Buffam Falls

EASY 43 reviews

Buffam Falls is a 1.9 mile loop trail located near Amherst, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

waterfall

wild flowers

An easy and pleasant walk through a hemlock forest alongside running waters. Protected by the Pelham Conservation Commission and Town of Amherst Watershed land, this area makes for pleasant, and relatively easy walking. The entire hike is in a hemlock forest that lines the ravines of Buffam and Amethyst Brooks. These evergreen trees, as well as mountain laurel, make fall, winter and early spring hikes here colorful -- and these are also the times when insect populations are low of non-existent. The woods also support a variety of mushrooms that are found in abundance during late August and September. From your car, walk north along the road to the conservation area entrance which is opposite the first house on your left. Walk down to the wooden bridge where you will find the white markers of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Cross the bridge and immediately bear right, following white markers, on a wide, hemlock-lined trail alongside Buffam Brook. Some falls are found on your right as you descend further into this dark but beautiful ravine. In just a short distance you'll reach a key junction on this hike, a point overlooking the confluence of Buffam and Amethyst Brooks. This spot stands aside the last of the several smooth-slab falls on Buffam Brook and the steps ahead will lead you down to the bottom of these falls wehre there is a deep, clear pool. But to stay on this hike, make a left and head east on the M-M Trail, which quickly drops down to the level of Amethyst Brook. Follow the white markers alongside the boulder-filled Amethyst Brook for about .1 mile to a point where it suddenly drops down to brook level and crosses it on rocks. This crossing could be difficult during times of high water. If you can't cross it, turn back. If you cross, be careful on the rocks, which can be slippery. Now on the south bank of Amethyst Brook, the trail swings away from it temporarily but continues heading east. At a point about .75 miles from your starting point you'll come to one of Amherst's reservoirs with its old dam and water-control structures. At the far end of the reservoir, cross the inlet on a bridge, turn right and return to the north bank. Only 50 feet from the bridge crossing, turn left (west) leaving the M-M Trail and follow an unmarked trail that parallels the north shore of the reservoir, though high above it. Although the trail is unmarked, it is generally easy to follow and will lead you back the way you came, though on the opposite side of Amethyst Brook. When you come to a point where it meets an old woods road that once crossed the brook, turn right onto this rocky and wet road for only 75 feet and look for a continuation of the unmarked trail on your left. Turn here and follow the path heading east again, high above the ravine. After a light descent and a swing to the left, you should rejoin the M-M Trail where it overlooks the falls and the meting of the Brooks. From this lovely spot, turn right and follow the wite markers back the way you came along Buffam Brook (north and uphill) and out to Valley Road. Your car is a short walk downhill on the road to the left.

19 days ago

the kids and I loved it (10 & 12 yrs old)! we explored for almost 4 hours and only saw 8 people! Very peaceful. The trail was a bit confusing but that added to our fun.

walking
1 month ago

really nice flat trail with really beautiful scenery. unfortunately, the trail markings are a bit sparse and there isn't any kind of trail map or guide to help you figure out where you should go. I will say though that you should start off bearing left rather than right because it's a lot easier to figure out where you should be going than bearing right as the trail description suggests.

2 months ago

This trail is so magical and incredible its mind blowing

3 months ago

Not good for kids. Had to park far from trailhead and there was no shoulder on a sharp curve. Couldn’t do it, unfortunately!

4 months ago

Enjoyed it a lot!

hiking
5 months ago

Not marked well. Lots of hills and rocks. Not as easy as everyone says.

5 months ago

I was going to praise the trail for its beauty, but when I was almost finished with the loop, the trail came abruptly to an end and I had to turn around and hike the whole way back at the end of the day when it was getting dark and I was out of energy. Plus the second half of the loop is not marked at all. The parts that are marked are not all on this map and I had to constantly refer to this app to figure out where I was. That didn’t help a lot and almost got me lost!

hiking
6 months ago

Great, beautiful, peaceful trail. I just wish there was a better place to park closer to the trail head; its somewhat dangerous to walk around that curvy road, especially if you have a dog with you trying to wander in the road (we had to put ours in a backpack we got to the head) but we also went in winter and there was some snow that made the road even narrower. Either way we will definitely be back, the brook is just too gorgeous to pass up!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Well trodden, but didn't meet a soul.
Very, very pretty - much stream-over stone action. Wade or dunk your head.
Wasn't sure which trails went where, not much signage, but I could have just ooked at a map ;-)
Loved it.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The kids loved this one. Cool falls.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Easy hike for kids and GORGEOUS!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Hard to find!

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

To this hike with my 12 year old granddaughter what a beautiful hike!! Amazing waterfalls , you can hear the brook as you hike very easy trails, will be back again !!!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wish we had more time!

hiking
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Very nice trail to walk with the dogs and get them wet in the waters. All around great time!

walking
Monday, August 17, 2015

so beautiful!!!! amazing forest, gorgeous brookside trail, and don't forget your swimsuit!! will absolutely be back.

when on North Valley Road, it's easiest to park at the bottom of the hill to the quarry, near the M-M trailhead on your left. then walk up the road a bit and on your right just past the end of the guide rail is a little hidden footpath. this leads to the blue trailhead (which shares some ground with white M-M markings). I took the path right along the creek. so, so beautiful.

hiking
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This is a fantastic hike during hot summer days. It is cool in the forest, and at the confluence of the brooks is a great, cold, swimming hole (at your own risk!)

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