Explore the most popular hiking trails near Amherst with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

hiking
19 days ago

The trails are clearly marked on the white trail on the way up until you get close to the top, but you can easily follow the trail to the summit. If you continue down the white trail, following the loop rather than turning back, the markings almost disappear. The trail is still easy to follow but it's much smaller. Once you reach the Orange trail the markings are great.

hiking
27 days ago

Nice trail. We went up white and down orange to avoid a long steep downhill. Nice lookout at the peak and nearby. You can climb around the tight squeeze on the way down. Then it is a lovely walk in the woods.

hiking
28 days ago

Amazing view, the way down is at first a bit steep, but then levels out (and is a bit boring).

Trail is dog friendly but there's a rod and gun club nearby with a range. You can easily hear the gun shots from the rec hunters and if your dog is skittish from thunder or fireworks, it may take some work to get your pup on the trails. Good hike overall though.

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.

Started at the NET entrance on Old Mountain Rd. There are several south facing trails you can use to break up the hike and these will lead to the east to west trails such as Lithia Springs trail (part of this meanders onto a private drive from Amherst Rd. so I used the main drag to head south to the power line trail which connects to a yellow blazed Lithia Springs.) If you "shortcut" through the Lithia, eventually you connect with the red blazed Dry Brook Trail which will head due west with some confusing intersections so use a compass and do not rush. There are red location ID signs with numbers if you really end up lost. This hike is very strenuous and goes up and down multiple rocky peaks with 1000ft gains and some of the no name shortcuts at the east end of the range are unkept, unmarked and full of loose rocks. The vistas are beautiful but it if you plan on taking the lower trails on the way back be prepared to get eaten alive by biting flies and mosquitos. It's definitely a hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short hike with rock scramble. Okay views of Amherst, but great start to the Seven Sisters! My dog, Lily, enjoyed jumping over the rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking lot at the Notch Visitor Center fills up quickly, got there about 9:30 am and was already almost full. Did the hike with my 11 year old lab, who scrambled a little on some of the last stretch up. Definitely a well trafficked trail so if you are looking for more solo quiet time maybe not the best choice. Agree with some other reviews that it's not super well marked, many markers have faded and not been renewed for a while. I got a little sidetracked on the way down, but always set my GPS when I start a hike so wasn't too difficult to get back on right trail. A decent Sunday morning workout!

Rarely seem a human out on these trails, which makes it super nice. Beautiful wildflowers, white tailed deer, and porcupines! Some trap rock along the way. Follow the Metacomet/Monadnock (NET)/Robert Frost to Norwottuck summit, or even better, to the Notch visitors center and back will give you about 9-11 miles. If you decide to make a loop on some of the side trails, they are either wetlands or sporadically marked...or both. Some day I will add this route into my Seven Sisters hike.

2 months ago

This trail is so magical and incredible its mind blowing

Loved the view, but the directions were a little unclear

Bring Bug Spray!! I was attacked my mosquitos and biting flies the whole time. It got so bad I had to turn back half way and run so they couldn't get me. As a plus, I saw a porcupine eating leaves in a tree, and the views were very nice.

on Mount Norwottuck

hiking
2 months ago

When we were on the actual trail, it was super nice. Kids didn't complain. Then, about 2 miles into it, we somehow got off the trail. Between the 4 of us, we still aren't sure how it happened because we were clearly following the markings until we weren't. There are quite a few marked trails out there that we could not locate on the map so it was a bit of a pain to find our way back. We hiked an extra 1.1 miles due to all of this. Not sure I would venture out this way again just due to poor markings.

3 months ago

Nice easy walk with my daughter.

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

Okay hike overall. More challenging than it seems like it would be. Some good views but mostly pretty wooded. I got dive-bombed in the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears the entire time by aggressive bugs which was pretty awful and really put a damper on my day. They didn't bother my husband as much though.

hiking
3 months ago

The route I took was a little different but the hike was great and the mountain house was very cool. Check out my full write up along with pictures and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/holyoke/

I'd give it 3.5 starts if I could. Did this hike today with my dog, it's a beautiful spring day and the hike was nice. Overall it was ok, the walk along the river is pleasant and you get a decent view at the top. I'd say it's more of an 'easy to moderate' difficulty though, there is some incline scrambling up to Mount Orient.
**Warning to Hikers that have dogs** The beginning part of this trail is open to dogs without leashes before 10am. There are ALOT of dogs roaming freely around here. So if your dog is dog aggressive, I would avoid this trailhead and catch another part of the Robert Frost Trail. Some dog owners here don't care if their dogs jump on you...

We arrived at the Notch on a Saturday early afternoon and the place was packed with cars. We hiked to the top of Bare mountain in decent time and continued to hike to the next peak called Hitchcock mountain in about 40 minutes.It had good outcrops for viewing.Then we hiked the red trail southward off the back side of Hitchcock mountain to the yellow trail heading east which lead to the main road back to the parking lot . All and all I figure it was just under 5 miles .I recommend this hike because it goes in a loop and it’s not so short as climbing to the top of Bare mountain then back down

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome quick hike to a nice view. Strenuous at some points but fairly easy. When you get to the top veer off to side path to see awesome views from cliffs. Check out the trail log!

April 14, 2018 - The trail was not closed and didn't need any repair. No snow, well marked, good trail condition, this was overall a nice trail. However, this trail isn't really "hard", more like a moderate. The gain is spread throughout the whole hike so there is no particularly hard segment. As for the view, maybe it was too early in the season but nothing spectacular. I'm sure it's much nicer when the trees have more foliage. With that being said, it's probably one of the nicest trail around.

hiking
4 months ago

April 13, 2018 we hiked the trail probably a quarter way there was a sign saying the trail is closed past a certain point didn’t want to continue since they closed it for repair. Not very difficult for beginners

Hiked this in October 2017 with my dad who is in good physical shape in his 60s. It was a 60-degree day but felt a bit colder as much as of this trail is shaded. We parked one car on Old Mountain Road off Route 40, then drove to the Notch Visitors Center on Route 116 to park the other car. We crossed 116 and headed east. My dad had no problems doing a 6.2-mile point-to-point of the Seven Sisters with me. He wore jeans and brought poles but didn't really need them. For the first mile or so, we passed lots of people without water or bags, in yoga pants, with their dogs. Eventually, we stopped seeing "those kind" of people and actually would only pass other people every quarter- to half-mile or so. There were lots of steep climbs and descents, a few rock scrambles, several fallen trees, a cool wooden staircase, and about a zillion ladybugs. Once we got to Taylor Notch and the auto road up to the summit, we started seeing more casual walkers again, but this part of the hike wasn't terribly easy. The summit was crowded and covered in bugs, and we still had a long way to go (over 1.5 miles) to our second car so we didn't linger long but the views were amazing. I remember coming here as a kid by car, and this view was much more rewarding having already hiked 4+ miles of somewhat challenging terrain. The last 1.5ish miles - the portion east of the summit house back to where we parked on Old Mountain Road - were much easier but still not something I would do with small kids or anyone not in good shape. Once we left the "woods" and found ourselves on the dirt road, it was almost exactly 0.4 miles back to where we parked. All in all, a great 4.5 hours for two people who only hike 1-2 times a year but are in otherwise good to excellent shape.

Enjoyed it a lot!

Not attractive at all

5 months ago

Great workout. beautiful views.

hiking
5 months ago

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

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!

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