Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

Loved this park. Awesome park ranger to five a tour for free with some history included. Worth the time to take the tour. Amazing view lf the old quarry, it's truly unbelievable!

hiking
12 days 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.

Very quiet, serene walk through the woods on a well-marked trail. About half the trail is overgrown and even though we went in the middle of a heat wave it was pretty muddy in places.

hiking
14 days 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.

Very scenic area and not a long hike to reach. The gorge and natural bridge were amazing to see and just makes you wanna dive on in. (please dont do)

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
29 days 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.

Neat little place! Never been here before, but I plan to bring my boyfriend out to the area to explore trails and parks and this will definitely be on the list.

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.

very unique, easy walk, interesting geology.

Busby is a fairly nice trail and the views from Spruce Hill are great. However if you take Blackburnian down it's poorly marked, overgrown, and a muddy mess almost the entire way back. I've done this full route in both September and late May and the conditions were the same.

Haven’t been here in years - made my way back today. It’s excellent, my dog loved it!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Include the South Pond Loop. I use this trail year round.

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

walking
2 months ago

another beautiful place to visit. great for pics and literal AWE-some moments.

hiking
3 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!!

It was a decent hike, but we stopped at an overlook a little before the summit because there were some bugs that looked like bees. Apart from that, it was a nice hike, and it looks like the vistas from the top are quite nice.

hiking
4 months ago

Poorly marked, but beautiful along the brook!

birding
5 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

Um, not a trail. But very cool, a must-see.

A walk in the park along a stream. Can't get too close to the falls, but nice anyhow. Good for kids.

trail running
7 months ago

50 degrees and high winds today- made for wet conditions on the trail and a soaked boot. Was a lovely walk/jog in the woods though. Hoping to try it with the cross country skis once the snow hits. Be forewarned- not a very defined trailhead- just walk from the large beach parking lot counterclockwise and you'll find the north pond loop trailhead by the road.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice post freeze hike, would imagine it is a wet hike other times of the year

Great fall hike!

It's definitely not hiking...more exploring. But my 3 boys (ages 3-8) absolutely loved it!

Great trail and great overlook! The trail from start of the main road to the overlook is 2.4 miles.

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