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

12.5.18. Well marked trail — follow the blue blazes. Steep climb begins at the half mile point for about a mile. You can rest at a lean-to near where the Hopper trail begins. Beautiful hike through hemlock forest with the eponymous brook roaring away for the first half mile. It’s December, so quite a bit of snow and ice on the path and it became a skating rink at about a mile in requiring some off-piste walking. Definitely prepare for this trip — good boots, water, walking stick etc. It says it’s hard and, in places, it is.

Walked up to trail head from Cosy Corner Motel by Hey 7 in Williamstown. Easy walking but not difficult to get off track. Lost GPS signal in places and recent clearance operations have removed trees with trail markers at Southern end of first section. Would invest in better map/GPS next time.

Took Roaring Brook to Hopper to the AT to get to the summit. Beautiful hike with amazing scenery! Took about 5 hours including a 20 min break for food at the top. Would definitely recommend

A great hike not too strenuous. Unfortunately, Greylock was socked in so we didn’t get to enjoy the views.

2 months ago

many, if even existing, waterbars poorly maintained. with heavy rain the day before the trail was more of a river than trail. enjoyable otherwise.

I would call it a work out hike! Straight up and straight down also pretty muddy! But that said outstanding views at the top made it all worth while!

Working on the highest peaks in NE. This was a fun hike - only a couple of steep spots, but they're all very easy. I went north up Money Brook - neat waterfall along the trail. I recommend diverting from this route and going up the Mt. Prospect Trail - the views were incredible from Mt. Prospect!! Then connect back into the AT. Mt. Greylock views were beautiful, but crowded at the top since there's an auto road to the top too

The trail is nicely maintained and marked, and there are some very nice views at the top of the meadow as well as interesting trees and whatnot in the wooded areas. The recent rain made parts of the trail particularly wet for our outing today, but it was not terrible. There is ample parking (Williamstown Side on Mason Road), which is always a plus.

snow shoes most wintermonths other months were pleasurable with gear especially the dry snac-foods. more secure especially together w/ 3 or more hikers!

8/24/2018 - hiked the loop today. Very mellow loop. I wish I had hiked in the opposite direction around the loop.The ascent up Money Brook was fairly flat and muddy with no (zero) views until Greylock. I did not get any view from Williams or Fitch (The Money Brook waterfall was worth the extra 400 yard walk). View from Greylock summit was nice and the War Memorial was interesting and crowded. The return on Hopper was dry, steeper and had a nice look-back at Greylock and the Hopper. It would have made for a more interesting ascent. Nice hike in a beautiful part of Massachusetts. I agree 100% with Graham Ardner's review below.

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3 months ago

Definitely one of my top three hikes so far. There are a few things that need clarification. The trail description says that it's a 4.8 loop and further down it says that it's 2.4 miles to the Sperry Rd campgrounds and another 1.7 to the summit. My math puts that at 4.1 miles just to the summit and 8.2 miles total as an out and back. My legs and the rest of my body concurs. We clocked in at just around 10 miles total for both sections of the Hopper Trail.

As the description states, there are two sections of the trail, but it's a little confusing. The trail takes you to Sperry Rd where it seemingly ends. Here you can find several hike-in campsites, composting privies, an unmanned ranger station, and water spigots. Going left at the trail junction and following Sperry Rd a short distance will bring you to the upper Hopper Trail on the left. Taking a right on Sperry Rd leads you past the bathrooms and on to Stony Ledge overlook with scenic views.

The upper section of Hopper Trail takes you across sections of the auto road and links up with the Overlook trail and the Appalachian trail where the blazes change from blue to white. The trail leads past a beautiful pond with an outbuilding, then a short distance to the summit where the views are spectacular. The war memorial has an observation tower with 360 degree views of the area. Bascom Lodge has restrooms, a small gift shop, a restaurant and accommodations. We retraced our steps back down to the Hopper Rd trailhead.

