Explore the most popular views 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.

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

Beautiful park!

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.

4 days ago

Awesome place to explore! While there is not much hiking, there is a lot of natural beauty, and cool tidbits of info along the paths. There is something for everyone there :)

hiking
15 days 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
21 days 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
26 days 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).

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
1 month 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
1 month 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)

Decided a few months ago to get back to hiking. Used to hike a lot in my youth but somewhere along the line I just stopped. Found this app and started searching for trails. Having gone to college in this area, I knew there were trails but never knew about the Hoosac Range Trail so figured I'd check it out. At almost 6 miles round trip, give yourself some time to do the out and back. I do agree with its moderate rating so if you haven't done much in the way of exercising in recent memory, find a trail rated as easy and get some practice before attempting this one.

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
2 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.

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.

Couldn’t find the trail. There are no signs from the road to indicate where the trail is.

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!

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.

Great trail year round. Among the best in the Berkshires.

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
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 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.

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