Explore the most popular forest 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.

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

This is a short portion of a much longer through trail. Steep in places. View from the top on Rt 2 is legendary, a sweeping panorama westward of Graylock, the Taconics and the Green Mountains, with North Adams nestled in the valley below looking deceptively bucolic. The nearby Hoosic Ridge Trail is a much finer walk.

18 days 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

30 days ago

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

1 month 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!!

2 months ago

Poorly marked, but beautiful along the brook!

4 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
5 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.

6 months ago

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

Good steep climb!

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.

8 months ago

this is a nice trail along the river , however not well marked in some areas which led to not being able to continue the loop , had to back track out , nice clean well supplied shelter along the way ..

everything I want in a hike as a 50 something semi-in-shape nature lover: babbling water, well marked but unpaved trail, beautiful scenery and doesn't take the whole day to complete. uphill, with rocks and roots but manageable for me. challenging but enjoyable and beautiful.

One of our families favorites!

Breathtaking park!


Super Awesome

9 months ago

I took this one for granted. This was a very challenging hike. A lot of great things to see at the top!

Beautiful falls.

Great family place. Bring a picnic lunch. Not exactly a hike but a unique place nonetheless. A nice addition to a day trip itinerary.

10 months ago

Nice short hike...the cascade was beautiful.

11 months ago

We headed out from the Notch parking lot which has ample parking. We were the only car! The trailhead starts right from the top of the lot.

A very underused trail on the first mile with wet muddy portions (we've had extended rain lately) and a lot of downed trees. Normally that would not be a problem but we were pack carrying a toddler and an infant so height restrictions were in play.

At the 1.5 mark a crashed airplane wing is on the left side of the trail during the ascent. Continue another .3 up to see the full wreckage of the aircraft fatality. Pay some respect as you see it only 30 feet off the trail on the left side as you ascend.

Another .3 up the trail with very steep portions you intersect the AT in a beautiful wooded junction.

We headed back the same route instead of summiting Greylock due to two cranky kids.

Portions muddy and some steep climbs, but a very practical and pretty trail with some sobering history along the edges.

I would do this trail again when the kids are older.

on a historical note:. the aircraft is N540W and crashed in 1967. It is a Piper, not a Cessna as incorrectly stated in a recent article. There were two fatalities.

11 months ago

Easy going, fairly steep slopes next to trail. Be cautious of loose stones, fairly tight when dry.

11 months ago

Parking is very limited at the end of Marion Ave with only several available spots. It is also located next to a private driveway so I highly recommend parking further down the street near the medium and walking to the entrance. Most of the hike to the waterfall is relatively easy, short and mostly flat. However, it gets more challenging at the very end with mud (after it rains), slippery rocks and a few steep hills. I would highly recommend wearing hiking boots (and bringing your camera) for this portion of the trail. The waterfall was beautiful, very photogenic and flowing nicely after all the recent rainfall. I liked that it wasn’t busy and is more of a hidden gem than other waterfalls in the area.

11 months ago

I loved the interesting rock formations. It's definitely worth a look and won't take long because it's small.

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