Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!!

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

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!

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!

10 months ago

W

11 months ago

Super Awesome

hiking
11 months ago

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Beautiful falls.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Nice short hike...the cascade was beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

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.

walking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Easy hike. A little muddy and slippery today, but totally worth it!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

This is a lovely trail with plenty to see and just challenging enough to feel it's more than a stroll. But not overly challenging. There is one place where the trail looks like you have to either jump rocks in the river or go high up on a river bank to continue on. Unfortunately it had been raining quite a lot, and I tripped on a branch and fell, so I didn't feel confident enough to do either. So we turned back and missed the waterfall. Hoping to come back again and give it another try.

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