To reiterate, Hopper Trail has two sections, it doesn't end at Sperry Rd, and it is close to a 9 mile out and back trail, not a 4.8 mile loop.

Signage is good. Trails are well marked. I recommend printing out a map to bring along. There were no maps at the kiosks and cell reception was good, but spotty at times.

The scenery was beautiful. We had the trail mostly to ourselves until the upper Hopper portion. I recommend walking approximately 1000 yards onto the Haley Farm trail at either the beginning or end of your hike to see the "Hopper" (the nickname for the valley). While on the trail you really don't see or realize the valley in which you're hiking along.

We had around 3400' in elevation gain, and I personally rate it as hard. Overall, it took us around 5 1/2 hours to hike it.

Definitely worth the drive from wherever you are to hike Massachusetts' highest peak.

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3 months ago

Nice trail to take from the walk in campsites. Easy to hike and some cool scenery a long the way, but some sections are close to the road with some confusing signage occasionally. The observation tower is nice at the top, but the peak is going to pretty much always be crowded. Always nice to have ice cream or lunch at the top though :)

Did the loop as suggested and loved the waterfall! On the way back, had a spectacular view of the three peaks my friend and I climbed. My only complaint was the confusing signage along the way. We had to backtrack several times to find our way back to the correct trail. All in all an adventurous and fun day!

Much more intense than I expected but it was great. Only downfall in my opinion was the view from the top wasn’t the best, being that it was obstructed by trees.

Nice hike on a bluebird day in July with my two young daughters (9 and 7 years). Beautiful mountain meadow with great vista views of Taconic and Greylock ranges. Also Forrest hike includes a summit (no view from summit due to trees). Many maples, oaks and pines with fern ground cover. There are three different trails in the preserve and all three need not be done. (Niles, summit and Loop is what the signage says). There is also an entrance on Mass side at end of gravel road (Mason road) off rte 7.

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4 months ago

Nice incline, but be aware that this does not lead all the way to the summit—that’s another few miles after the end of this trail.

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.

Did this loop with my wife this last weekend. As per the trail description, we found one of the dispersed camping sites along Money Brook and set up there. We met some folks with a AMC trail book that was 3 years old and it mentioned these same sites. However nowadays, it seems they have signs against it. I guess they just recently changed this. We are both pretty good "leave no trace" campers so we went ahead anyway and it was fine.

We hiked the loop backwards, hitting Greylock first by 6:30am and were the first ones up. I highly recommend you do this so you can enjoy the summit without hoards of people. On the way back, we took the trail over to add on Mt. Prospect which had a decent view. The steep descent from Prospect to Money Brook Trail was probably the hardest part of the hike, but still not bad.

Compared to other treks I've done in the northeast this paled in comparison, which is why I gave it only 3 stars. The trails were easy to follow but overall somewhat "boring." I hate to speak bad of a trail but I want everyone to have a great experience and this one just wasn't very exciting. Mt. Frissell in CT was half the distance and double the fun. Or, if you can make it to the ADKs, White mountains or Green Mountains, do a trail there instead. That said, this was a nice easy hike (I would call it moderate, not hard) and we averaged 2mph, so you can knock it out pretty quick.

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6 months ago

Started at Hailey’s farm and got to the summit in about 2 hours on hopper. Had my dog with me and he had no issues, even with it being the first hike of the year with that incline. Top was extremely foggy and couldn’t see the top of the monument when standing directly below it. Still a great morning hike. Over look trail, through the campground and down on Hailey’s trail keeps you from tracing the same path down.

Been here love it. Thanks for the app.

A great trail, absolutely worth it. Be careful on the ascent about 1.5 miles in. It is absolutely treacherous in wet conditions due to copious green moss.

