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

Good short afternoon stroll with a bit of mud and rocks near falls. Well worth the effort

Easy, quick hike , I had 10 kids with me from our pathfinder group, they all enjoyed, beautiful scenery

This was a great quick hike- the waterfall is beautiful

more than what I expected

hiking
26 days ago

Nice hike that starts right through a quiet neighborhood and then turns into a nice and easy walk through the woods on a rocky trail that follows the clear little creek for just over a mile to a neat waterfall that’s carved its way back through years and years of rock. Cool shiny rocks, highly shaded. Little bit of wet-clay mud, which is to be expected in the environment your in. Stopped by Bright Ideas Brewing afterwards for a pint and then headed to the 6’ House Pub for dinner.

hiking
1 month ago

It would be unfair for me to review this trail because it is a part of me. I guess that's the best way to present it. If you choose to walk the full 250+ miles, the trail will absorb a bit of you, and you will absorb a bit of the trail. Follow the white blazes. Bask in the history of America's oldest distance-hike. It is a gateway drug to the Appalachian Trail (which was conceived on the Long Trail, by the way). Get footwear that can withstand comic amounts of mud. This should be on everyone's bucket list.

Delightful and beautiful trail, easy walk most of the way to the falls. The foot path follows the brook the entire way to the Cascade. Very nice on a hot day as well- feels cool in the gorge-like waterfall area. Make sure you plan ahead or read up on where to park!

hiking
1 month ago

Quiet trail I thought the trail was relatively easy w a couple of steeper spots , but nothing hard by any means. Stopped at the twisted remains of a plane crash. Then a short push to the AT then we made our way to the summit of Greylock

It’s a beautiful trail along Notch Brook. Not very long but a nice way to enjoy nature and get some exercise. This year the water flow is one of the highest in many years. The City needs to work on more directional signage at the Y. The other new signs have been up less than a year and are a big improvement on nothing before. Marion Ave. goes from a boulevard with a median to a narrow lane at the end which is why there is no parking and no turnaround. The signs on Rt. 2 and at the corner of Pershing and Marion all direct Cascade Trail visitors to park at the Y. Just go there. It has been a local trail for decades but with so many people discovering it on the internet the traffic and parking became a big problem at the end of Marion Ave. Take the extra steps!

Tough mudder!!

hiking
1 month ago

A very good but looong hike! We parked in the parking lot at Notch road-it looks like the first part of the trail is about 0.3 miles before the start of the trail on the app. I think I saw a sign that said 2.5 miles from the parking lot to the AT. This trail is not very busy which is nice- the plane crash site was interesting to see. We took the AT to the summit of Mt Greylock for some amazing views. There was even a place to buy a meal/snacks/fill up water bottles at the summit. The entire trip from the parking lot to the summit and back was more like 12-13 miles total according to my FitBit.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. It’s an easy walk with a gorgeous waterfall at the end. I did this in less than an hour, including a nice sit to watch the waterfall. As stated in other reviews, it’s not the most well-marked trailhead. GPS took me to the wrong side of the neighborhood. Park at the school/YMCA and then you have to walk through a neighborhood to get to the trailhead.

Thank you to the previous hikers who posted about where to park! Parts of the trail were washed out- but the scenery is well worth the walk! Bring bug spray! What a gem

hiking
2 months ago

I don't know why everyone keeps posting here that you cannot park on Marion Avenue...you most certainly can!
The 'trailhead' consists of the about 10 feet of dirt area at the front up to the large boulder - not the whole street.
As long as you don't block driveways, feel free to park on Marion Ave...the police have already said it's a city street and parking is allowed.
Residents park on the street all the time.

hiking
2 months ago

Small hike to the waterfalls along a beautiful creek. Since it was raining till morning it’s a bit muddy but the weather added beauty to the views. Easy hike for kids. Loved the falls. You can walk all the way to the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was a bit difficult to find. GPS will take you to a dead end residential neighborhood where you cannot park. We parked at ymca and backtracked to trailhead on foot. Walking through a private neighborhood seemed odd but worth it when we found a fairy village living in a tree :) must be some creative people in that neighborhood. The trail was pretty short but super fun. The last part trying to get to the falls was a bit steep and muddy but so very worth it. There’s tons of bugs because you’re surrounded by water so bring bug spray. The waterfall was completely accessible we stood under the falls and enjoyed looking at the thin shiny rocks. This trail is definitely one of my favorites.

nature trips
2 months ago

A great walk through the woods to a terrific waterfall. There was a bit of foot traffic, but nothing to dampen the enjoyment (and everyone was very friendly). Finding the trailhead was definitely easier thanks to the advice from Sarah Coelho (it is not well marked at the YMCA).

hiking
3 months ago

Since I had previously hiked this when parking was permitted on Marion Rd, I thought I’d update the directions since there are not good directions once you park at the YMCA- I parked near the side where you overlook Brayton Hill
Walk behind the ymca past the playground, follow the tree line to a paved path, you’ll enter the woods to the right over a bridge, cross notch rd to Pershing st, at end of Pershing turn right onto Marion and trail head is on the right at the end of the street!
Great shady, short hike with lots of water spots for dogs to cool off!

