Explore the most popular river trails in Massachusetts with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

scenic driving
9 days ago

Nice views of the Berkshire Mountains and foothills, as well as the Deerfield River Valley. Several overlooks and scenic places to admire the views. I’m sure it would be even better in the fall.

Not a bad place to walk around. I did some snowshoeing on the river when it froze over but, overall the place needs some TLC.

Watch your ankles! Fun trail but not for jogging.

11 days ago

A decent beginners trail. The first half is a gradual up hill walk, then to the fall. Fall are very relaxing, best seen march - may after rain.. the walk back is very easy and all downhill... 1.9 miles round trip.

Walk it with my baby daughter! Love to search for crickets on the walking bridge! Also love to stand on the middle of the bridge on a windy day and watch the swamp growth wave in the breeze!

This trail has 2 beautiful waterfalls and great views from a ledge high above the lake and river. The hardest trail to find on the route is the steep trail that goes up to the ledges from the river. It is not well marked or well traveled. If you decide to go uphill on this trail, look for a reflector on a tree on the left and some red and blue ribbons on the trees on the right and confirm with your ALLTrails app. If you get confused, just keep going uphill. If you go up that way first and walk along the ledges trail, toward Spirit Falls, you may not be able to cross the falls at the top if the water is high. You may want to go up the trail that follows the falls first (the farthest one - just south of "Tall Timbers" on the map). If you can't cross at the top to return along the ledges, at least you have seen Spirit Falls and can retrace your steps without doing the loop. Late winter or spring is best if you want to see the falls ripping and roaring. Bring microspikes (maybe snowshoes, too) in winter and early spring as parts of the trail can be icy. Parts of the trail are steep and rocky. Don't forget to look for a short trail that goes out to a bench on the ledges where you'll have a great view of the lake and river. It's just south of where it says "The Ledges" on the map. The trail is fine in the summer, but don't expect a lot of water at the falls.

Close by and well marked trails
Not a quiet place - close to roads - but still pretty

dont come here.

we've spent too much time getting familiar with this place. Read it's history. its very real. This place is dangerous and there are strange practices happening here.

multiple unsolved murders, one as recent as 20 years ago should be enough to scare off tourists.

Have felt in danger on multiple occasions here. Stay away.

Absolutely beautiful trail, well keep but obviously well travelled and often busy... but amazing views!

I Like it.

27 days ago

Fairly easy walk by water and through woods. Not that crowded on a Saturday in late February.

Nice but a little muddy due too weather. Very relaxing.

1 month ago

mostly paved, flat path along the water. Plenty of parking.

Brisk morning hike, 9 degrees, but worth it. Well maintained and great morning views, ah tranquility. Enjoy...

This trail has so many different paths and sites to see! There are many people and dogs out on the trail, however, even in the winter! The best trail is the red trail, as it has a suspended rope bridge and a boardwalk!

very easy. nice views of the Shawsheen river. bird sanctuary in Western end

We love walking this loop with our dogs. It's beautiful from fall till early spring but is overrun with ticks in spring and summer

Short and simple, great place to unwind after work, or a perfect picnic spot. Bring bugspray, where there's water there's bugs!

Beautiful. A bit flooded from snow melt. Easy for kids!

beautiful Trails, very dog friendly off leash, great clean water.

Beautiful views!

trail running
2 months ago

A really nice loop. There is a beaver in there somewhere but couldn't find his home.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great MTB trails and awesome pump track. The good mountain bike trails can be difficult to find but after a couple of trips it is easy to get the lay of the land.

Great hike with Rocky even went off on our own. Trails where great big and wide and clean

3 months ago


trail running
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite properties. Parked in the Noon Hill parking area and headed over the dam and around Holt pond to the cut-thru. Crossed Causeway Street and headed straight down to the Charles River (awesome horseshoe bend at this location). The light and views were terrific this morning! Continued clockwise out of the pine forest and thru the maple forest then to the candy cane forest to another river viewing spot. Several options on the return. So sweet!

Beautiful birding, boardwalk, mill pond has many falls, Charles river loop extension is a must.

Fun and interesting, a lake, the river, boardwalks, pretty views. Lots to see

Easy to get to, beautiful trail, need the GPS to navigate.

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