Great hike, with one minor (?) problem when I followed this trail map this past Saturday. At the 1968 elevation (Money Brook Trail) the map appears to show a sharp turn to the left proceeding upward. At first, I searched for this non-existent V turn. I actually started climbing up the steep incline thinking I'd run into it. In reality, I had to backtrack on the -same- trail section (after viewing the magnificent waterfall) by about 30 or so feet, where a trail marker (not previously noticed) indicated a left turn to proceed. All in all I really loved this hike! I went back on Sunday and did the Mt. Prospect to Greylock hike, also a winner..

Decent, easy hike. Good for pets. While the main trail marked here is well maintained some of the side trails seem less so. The birch brook trail was pretty poorly marked when I hiked back in August. I never tried it in winter. Still, it's not a bad place to go for something simple.

One other thing, there is limited parking. You could probably get away with parking on the road.

This is not an easy loop. I've taken it several times starting out on the Haley Farm Trail to Stony Ledge, a lovely view. It was a steep climb for the first mile with several swicthbacks through a lovely woods. In the 2 mile hike to Stony Ledge there is an elevation gain of about 1500 feet. The hike to the summit of Mount Greylock
from Stony Ledge is another 2 miles in which you gain another 1200 feet in
elevation. Part of this second part of the hike is through a camp ground that is accessible by motor vehicle in season. So non hikers can access Stony Ledge as well.
From the summit, I've returned to the trailhead using the Hopper Trail that took me into the Hopper itself. Beautiful walk.
Be aware that the road leading to the trail head, Hopper Road, is often closed in mud season to all but local traffic. I've only hiked this in sparking weather conditions which adds to the enjoyment of the fabulous sights along the way.

Made it to where the AT splits off before having to turn back because of time. Beautiful ridgeline during the ascent, and great views to the west once the climb is over. A bit of ice in the steeper sections but nothing microspikes couldn't handle. Lot at the AT trailhead holds about ten cars.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Started out from the trailhead on Patterson Road, the AT goes steeply up for the first mile or so, then moderates as you go higher on the ridge. Mt prospect trail deviates to the right passing a couple of beautiful open spots where the views toward the Taconics and Williamstown open up.There is a large Cairn at the summit, then the trail starts to drop down. You do get views of the Greylock summit in the distance. We went on a cold day and it was brisk along the ridge as the air speeds up as it goes over the mountain, but the views were beautiful and very different from most hikes on Greylock that offer views toward the Adams side mostly. We were out about 3 hours which makes a nice half-day hike.

The views from Mt. Williams, Mt. Greylock, and Stony Ledge were amazing! The hike took us longer to complete than I expected which led us hiking the last bit after Stony Ledge in the dark. I would normally be miffed at this, but thankfully there is very little light pollution in the area letting us have an amazing view of the stars once we left the woods all the way to the parking lot.

Bring plenty of water, and the lodge at the top of Greylock has a tap for hikers if you're needing to refill. We didn't really come across other hikers until Mt. Fitch and Greylock. Can't wait to do it again!

Overall this is a good hike. The trails are easy to follow starting from Money Brook and working your way to the AT then to Greylock. Not much traffic but I also started early. The view from the top is incredible, but saturated with tourists which I do not care for. Also, the restaurant in the lodge at the top of Mt. Greylock is overpriced and the food was terrible, also don't serve beer until 4 pm on Sundays(?). Anyway, hiked hopper back to the parking lot which was easy to follow and all downhill. Definitely bring plenty of water and snacks as this will be a long hike. Trails could be better maintained but overall pretty good!

Large parking area at the end of Hopper Rd. Go past the gate and continue onto the Money Brook Trail. You can take the trail all the way until it hooks up with the Appalachian Trail and then take the AT over Greylock, but we cut it just a bit short and took the Old Summit Trail towards the end of the Money Brook Trail to where it connects with the AT to shave off the climb of an additional mountain. Connect back up with the Hopper Trail on the way down Greylock to complete the loop. About 10 miles if you take the Old Summit shortcut. Very physical trail and very challenging for most of it, but a great hike with a gorgeous view at the top (if you can dodge everyone that simply drove up :) )

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