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

hiking
6 days ago

Decided to go here as I hadn't walked the area in about 35 years. Found out there is an outer loop and a lakeside loop or shorter walk. The outer has some undulation on the trails and a little bit of elevation changes. Took about 45 minutes for the outer loop. The area has moderate traffic so expect to see a few people walking the area. There are also many other trails that branch out from this so take a brochure as you start the hike in case you want to extend your walk. The beginning is just to the left of the parking lot but it doesn't really say it's the starting area. It just is an area with a place to view the map and has a gate so start walking up and look for yellow blazes. It's really not that difficult and I would consider it an easy trail but on the higher end of that rating. Did the inner or lakeside loop afterwards and this starts next to the yellow blazed trail. Look to the left as you start walking up from the gated area and then stay close to the lake. The trails are really like something you'd see going to Disney. They put gravel down in spots so it's more like a walking on a sidewalk to start. You go over a nice footbridge and can check out some of the back of the lake if you want to walk down from the trail to the side of it.

hiking
26 days ago

What a peaceful, beautiful place to take a walk. Really enjoy it and will most definitely go again.

Nice place for a walk and not too many bugs and cool to walk in between bodies of water.

road biking
1 month ago

perfect place for a relaxing walk or bike ride ✌

loved it as a kid and thirty years later too

Fairly easy and short hike. Great view! Also dog friendly which is perfect for us!

did it for the first time, and I was great

I love it

Great short hike with rewarding views!

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Walked the loop with my hiking friend. Such a beautiful area. Quiet, sunny, and wide open. Sparkling water, on all sides. One strip of land laid out on the water as a miniature replica of the key west 7 mile bridge. Such a great place- makes you feel lost from the world.

hiking
6 months ago

One of my favorite local hikes. Along the way there is a point where you get a great view of the Holyoke Resevoir on the right as you get closer to the monument. The last few times I took this trail there was some orange snow fence stretched across the trail saying it was closed for habitat protection.

awesome peaceful hike

Very pretty. I didn't take the whole trial because it was overgrown w/ long grass beyond the water in places, but if you had long pants, it would be fine. I stuck to the trail that circled the water & it was 1-1.5 miles, varying in ease of the actual path. If you are looking at the water from the road, the path on the left of the water is much bumpier, w/ hills & roots, while the path on the other side is flatter and well-maintained. There are a couple places to sit near the water, as well as a few picnic tables & grills nearby. I've hiked Mt Tom countless times, but found out about this trail through this app & love it cuz it's a nice short walk for after work, esp since sunset is getting earlier. Make sure to park outside the gate on Reservation Rd (from the Holyoke side) if you will be there after 6pm, so you don't get locked inside & have the call the state troopers, like the people we saw last time we went.

walking
9 months ago

Love Ashley. Very pretty water views. It feels like you are in the middle of nature, although it is not very remote & easy to get to. You can also take several different paths, so the distance can be changed. When I take the long loop, staying right as you walk in, then along the outer edges & back through the middle, straight, it is approx 4 miles & takes around an hour, walking at a fast pace. It is a mostly flat, gravel path, good for kids and beginners. The geese can be aggressive in the spring w/ their babies, but are generally easy to avoid. Their mess is harder to dodge in the early warm months. It's fun for a bike ride too.

walking
9 months ago

Love Ashley. Very pretty water views. It feels like you are in the middle of nature, although it is not very remote & easy to get to. You can also take several different paths, so the distance can be changed. When I take the long loop, staying right as you walk in, then along the outer edges & back through the middle, straight, it is approx 4 miles & takes around an hour, walking at a fast pace. It is a mostly flat, gravel path, good for kids and beginners. The geese can be aggressive in the spring w/ their babies, but are generally easy to avoid. Their mess is harder to dodge in the early warm months. It's fun for a bike ride too.

hiking
10 months ago

mountain biking
10 months ago

great for biking. lots of off the path trails.

walking
10 months ago

A good stretch of the legs. Uneven ground and a good length make it not the easiest trail for some people, but it's scenic and provides views of Bray Lake and the surrounding woodland.

Quiet, beautiful, relaxing... I go to this reservoir almost everyday... great for a run or bike ride. Love the wilderness and animals surrounding the property.

walking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

love this walk!

walking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

One of my favorite places in the area... Great for families and all fitness levels. Even when parking lots are full it never feels too crowded.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Very easy hike!

walking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

This place is absolutely one of my favorite places for a nice walk or run! I love the scenery and the walk is very peaceful. Never does it get "too" crowded ever!

walking
Friday, June 23, 2017

Lovely walk through woods and around reservoir...Canada geese, swallows, Baltimore oriole, red-winged blackbird, cardinals, king fishers, painted turtles...great walk!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

An oasis of beauty & one of my favorite places to run. Choose several distances among the paths that cut across the water.

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

if you've never been, be prepared for rocky trails, uphill will take your breath away, afraid of heights, avoid. very scary walking along cliff. beautiful views. my thing is if start a trail you should end there, not the case, unless you want to track back the way you came, in my opinion I didn't. forgot also climbing rocks, just like rock climbing, take backpack to keep hands free for balance.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

So pretty and an easy walk

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