Explore the most popular walking 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.

5 days ago

This is amazing. Easy to get to even if the park is closed.

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

We are novice hikers so this was a little harder than anticipated but we are so happy we did it! We’ve driven up Greylock a few times but this was our first time hiking it. Unfortunately it was overcast and foggy so the views at the top were non-existent. Coming down was steep and much harder than going up!

Lots of elevation change, you are essentially summiting three mountains. Great views and lots of picnic tables up top to enjoy lunch.

Gorgeous location, visited many times

more than what I expected

hiking
25 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!

Fascinating place, very grounding, somewhat surreal, worth every penny.

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

Trail head is at back corner of solar array. Beaver dam blocks trail head but if you cross in front of dam the trail is there. Heavy atv use spoils lower trai but upper trail is nice.

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

Beautiful park!

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.

on Waterfall Trail

2 months 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
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).

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
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.

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.

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