Explore the most popular hiking trails in Clarksburg State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail is dificult to find. Directions take you near it but signs everywhere say no parking for trail head. You actually have to park behind a YMCA in their lot. Signage to get you there is non -existant. If it weren't for a small blue blaze we saw on a paved sidewalk, we may still be looking for the trail. Once you find this spot, youthen you have to hike through a residential development for 3/10 of a mile to get to the actual trail head in somebodies front yard. Kind of strange setup. I am not sure this short hike is worth the effort.

not worth the effort it takes to find this thing

hiking
28 days ago

This is not in Clarksburg State Park; it's not even in Clarksburg.

You have to park at the YMCA/Brayton Elementary School.. Do not park on Marion Avenue! It's a residential area and no room for people to park.

It's not challenging at all except for the mosquitoes. That said, it's a lovely spot and if you're not used to hiking, this is a good introduction. The elevation gain is hardly noticeable. It can be muddy so if you go after a rain be careful.

I give it four stars because the mosquitoes sucked the fifth star out of me.

A word about parking:
There is no parking at the trailhead - where the directions from this app take you. Park at the North Adams YMCA. This is attached to an elementary school. Directly across the asphalt from the main entrance to the school is a set of concrete steps going down to an asphalt path to a wooden bridge. This is the way to get to the trail. It’s super easy and a nice walk.

I spoke to one of the residents of the area near the trailhead and they are trying hard to make access convenient while maintaining their properties.

As you can imagine with an easy hike to a spectacular view this place gets crowded on the weekends with people even parking on the lawns of the people who live in this quiet residential area.

When you get to the YMCA you may notice a sign for the trail head before you see the entrance to the elementary school - follow the sidewalk to the right from that sign and the stairs will be on your left.

Also note these signs say the trail is marked in blue blazes - from what I can tell it is only the access route from the ymca to the trail head that is blazes. There are no other blazes along the actual trail to the waterfall. It is well worn and obvious but there are no blazes.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Some steep spots! Amazing view!

hiking
3 months ago

There is no parking at the trail head. Park at the YMCA in North Adams and there are signs leading to the trail head. Trail is beautiful. With the snow melting the water was very high and some areas of the trail was under water and a little washed out. Worth a visit!! Beautiful!!

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 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.

birding
5 months ago

Such a fantastic track, great in any weather and awesome for any difficulty, it becomes increasingly more difficult as you reach the falls but not enough to where beginners cannot complete it. went during the winter and during the summer and the trail is trafficked enough to see without any trouble but you kind of have the freedom to explore the woods. Would absolutely recommend, if i had any complaint parking is it, its in a suburb so it can be weird to maneuver well

A walk in the park along a stream. Can't get too close to the falls, but nice anyhow. Good for kids.

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!

Great trail, the views are worth the challenge!

everything I want in a hike as a 50 something semi-in-shape nature lover: babbling water, well marked but unpaved trail, beautiful scenery and doesn't take the whole day to complete. uphill, with rocks and roots but manageable for me. challenging but enjoyable and beautiful.

One of our families favorites!

10 months ago

Super Awesome

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Beautiful falls.

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.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Nice short hike...the cascade was beautiful.

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.

walking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Easy going, fairly steep slopes next to trail. Be cautious of loose stones, fairly tight when dry.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Parking is very limited at the end of Marion Ave with only several available spots. It is also located next to a private driveway so I highly recommend parking further down the street near the medium and walking to the entrance. Most of the hike to the waterfall is relatively easy, short and mostly flat. However, it gets more challenging at the very end with mud (after it rains), slippery rocks and a few steep hills. I would highly recommend wearing hiking boots (and bringing your camera) for this portion of the trail. The waterfall was beautiful, very photogenic and flowing nicely after all the recent rainfall. I liked that it wasn’t busy and is more of a hidden gem than other waterfalls in the area.

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Easy hike. A little muddy and slippery today, but totally worth it!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

This is a lovely trail with plenty to see and just challenging enough to feel it's more than a stroll. But not overly challenging. There is one place where the trail looks like you have to either jump rocks in the river or go high up on a river bank to continue on. Unfortunately it had been raining quite a lot, and I tripped on a branch and fell, so I didn't feel confident enough to do either. So we turned back and missed the waterfall. Hoping to come back again and give it another try.

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, February 24, 2017

I live in this neighborhood and love the trail! Quiet, easy hike - tbh the woods are prettier than the falls but maybe I'm just used to them.

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