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

Beautiful trail with some fantastic views along the way. The trail is easy to follow, some scrabbling but nothing technical. There is a fair amount of up and down so while it isn't technically difficult you'll definitely feel like you were out for a hike. Note that the mileage in the description for this section is off-- the Skinner Park to the Notch section is about 6.5 miles one way, so the out and back is more like 13 miles rather than 10.

Beautiful well maintained trails. We did not go the whole loop but rather cut around between trails, it was easy to do this with everything being so well marked.

3 months ago

Very beautiful scenery! Hard hike but sooooo worth the view and a great adventure to explore the outdoors! Love this trail! It’s challenging!

I found this to be a very enjoyable hike. Overall, it’s fairly easy. It’s a bit steep towards the top, but doesn’t require any scrambling. Great views from the fire tower.

Really nice hike with a few miles of flat/easy and about 1.5 miles more challenging. Terrific unexpected scenic overlook. Really interesting rocks and caves.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great trails and epic pump Track.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Mountain biking trails aren’t marked too well. A good ride with some challenges. Will definitely do it again.

Such a beautiful hike. I climbed up to the peak and it was definitely rewarding. I say “climbed” because I am short and it was rocky which meant I had to crawl up some rocky surfaces.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Solid trail. Good climbs for intermediate level. There are beginner trails as well. Technical, climbs and downhills.

Always fun at Harold Parker Forest trails

mountain biking
6 months ago

Wonderful property. Started on north side and went into Trustees property too. All in there must be around 4,000 acres to explore. Worked my way around the pond then headed south to the reservoir and camping area. I wonder why that one area is closed off? Some of the single track is too rooty and rocky for my taste but it's good stuff. Will be back.

Love this trail! We started at Notch Visitor’s Center and went up to Mt Hitchcock before turning back. Lots of ups and downs, plus a tall staircase that seemingly appears out of nowhere. There are parts of the trail that seem almost enchanted. Bring plenty of water. Beautiful views.

Some trails could be better marked, but overall very good.

This is a nice and scenic trail with a lot of ups and downs as you traverse the ridges once you summit Mount Holyoke (if you start in the west) and head east. The proximity of major roads means you hardly ever don't hear cars and the gun range near the Notch means a substantial portion of the hike may feature ongoing gunfire, which sort of detracts from the experience of being in nature. Still, it's a nice hike and the portion between Mount Holyoke and Bare Mountain is far less busy than the trails heading to those summits from Route 47 and Route 116, respectively.

Sound autumn view

I really enjoyed this trail. It’s difficult enough to be a challenge with some light rock climbing (nothing crazy) and steep hikes, but still moderate enough to be a nice leisure hike as well. Plenty of nice look out spots by the tower and the lake was a nice treat. There’s tons of trails connecting as well so it’s super easy to customize your hike if you don’t want to do the full course of one specific trail. Would totally hike it again.

8 months ago

I couldn't find the trial head, likley because I didn't have this app then. I parked on bay st. and walked up a long dirt road that had no tresspassing signs every 15 feet, trail head was on the right a half mile up. it was a really great short hike,I saw tons of snakes!

10 months ago

first hike here was a 75 degree February day. it was murky at parts, but totally enjoyable. The descent/ascent down and back to the cave was a bit tough for my 11 year old, but we made it. will be back!

Always clean and friendly environment.

Monday, January 15, 2018

this is a decent hike but was underwhelmed. the woods are beautiful, but the trail follows phone lines for about half the distance making it just a little less special. the fire tower had a great view though. also many spoke about a steep final ascent, but it wasn't all that challenging. it did get the heart rate up, but no scrambling necessary.

mountain biking
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Great MTB trails and awesome pump track. The good mountain bike trails can be difficult to find but after a couple of trips it is easy to get the lay of the land.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Beautiful woods walk, gets a bit steep from Junction to fire tower.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Great trail. Awesome views.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

This is really underrated in quality as well as difficulty. I expected a relatively easy day and thought it was a flatter ridge once on top but it has a ton of steep ups and downs - made very challenging with rocks and a ton of leaves (this time of year) making it slippery and technical. Quite a challenge and some great views at intermittent points. Lot of fun. Knees and ankles will be suffering tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

beautiful views!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The southern part of the loop (blue blazes) goes to the Hermit Cave and some other nice rock formations. The rest of the trail is a piece of the M&M Trail (Metacomet & Monadnock) with white blazes and has some great views. Especially nice in the fall.

mountain biking
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Beautiful, a few climbs under the trees and rocks. pretty view on the Winchester reservoir. plan to return in the fall. the app was very useful.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Had a lot of fun. My little pup had a blast too. Beautiful scenery and awesome little streams and brooks, though the water wasn't really flowing, maybe earlier in the year. Squirrels can be heard above as insects sing there song. As we were on our way down we could hear the owls. Tower has awesome 360 view, you can't get into lookout on top. A couple parts are steep and quite rocky.

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