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Best trails in Amherst

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Looking for a great trail near Amherst, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Holyoke Range State Park or Bigelow Hollow State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Walnut Hill Wildlife Management Area or Mount Tom State Reservation. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 13 easy trails in Amherst ranging from 0.8 to 5.9 miles and from 164 to 1,138 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Amherst
Top trails (24)
#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 VShow more
#2 - Mount Hitchcock, Summit House via Net/M&M and Dry Brook Trail
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 6 h 11 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 - 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 vieShow more
#4 - Buffam Falls White Trail
Buffam Falls Conservation Area
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 52 m
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 relaShow more
#5 - Robert Frost Trail to Mount Orient
Amethyst Brook Conservation Area
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
At 47mi in length, the Robert Frost Trail is one the five longest trails in MA. It spans 10 towns from South Hadley in the south to Wendell in the north. This page details section #7, running betweenShow more
#6 - Long Mountain Summit
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
Long Mountain Summit is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Amherst, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily usShow more
#7 - Quabbin Reservoir Gates 11-12 Loop Trail
Amherst, Massachusetts
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
Quabbin Reservoir Gates 11-12 Loop Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Amherst, Massachusetts that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily uShow more
#8 - Metacomet-Monadnock Trail East Through Holyoke
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 14 mi • Est. 7 h 48 m
This is Section 8 of the Metacomet-Monadnock Train, from the Notch in Granby to Harris Mountain Road, in the Holyoke Range State park. This hike includes Mt. Norwottuck and Long Mountain summits, andShow more
#9 - Laurel Loop
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 24 m
The Laurel Loop is blue-blazed trail forming a very short (0.75 mile) loop near the Notch Visitor's Center in Amherst. This is a short and easy trail, suitable for small children. There is steeper upShow more
#10 - Mill River Trail to Puffer’s Pond Loop
Mill River Recreation Area
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 59 m
Mill River Trail to Puffer’s Pond Loop is a 2.3 mile loop trail located near Amherst, Massachusetts that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used fShow more
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