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Best trails in Mount Holyoke Range State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Mount Holyoke Range State Park, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 19 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Mount Holyoke Range State Park ranging from 1.1 to 14 miles and from 196 to 1,105 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Mount Holyoke Range State park features the eastern Holyoke Mountain Range, while nearby J. A. Skinner State Park encompasses the western portion. There are a variety of forest types here, including birch-beech-hemlock and oak-hickory. You'll also find streams, wetlands and thickets, making it even more diverse. Outdoor recreation is available year-round, with opportunities for hiking, walking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding.

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Map of trails in Mount Holyoke Range State Park
Park information
Acreage:
3,000 acres
Contact
413 253-2883
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Top trails (19)
#1 - Mount Norwottuck
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
Highest peak in the Holyoke range, has commanding views of the entire pioneer valley. The loop for Mt. Norwottuck combines the Robert Frost trail (orange) and the M&M trail (white). Start from the Visitor's Center on the combined Robert Frost trail and M&M Trail (orange & white). Stay left on the Robert Frost (orange) when the M&M splits off. Eventually you will reconnect with the M&M, and there you will stay right on go onto the M&M Trail (white). You will then begin an ascent to the summit through ledges. From the summit continue to follow the M&M trail (white) down and eventually you will rejoin the Robert Frost trail (orange) where you split off on the way up. Stay left on the combined Robert Frost (orange) and M&M trail (white) to get back to the visitor center.Show more
#2 - Mount Hitchcock, Summit House via Net/M&M and Dry Brook Trail
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 13.5 mi • Est. 5 h 38 m
Note: Mountain bikes are allowed on every trail except the Metacomet & Monadnock (M&M), which is the roughly 5-mile east-west section (white blazes) that traverses the Holyoke Range ridgeline. Show more
#3 - Metacomet-Monadnock Trail-- Section 7
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 5 h 58 m
#4 - Bare Mountain
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 46 m
This is very quick (30-40mins) but strenuous 1 mile hike, accessible from the Notch parking lot. Take the white blazed Metacomet-Monadnock trail on the ascent to and descent from the summit. Best view to the north, but not as good as Mt Holyoke. This steep trail gives great quick exercise, so it is heavily used. There is no road to the summit, so less crowded than Mt Holyoke or South Sugarloaf.Show more
#5 - Lithia Springs
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 59 m
#6 - Rattlesnake Knob via M and M Trail (White)
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
The trail head is off of Bay Road in Amherst, MA.Show more
#7 - Mount Norwottuck
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 55 m
#8 - Long Mountain Summit
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
#9 - Robert Frost Trail
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
This trail reference only refers to the section from the Notch Visitor Center to Harris Mountain Rd. A nice hike through the woods with moderate, varying terrain. Following this trail to rejoin the M&M will bypass the rocky climb to Mt. Norwottuck. It rejoins the M&M on its path to the Harris Mountain Road. Worth a side trip though to the Horse Caves by following straight down white blazes instead of to the left up the trail toward Rattlesnake Knob. There is some difficult terrain with some steep ascents/descents past Rattlesnake Knob. The starting elevation is 500', Rattlesnake Knob is at 920' but you will end up at 385' with many inclines/declines along the way.Show more
#10 - Black Rock and Lithia Springs Loop via Dry Brooks Trail
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
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