Within the rolling northern hardwood forests of Sandisfield State Forest is York Lake, featuring a popular day use area with a 300-foot beach for unguarded swimming, a picnic area and a boat launch ramp. Some of the lakes are stocked with trout and are accessible to non-motorized boats. York Lake is stocked by Mass Wildlife 3 times each year. Other seasonal activities including walking and hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. Hunters are also welcome (in season). Hike the moderate difficulty 2.2 mile Pond Loop Trail (Healthy Heart Trail) for scenic views of the lake. Nearby, Campbell Falls State Park is a small scenic area on Campbell Falls Rd., off the Norfolk Rd. (CT Rte. 272) in New Marlborough, at the Massachusetts-Connecticut state line. At this bi-state park discover a 62-foot double-pitch waterfall as the Whiting River drops through a gorge, a spectacular experience in the spring. Access for a longer hike to the falls is available off Tobey Hill/Spaulding Rd. on the Connecticut State Park side. Be prepared, no services are available; please carry-in, carry-out all trash. Swimming is not permitted; dangerous conditions exist.

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3 months ago

Though road is marked with street signs but not on google maps, as mentioned north road to old north road takes you to trail head. Used directions here and google maps took me to it. Last couple miles is dirt road but easily passable. Trail is really not near much of anything but a few homes down the road, it doesn't get much traffic. Take the parking lot entrance or just walk up the road from the parking lot a little and on the left you'll see clearly marked entrance to the trail also. Depends on how much walking you want to do. Eventually, you see a sign that says summit and if coming from the parking area, you go left. If you go right, it takes you to the trail entrance I mentioned above. Another 15 minutes and you'll be at the summit. As mentioned, easy walking for the most part till you hit the last few minutes where you get a little bit steep. It is somewhat rocky going up in spots but nothing major. Just be careful where you're stepping and you'll be fine. Summit has some nice views. You could spend a little time on the rock ledge and eat lunch if you'd like, nice little area. Rate this as easy even with those few minutes of uphill to the summit.

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11 months ago

This is a nice trail through the forest, especially during foliage season. The first 2/3 are very easy flat walking, the last third up to the summit is a bit steep and very rocky. The views are nice from the top but somewhat hindered by the trees below that have grown quite tall.
The trail is well marked, but the trail head is hard to find: in New Marlborough take North Road on the right of the church until you turn left onto Old North Road and find the parking lot and trail head 100 yards down the road.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

I would consider this an easy trail. The majority of the trail is pretty flat.The summit is steep but short. When I hike this summit it was very icy and could barely stand on 2 feet, but the view is worth the short hike!

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Pretty easy trail but a bit steep at the very end. Trailhead is off of old north road in New Marlborough - if you take that, the first time it splits keep to the left and the trailhead will be on you left.

on Dry Hill

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