As other reviews have noted, once you park at the school/YMCA head for the red shack at the end of the parking lot, down the stone stairs and across the bridge. THEN up the hill and exit on the street—go straight and then turn right at the next block. You have to walk through 2 blocks of neighborhood before you get to the trailhead. This wasn’t clear from other reviews and could be confusing.

hiking
3 months ago

I found the falls at the end of this trail to be absolutely stunning. The hike is short, easy, and it's in the shade, which was key on the day that we went. We parked at the YMCA and found the trail without too much trouble, thanks to instructions that other people posted here. Kathleen Salisbury's were particularly helpful. Make sure to bring bug spray, especially if you're going later in the afternoon, but don't let the bugs deter you. This is an awesome hike.

Did this loop 6/24/18 as a training hike for a Yellowstone trip. Got a late start (1045). Knew thunderstorms were coming and was gonna cut it short after Mt Williams. Decided to do the entire loop regardless. Warm and muggy. I hike a lot..was carrying a 25 lb vest. This hike was hard. I was trying to beat the storms. It is very easy to miss the Mt Prospect trail going up the south slope off the money broom trail. I kept looking for it to branch off to the left after every stream crossing. Thank Godfor the gps. And speaking of going up the south slope of Mt Prospect...damn that was not easy. About 1200-1300 of ascent in about a mile. The thunderstorm did not help. There were no water sources really until Greylock. A couple beautiful views.

Finished in about 5.5 hours and it was a great training hike.

trail is dificult to find. Directions take you near it but signs everywhere say no parking for trail head. You actually have to park behind a YMCA in their lot. Signage to get you there is non -existant. If it weren't for a small blue blaze we saw on a paved sidewalk, we may still be looking for the trail. Once you find this spot, youthen you have to hike through a residential development for 3/10 of a mile to get to the actual trail head in somebodies front yard. Kind of strange setup. I am not sure this short hike is worth the effort.

not worth the effort it takes to find this thing

Did this loop with my small dog as an overnight trip, starting with the AT (south) to Mount Prospect, then staying at the Sperry Road campground. Completed the second half including Mount Greylock the next day. Unfortunately there were no views from Greylock due to the very foggy, misty weather, although it did make for a pretty quiet hike. Was definitely made more difficult by having an overnight pack, but I can see this being doable in one day without the pack as long as you begin early and are in really good shape. The trail was well marked the entire way, especially the AT sections.

hiking
4 months ago

This is not in Clarksburg State Park; it's not even in Clarksburg.

You have to park at the YMCA/Brayton Elementary School.. Do not park on Marion Avenue! It's a residential area and no room for people to park.

It's not challenging at all except for the mosquitoes. That said, it's a lovely spot and if you're not used to hiking, this is a good introduction. The elevation gain is hardly noticeable. It can be muddy so if you go after a rain be careful.

I give it four stars because the mosquitoes sucked the fifth star out of me.

A word about parking:
There is no parking at the trailhead - where the directions from this app take you. Park at the North Adams YMCA. This is attached to an elementary school. Directly across the asphalt from the main entrance to the school is a set of concrete steps going down to an asphalt path to a wooden bridge. This is the way to get to the trail. It’s super easy and a nice walk.

I spoke to one of the residents of the area near the trailhead and they are trying hard to make access convenient while maintaining their properties.

As you can imagine with an easy hike to a spectacular view this place gets crowded on the weekends with people even parking on the lawns of the people who live in this quiet residential area.

When you get to the YMCA you may notice a sign for the trail head before you see the entrance to the elementary school - follow the sidewalk to the right from that sign and the stairs will be on your left.

Also note these signs say the trail is marked in blue blazes - from what I can tell it is only the access route from the ymca to the trail head that is blazes. There are no other blazes along the actual trail to the waterfall. It is well worn and obvious but there are no blazes.

This is a moderate loop that takes you over the largest peak in Massachusetts. It includes a Leanto 4 miles from the end for an overnight but this is doable in one day. Recommend starting early in the AM as we didn’t get to camp until about 5pm. Not much for wildlife other than small critters. Fire wood is available in season for leanto sight (not at the one we used). I recommend going in reverse and staying at the Wilbur Clearing leanto. There are serveral fresh water sources as well. This was a great hike and the trails are amazing as well as beautiful waterfall, one of which was right next to our campsite.

2 Guys and a Dog

hiking
6 months ago

There is no parking at the trail head. Park at the YMCA in North Adams and there are signs leading to the trail head. Trail is beautiful. With the snow melting the water was very high and some areas of the trail was under water and a little washed out. Worth a visit!! Beautiful!!

birding
8 months ago

Such a fantastic track, great in any weather and awesome for any difficulty, it becomes increasingly more difficult as you reach the falls but not enough to where beginners cannot complete it. went during the winter and during the summer and the trail is trafficked enough to see without any trouble but you kind of have the freedom to explore the woods. Would absolutely recommend, if i had any complaint parking is it, its in a suburb so it can be weird to maneuver well

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