Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in October Mountain State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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2 months ago

Can’t recommend this trail. Very rocky. Hard to navigate. Basically the trail is road wash out.

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bugs
rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

Beautiful easy hike. I did it solo but can’t wait to bring my kids who will love the rock bridges. Very well maintains and the view from the Dam Spur is worth every step. When I was there I was alone but people were there before and after me so I assume it is well traveled. With all the stream cross overs I would guess it is muddy after a rain. Nice hike!

Entrance is hard to find, so take the blue connector trail to the main white trail. Some parts where moderately hard, and you’ll need to watch your footing on many of the descents. Some rocks are big and quite slippery, so wear something with traction. Pond is beautiful. The trail remains cool for a good part of the day.

this trail does lead to a pond, however, the pond has many leeches. if you are looking to swim, this is not the trail to do. With that, it was an absolutely fantastic hike. 3 miles out and 3 miles back. The trail is well marked once you get to the trail, but the trail itself is a bit tricky. when you park in the parking lot, walk down the road towards Becket, past the guard rail. the trail will be on your left. once you go up a small hill, follow the trail to the right.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy quick hike.

6.26.19. A fine hike to a lovely pond. This is a deep woods hike, no views in summer (until the pond) and plenty of rocks and roots. It's definitely moderate, but with some harder passages of short, steep ascents. Finerty Pond is gorgeous, and peaceful. The trail doesn't go directly to the water's edge, so you have to pick your way through the last 20 yards or so to see the view. (There are rocks upon which to perch.) One slight irritation — you can hear traffic noise from the Mass Turnpike for the first/last quarter of the trip. My stats if helpful: Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,388 feet Moving Time: 2:59:29

hiking
5 months ago

6.5.19. A really charming, easy lasso trail. I followed both the Upper and Lower Basin Pond trails (blue blazes) that took me through woodland, bisected by many streams. The highlight is Basin Pond, accessible via the Dam Spur trail. There is a viewing platform there (made possible in celebration of Judy and her book club friends — thank you, guys) where one can rest, picnic and enjoy the view over the pond. Masses of bird life there. It says moderate on All Trails, but this is an easy one. My stats if you want to try this: Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 397 feet Moving Time: 1:08:34 (I turned my ankle on the return leg, so this trip could probably be done in a little less time.)

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bugs
5 months ago

Nice for family— lots of vistas at the end. some good aerobic climbing, but not too challenging for tweens, 50-somethings!

see previous review as we found very similar outcomes

great hike! few spots took some navigating and we came back the finerty pond trail for a loop and then picked the AT back up by going along the road a little ways. Be careful in the parking lot as the house has free range chickens who like to beg for food!

great parking, rocky trail then footpath to pond, easy hike

gorgeous trail, rock steps, stream crossings, beautiful vista on a deck over the pond. top 10 ! small parking lot

This is so lovely! I recommend going on the upper path first, and then returning via the lower path. The bench at the end of the spur path is a pretty magical place to sit at dusk!

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snow
8 months ago

Great for yak tracks

I like to take the upper trail going out check out the overlook then return via the lower trail.

Nice hike! Parking lot indicated works well. Leaves just fell on trail so it was a little tricky in spots, but overall pretty well blazed. Pine woods in the first mile is really nice as is the pond!

hiking
Tue Oct 09 2018

We used the Finerty Trail (south from the pond) to return to Route 8 & 20 after our small AT hike from the road to the lake. This is a boring trail along a VERY rocky ATV road. The map makes it look like the trail extends south of Tyne Road to hook back up to the AT trail. While technically this is true, the vast majority of this portion of trail is along a road in the power corridor; at the end look out for a yellow sign on a tree to the right which will bring you down to the AT.

Park in the AT/Jacobs Ladder lot on Route 8 & 20, then use the blue connector trail to avoid walking along the road to the AT. Beautiful rolling trail through the woods, fairly easy grades. LOTS of mud currently (mid-Oct). It was a wet day with low cloud; views of the lake were only available once we were right on top of it.

Fun day and the pond is beautiful. That said, the trail map is poor. We stayed on the AT past the intersection with the Finnerty trail near the pond, and then thought we could go all the way around the pond counterclockwise and back along the eastern edge of the pond, but you can’t do that. Although it looks on the trail map like the Finnerty Trail runs along the edge of the pond and links up with the AT on both sides, it doesn’t. There are dead ends in between and it’s pretty much impassable. There is a way to go around the pond counterclockwise (which we eventually did) but you have to swing wide of the pond to the east. Also, the trail map makes it look like you can return almost to the parking lot on the Finnerty Trail but you can’t. Finnerty Trail dead ends at Becket Road, and then we had to walk up the pond road, which is steep, to return to the AT. So the bottom line is, this is a nice area to hike, lightly trafficked, and the pond is really nice, but stay on the AT, don’t mess with the Finnerty Trail relying on the All Trails map.

Difficult to find where trail begins- parking area is about .2 miles from trail head. If you park in the Appalachian trail/Jacob's ladder lot, there's a .2 mile connection trail, marked in blue, across the road. It intersects the trail in the woods, hang a left. Otherwise you could walk on the actual road for nearly a quarter mile and catch the trail from there- which is why the Alltrails GPS directions will seem slightly off. Hike is pretty much all uphill for the first half, but is very well covered. You'll also cross another main road on the way. Took us about 1.2 hours to get to the lake- definitely a moderate difficulty. Beautiful view once you're there. Looked like the muddy beginning portion of the hike had been fixed with raised planking. Nearly exactly 3 miles from parking lot to lake. Well marked, took 2 adults about 3 hours to complete out and back at a moderate pace.

This is NOT an easy trail- whoever wrote that was delirious. We tried this trail for the first time, made it through the first swamp action, very tricky, lots of rotted planks, deep mud, and nothing to hang on to! Took the Knob loop, pretty steep and rugged and decided to head back without completing the entire loop. Another day perhaps with better footwear, water and time. The dog had fun though!

didn't see ant camp sites but nice hike steep at first we had to set up tent on 12 inches of snow about 5 miles past lake there was no designated camp site or fire pits

Sun Jan 14 2018

Nice trail with a sad,interesting history.

Don't go when the bugs are bad! Got chased right out by biting flies! Regardless, I had a ton of fun running the whole thing. Planks, roots, marsh. Cool place.

hiking
Sat Nov 18 2017

Great trail for family and dogs! Has a loop now that is 2.5 miles with a few stream crossings and a waterfall if the weather isn’t t too dry.

Overgrown trails, with a good portion running through a swamp. Mossy overgrowth on rocks made for a tricky traverse through some very muddy sections. Came across some day old bear scat as I came upon the swampy marsh section.

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Wed Aug 09 2017

clearly marked, seems popular. it has a small dirt parking lot and a visible sign by the side of the road.

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