Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

15 days 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!

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...

Enjoyed it a lot!

Not attractive at all

hiking
2 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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3 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!

This trail is easy at the beginning, but gets more challenging as you gain elevation. It's also pretty long, so not necessarily for the beginner hiker. Very beautiful though, esp the top of Mt Orient, where we saw a storm coming. For those with lower endurance, the lower, flatter trails are very pretty too, if you don't wanna go for the summit. It was very buggy in July, though, so I'd wear big repellant or aim for spring/fall to check it out.

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

The kids loved this one. Cool falls.

Lots of bugs but a good hike. View from the top is nice. One can sit and read at the top

11 months ago

Easy hike for kids and GORGEOUS!

Hard to find!

would be nice if there was a map, followed red dots, missed a set and realized that they were Orange. finished at the entrance off Pratt corner & shutesbury road (beginning of m&m, Robert frost trail--sign said go back 4.7 miles to amethyst brook) and walked back via the road (over an hour)to parking area on Pelham rd.. a bit longer than we intended

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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 !!!

on Buffam Falls

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wish we had more time!

Friday, September 23, 2016

took our 3 year old daughter here this afternoon. it's perfect. very easy to hike. great for young children, safe bridges, open trails, nothing steep, not many jagged roots or rocks or ledges. amazing and beautiful woodland hike!

hiking
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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

nice Trail about half the people running it

walking
Friday, March 11, 2016

KCT starts at Wentworth Farm (park off of Old Farm road in Belchertown https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/42.36132/-72.49000) and continues South, crossing the Norwottuck Rail Trail. The trail makes many road crossings and follows roads quite a bit, so if you're looking for solitude, this trail isn't a great candidate (though the short sections adjacent to the rail trail are nice). But if you're up for something new, give it a try. Just make sure you bring a map/GPS as almost impossible to follow the trail once you're on the street. Try using the info from http://waymarkedtrails.org/en/relation/4836838 as a guide.

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Sunday, November 08, 2015

This is a great 15-20 minute hike suitable for small children (less than a mile), and on a nice weekend day you will pass many families. The trail does not venture far from the visitors' center, and you won't see much wildlife or mountain views.

There are some steep (for kids) hills if you follow the blue blazed Laurel Loop trail the whole way (see my June 6 tracks for that route). You can also take a shortcut to avoid those hills by taking a right fork down a gradual hill (instead of the blue blazed trail up to the left), Take a left on the main trail at the blasting-warning signs. See my Nov 8 track for this route with the shortcut.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The trail is lovely but it is very hard to follow now in the area where they have been doing logging-- I assume many blazes were cut down. We managed yesterday-- first time I've done the trail in 5 years- but we got off the trail repeatedly and had to find our way back.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Very beautiful by the Amethyst Brook and then gets a little more isolated and overgrown once you get past Mount Orient. Orient itself provides OK views but is a very good place to find peace & quiet and relax with a book.
Lots of snakes in the ferned areas past Mount Orient. This section of the RFT has been mapped out but not marked on OpenStreetMaps and the AllTrails map isn't showing the full trail yet. Follow the orange blazes.

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.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

From the Amethyst Brook trailhead, I hiked 3.5 miles to the place where the trail disappears on the AllTrails map (which seems to be arbitrary), and then returned to the trailhead. (See my track.) This spot is around about 2/3 of a mile after the peak of Mt. Orient and before Poverty Mt. The hike is not the entire section 7 of the Robert Frost Trail.
This was an easy 3.5 mile (1 hour) hike to the end, and an even easier 3.5 mile (1 hour) hike back. 7 miles total. Climb to peak is 758 feet, but Alltrails Record claims the total elevation gain is 1,286 on the climb and 551 on the return. There is a little rock scramble near the end that would not be appropriate for children or elderly hikers, but most of the hike is relatively flat and well-maintained.
The first part, within the Amethyst Brook Conservation Area, is crowded with people and dogs. The rest is quiet.
The trail is very clean, wide, and well-marked.

birding
Monday, June 08, 2015

Nice quiet walk. Not a very long walk but nice. Lots of birds and turtles.

walking
Friday, May 15, 2015

The trail itself is difficult to follow - I could find no tree markings, and various trails branched off in many different directions. The area itself was gorgeous. It rests besides what I can only imagine is called the Amethyst Brook, a clear, bubbling brook. There are three bridges that cross the brook, and trails that run along each side. Trails seem to run in every cardinal direction, so I spent my time going up and down each one.

There were many people walking their dogs, so I felt safe. On the north side of the brook, I found a collection of stones in a spiral formation, labelled a peaceful meditation circle by a paper nailed to a tree. It was quite the sight, and I highly recommend visiting it if you can find it. Also along the north side of the brook, I found a quiet spot to sit on some rocks and catch up on some Robert Frost reading.

This trail deserves another visit: if not for its beauty, for its expanse and variety of trails that beg exploring.

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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5 days ago

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