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A little grown in, no swimming in the reservoir, the views were very nice. The beginning and end were the best part.

hiking
2 months ago

I'm not sure I've ever been this disappointed by a hike that's received several five-star reviews. I did this as a point-to-point hike with three friends, leaving a car at one end and hiking the 8+ miles from Monroe Bridge to Zoar. Much of the trail is severely overgrown, and a lot of that is fields of grass, meaning that we had to constantly stop to clear ticks off of ourselves before proceeding onward. The initial vista (from the Monroe Bridge side) and final vista (the cliffs overlooking Zoar) were impressive, but the entire plateau in-between was entirely unremarkable. The reservoir itself is surrounded with barbed wire fences, and is situated in a way that there's no way to see it except through a small window in the trees. There were a few raspberry and blueberry bushes along the way which helped to break the monotony of the middle stretch of trail, but I would strongly recommend hiking each end from the river upwards to the vista and back down, rather than hiking the middle section. As a side note, the Alltrails mapping of the trail and the marked route don't match. Near the reservoir, the recording follows the road, not the trail, and a bit further south, the trail isn't actually the Bear Swamp Trail but the recording follows the correct route. This would receive a better rating if only hiked from each end, but not worth the point-to-point distance at all, and definitely not worth a 16-mile round-trip hike.

mountain biking
2 months ago

scenic driving
6 months ago

Nice views of the Berkshire Mountains and foothills, as well as the Deerfield River Valley. Several overlooks and scenic places to admire the views. I’m sure it would be even better in the fall.

11 months ago

Fantastic hike, only saw one other person. Definitely earned its hard rating it took my friend and I about 6 hrs.

hiking
11 months ago

We had a great all-day hike. No other people were seen. The steeps at either end may keep folks away. Great woods with lots of birches. Several good outlooks.

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

Long up hill and long downhill.... The kids and dog did not like the uphill too much...

hiking
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Just like the Mohawks of hundreds of years ago, this is a great passage from Boston to the New York border. Meandering along the Deerfield River is bucolic. A wonderful stop is in North Adams at Mass MoCA. And then stop in for a nosh in Williamstown and stop by the Clark Museum of Art.

hiking
Saturday, December 14, 2013

As a child growing up in New England I always fall back to this area. It has beautiful sites and hiking trails. I have done the loop several times already as a kid and as an adult. It has also a lot of history behind as well. The Mohawk Trail in the early days was a trading route where pioneers traded fur for goods. A lot of other history as well. Great place to visit especially in the Fall.

scenic driving
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

This is the first scenic drive I can remember from childhood. And over the years I still love it as much as my grandparents did when they shared this beautiful ride. There is history, art, culture, shopping, tourist stuff and most of all, beautiful scenery.

on Hawley Trail

mountain biking
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hawley, or Dubuque state forest is a hidden gem of single track wonder. The trails are classic New England single track. They are mostly intermediate in skill level, but can lead to epic distance if connected properly. I once connected a 40 mile ride that ranged into Savoy forest and back with some dirt road included. None of the trails are marked and a knowledge of the park is helpful in finding them. The main access point is at the fire station at the eastern edge of the park. Follow the kiln road to the west and look carefully on either side for the trails. There truly are more than 20 miles of visible single track here if you look carefully.

scenic driving
Monday, March 07, 2011

This famous, classic route is beautiful at any time of year. During fall foliage, it is stunning! Literally! I've seen people get their first exposure to New England foliage along this road, and watched them stare, open-mouthed. Do not miss this route if you can get there.

mountain biking
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