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Easy trail for mountain biking. Flat, only a couple hills;nothing too difficult. No rocks. The trail is slim and windy but I would say it’s a good beginners course. Very fun ride.

2 days ago

I took a nice walk around the bog there and did see some interesting wildlife. Suggestion: bring a walking stick, mine came in handy defending myself from an aggressive dog. A lot of people walk dogs and unfortunately some have difficulties keeping them under control.

walking
4 days ago

This is a large garden with trails. It's beautiful to walk here, and in the right season you can see lots of flowers (spring) or enjoy the fall foliage. The price is a bit steep compared with other locations you might hike, but you are paying for the upkeep of beautiful grounds. We enjoyed this place and came back to do a cart tour with my elderly mother. The cart tour is only a couple of dollars extra per person and is a wonderful private tour if someone in your group has limited mobility.

hiking
4 days ago

This is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary with a variety of trails. On our first visit, we took my frail elderly mother. We borrowed their all-terrain wheelchair and took my mother on the short accessible trail by the lily pond. For our second visit (without my mother), we did a longer hike along the millpond path, Charles River loop, and frog pond trail. The nature is varied with ponds, small waterfalls, the Charles River, woods, and a few meadows. We saw a turtle, frog, deer, a flock of wild turkeys, and numerous other birds. Trails are generally well-marked, and we only had a few points of confusion.

The majority of the trail is well-marked and fairly easy to navigate. If you want to see the waterfall, you need to take a side trail that is located about half a mile up the start of the main trail. Fairly far into our hike, we got to the view points, which were were stunning.

As others have noted, there are two bridges that make it easy for a dog to catch their paw in the holes. I carried my 60 lb dog over both. They're pretty short bridges, so that was doable.

Shortly after the view points, we unintentionally got off the trail (it didn't appear there was anywhere else for us to go that was marked). The forest was very steep with unsteady footing. Having my dog unleash was particularly difficult - - it was steep enough that we slid several times. We used our compass to point North toward the head of the trail, but it still felt disorienting to not see anything that looked like a trail for a long time. Thankfully, we ran into a couple and their pup who were also lost but had a better grip of how to get toward the trail head. (shout out to Alana, Troy and Ollie for helping us and keeping us calm). We even had to cross a stream to get back to the trail. Overall, it was a beautiful trail but the trail needs to be better marked at the end.

mountain biking
6 days ago

Wonderful property. Started on north side and went into Trustees property too. All in there must be around 4,000 acres to explore. Worked my way around the pond then headed south to the reservoir and camping area. I wonder why that one area is closed off? Some of the single track is too rooty and rocky for my taste but it's good stuff. Will be back.

We used Roaring Brook as an approach to Mount Greylock, which offered a nice challenge and more remote feel than Cheshire Harbor Trail. The trail follows a brook through serene hemlock woods, before climbing steeply through the woods to a dirt road, after crossing the road, we linked up with Hopper Trail and the AT for the summit of Greylock. Definitely would recommend this to anyone wanting to climb this peak.

Pretty good quick off leash trail. All in the shade. Trail was well marked. Don't forget bug spray

awesome ride to the beach and back. went off route couple times to check things out. Great campground along the way.

4.25/5 is my review and we only saw a fraction of the park. The staff at the gates were very helpful and the park itself is pristine with clear water and and easy terrain. Living minutes away, this place is a gem.

Hikers, be aware: there was a murder on this trail in the 1980s.
Spooky, historical hike. Dogtown was settled in the 1600s by 80 families fleeing pirates, natives, and other coastal bombardments. After the revolutionary war and the war of 1812, dogtown was abandoned, and became a ghost town that housed squatters in the abandoned buildings. Lots of rumors about witches and other such things, too. The numbered boulders signify where a house once stood.
Easy to get lost - multiple maps are needed.

Great easy hike! Not much elevation change, which means you can save your energy for the swimming holes. The water is crystal clear and perfect to cool you down. Bring a backpack with a couple towels in it and you’ll be set. Gorgeous views if you’re willing to climb down the steep embankments off the main trail down to the water. The trail itself (which is more like a road most of the time) is clear and well maintained. It can get a little muddy here and there, but there’s always a way around. Follow the diamond KAB markers and you’ll stay right on track. I’ll definitely be going back to this one.

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!

trail running
11 days ago

Ugly path. At least on the initial section I ran on.

Me and my bestfriend did this hike today!!! Loved every second of it. Peaceful, and relaxing! A lot of activities too. People bring their dogs, they jog, there’s people swimming! Very clean, very nice! Would definitely recommend to everyone who you like to walk peacefully.

Loved the views. Well groomed path.

We camped out near the third/fourth bridge, on the abandoned line that can now be walked across. it was a good day to go swimming and even in the evening the water was still quite warm. If you are planning to hike so far away from the parking lot, I would recommend bringing the smallest tent you can find. I brought my 4-person Coleman tent, but it got pretty heavy and we had to stop several times to rest. will definitely be picking up a smaller 2-person pop-up tent before making the trek again.

A bit longer by my GPS. Nice trail overall, great for h King and okay for trail running. The moraine section was difficult, and the trail is poorly marked. Needed the map consistently and still made a couple incorrect turns. Great trail for his area

Maudslay State Park is a beautiful place to wander. There are an abundance of trails, many of which loop around the park.

Nice trail around the pond. Beautiful at 5:00 pm

good for starting

This place is beautiful and peaceful. Lots of bugs! Bring bug spray.

road biking
17 days ago

Love this trail! Bike it every week now! Beautiful views, smooth surface - especially now that they just finished resurfacing the upper part near NH - no more bumps and roots!

If you've reached the place to hike, take a trail. If you're here to see the falls, do that but really, going to the falls up the road is not really a trail hike. This place gets a fair amount of visitors and I'd say the majority have come to visit the water, not hike. So, if you visit and looking to hike, don't let the amount of people you might see discourage you. Most aren't climbing up the mountain to see the views. I went up the H.Newman Marsh Memorial trail today and saw 3 people (father/mother/son), that's it. There were many others but most just visited to get wet. The description about this trail is fairly accurate but it's not all blue blazes. It is a combination of green and blue. This is on the upper level of a "moderate" hike, almost what would be considered a "hard" one. It starts out as a steep incline and stays that way till the Memorial Trail part. It's probably a half hour to 45 minute hike on average to the split. Though the directions say to follow the brook, I kept wondering where this brook was because it's almost dried out at this time. Following the directions, I did the cross over the "brook" part and continued on. What you read in the directions above, it says look for the vistas signs but what you see first is the sign for the Memorial Trail. Being that this is a loop, I went left and then saw signs for the vistas. The first one was spectacular, amazing. The next two were OK. I know some have mentioned about overgrowth but it appears that they (for lack of a better term), mowed down this growth. You can see the vegetation/trees on the middle vista had been pushed over and appear dead. The markings all along my hike were fine, don't see where some got confused. I did the Memorial Trail loop and then went back down the way I came up. Going down can be just as tough as going up as you need to watch your step. One of my toughest climbs as of late but that first vista was worth it.

Nice place to clear your mind and the views are nice. Trail isn’t marked too well

hiking
17 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!

hiking
18 days ago

Few minutes down from parking lot to beautiful view of the falls. Takes longer getting to the parking lot from any main road but worth it. This isn't in Huntington though. It's in Middlefield. Trail path off to right side from parking lot goes down to the base of the falls. There are man made steps made of stone and wood, a bit different but nice and makes it easy. Very short path to the left goes to the top and there are some shallow pools that people use to wade in and cool off. Bring some drinks and a snack and spend a little time.

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.

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