March Cataract Falls Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews

March Cataract Falls Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Adams, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
472 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

rocky

Short hike to beautiful waterfalls in the heart of Greylock. The distance in the description does not include walking from the parking area on Rockwell Road to the tralhead off Sperry Road. Plan about half hour to access the trailhead from the parking area.

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3 months ago

Lovely trail, with a nice reward at the end at the waterfall. When starting from the Sperry Road campground it’s a short hike - relatively low energy expenditure for a high reward. Which makes it great for bringing kids as well. At the falls the trail ends but you can scramble down the rocks and explore.

When we hiked it there were no other people around - plenty of opportunity to be still and pick out all the sounds of nature around us. Lovely.

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6 months ago

I’ve done this trail in both fall and winter. The trail itself can be an ankle twister at some points (rocks, roots, and narrow), but as long as you take your time, you’ll be fine. Very doable. A walking stick or hiking poles could be helpful. In the winter, the falls were a mix of frozen daggers and gushing water (it was a 70 degree day in February). I could also see Stony Ledge from the trail, due to the lack of leaves and could see the falls from Stony Ledge when I went there later on that same afternoon (which I had never noticed before). In the fall, it was essentially a large rock face with a trickle, but a nice lunch spot and cool to explore. The trailhead is located in the campground, so you have to hike there from either another trail (Hopper Trail, Stony Ledge, etc) or park out on Rockwell Rd by the CCC Dynamite trailhead and walk in on Sperry Rd to the trailhead. A nice hike to do in conjunction with a trip out to Stony Ledge or on your way up to the summit.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Beautiful. As stated, steep (and slick) in the area going in and coming out of the cataract. Beautiful hike.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Very nice hike. Not too challenging except in some of the steep area getting down to the falls and back out. Beautiful area to hike in. Am looking forward to coming back during foliage for the amazing views at the summit.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

The falls are certainly worth the hike if there has been recent rainfall. The difficulty lies in the narrowness of the trail (in some areas you have little more than a foot - with a steep drop on one side) more so than the areas that are steep (there are a few, but they're certainly manageable).

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A brief first section of this hike is Sperry Road, Which is really an access road for the campground, but we hopped off of it to link to the hopper trail which made this part a bit more scenic. Once you get directly onto the March cataract trail it is a really lovely hike. Good amount of dissent to the waterfall which would make those with knee troubles a bit cautious and perhaps achey the day after. Six and four-year-old did it easily but were tired afterwards. Overall a very enjoyable hike.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Did this this morning. Parked on Mt Greylock. Walked down to trail head at campground. Probably could have parked there though. Easy to get to falls, strenuous in way back up but def doable. Water is a trickle we need rain.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

We really enjoyed this trail, at times it gets hard but all around easy to get too. The trail is very well market and if there was more rain the falls would be bigger. Being Berkshire County residents this is a nice trail to find we will be using it again and possibly camping.

Monday, May 16, 2016

great hike to falls on a nice spring day. the hiking is moderate. hiking sticks would help if you have them. wild flowers everywhere. steep drops here and there. we saw warblers everywhere. took nice pics in front to of falls. be careful there, rocks get slippery. this is a must do

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Great walk ... Awesome waterfall ... Mass water is so clean ... Loved it

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Beautiful wildflowers in the spring! Great waterfall.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Very pretty nice trail in

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I followed the directions to get to the trail and ended up on top of mt grey lock I never was able to find the trail even following the GPS. It was a beautiful sight on top of my grey lock and ended. Up being a fun adventure with great views there are plenty of trails along the way up to take

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Monday, August 12, 2013

If you are going to chose one set of falls to see on Greylock, I'd suggest this one. The March Cataract Falls Trail is a 2.0m trail that can be accessed from Sperry Road, so plan on the extra mileage hiking on Sperry Road. I'd suggest parking at the CCC Dynamite Trailhead, heading down Sperry Rd and the trail will be on the right. It's pretty moderate with one short strenuous part due to rocks. The falls however, are beautiful. Definitely worth the hike.

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