round trip.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This was a nice rigorous hike. We went in late May so the flies were annoying, but really only at the top. There were a couple muddy spots at the beginning but none after that. It's a steady climb all the way up and the steepest part is right before you reach the peak. The trail was very well marked and maintained, and the views at the top were a great reward.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Great Prelude to the Long Trail.Awesome views at the top!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Good views of Williamstown and North Adams from the top. Limited parking near the trail head.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nice views. Pretty easy hike. 2.5 hours if you do the loop.

on Pine Cobble Trail

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

steep at parts, but good hike.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Great day hike with spectacular views at the top. Convenient parking.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Steep grade on a very well maintained and traveled path. A lot of people. Rocky in spots. Easy parking. Definitely coming back for foliage. Make sure to look both sides.

Friday, September 09, 2016

This is my go to hike. I try to enjoy it weekly. I hike fast to get a good workout I can be up and down in an hour. But generally and an easy pace it takes about 1:45-2 hours. View at the top is worth it. Sunrise can be amazing up there!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Great views at the top.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

I love this hike. Nice 2-3 hours with lovely views and just demanding enough to feel good. Do it every time I visit Williamstown.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Accurate rating of moderate difficulty, it was a steady incline the whole way up. I'd call it high-moderate for the steady incline. Trails were extremely well kept and marked all the way up. That is until the peak, there's a sign to stay on trail but then the path at the top to the summit isn't marked anymore. There are a few spots to check out the beautiful views. Great day hike, worth coming back in the fall for the foliage.
Parking was a bit tough, small area but fortunately people were leaving and a couple of spots opened up. Just something to keep in mind.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

First time up the pine cobble. hiked up and ran down. Took about an hour. Beautiful trail with awesome views at the summit.

Monday, May 16, 2016

great quick hike with moderate climb. mostly uphill for the entirety. views of Williams view and the range behind it were spectacular. other side of the peak give limited views of North Adams and surrounds. We did it in spring with light foliage. rRecommended. 3 hrs overall.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Nice parking. Well maintained. Nice wooded trail and open meadow trail. Challenging run. Nice walk with dog. Beautiful view in meadow at sunset. No view at summit.

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