Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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.

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.

Nice views from the Pine Cobble junction and Eph's Lookout. Street parking is plentiful along Massachusetts Ave, near the start.

Not one of the more scenic sections of the AT, but it's a good climb up to the VT border, with a challenging stretch about 2.5 miles up that's strewn with boulders and rocks. This is very steep, so the "Bad Weather trail" serves as a bypass when conditions are too wet and unsafe.

For those section hikers, the parking for this is at Greylock Community Club on Rt. 2, not where the trail directions take your GPS...that's private residences. Free water, but not parking.

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

My kiddos and I hiked all the trails of this little gem today (there are more than shown here -- about 4 miles in total). We saw only one other group of travelers and otherwise had the trails all to ourselves. The trails are marked beautifully, and the field trails are well maintained. Unfortunately, many of the wooded trails have been crowded in by brush (including lots of wild raspberries -- especially on the South Trail -- ouch), We did run into lots of muddy areas (a few marshy areas as well), but I'm assuming the mud dries out as the Summer season draws on.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pleasant and easy 4.2 miles

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I don't know who rated this trail as easy, but it most definitely is not. I made the mistake of wearing sandals to hike and bringing my five year old lol. It's a moderate grade if you start going counter clockwise, I couldn't imagine trying to hike up the actual ski trail. Coming down it was difficult enough. Another bad choice was doing this hike on an 85 degree day. Altogether it was decent hike, 75% is shaded by the woods, provides a good workout, and there is a view at the top of Berlin Mountain. Just make sure to wear suitable shoes, try hiking on a not so hot day, and be prepared to take your time down the ski slope (possibly landing on your bottom a couple times .)

snowshoeing
Sunday, February 12, 2017

This place is a nice, easy hike/trip. There are a few different trails that can be picked. More info can be found by looking up Feild Farm on thetrustees.org as this is one of their properties. They have trail maps available there. When you turn down Sloan Rd you will drive for a bit and the property is on the right. You will turn down the driveway and then follow the sign for the trail parking. It is a small parking lot (maybe 5 cars). The little pond is nice. I picked this place because it was the first time I had ever gone snowshoeing so I wanted someplace with mostly flat land but some small hills. This place was a perfect place for me.

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Williams Trail is between 3 and 4 miles long. My GPS measured it as about 3.5 miles. If you travel counter-clockwise around the loop, the trail is close to 3 miles up Berlin Mountain and about 0.5 miles downhill. The downhill was formerly a ski slope and is quite steep near the bottom. There were lots of wild flowers on the steep portion of the trail.

There are several other trails that share paths with this loop and there are not always trail markers indicating which way to go. If you are going counter-clockwise then whenever the trail has a fork then keep taking the path on the left and if you are going clockwise then keep taking the trail on the right.

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The trails are well maintained, there are quite a few informational placards scattered about (both historical and ecological in nature), and the skill-level was exactly what I wanted for a "quick hike" with my kids (ages 10 and 15). My only (teeny tiny) complaint is that the trails aren't marked at the junction; thankfully it is easy enough to select the correct trail based on the map.

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

great walk! 5 women ages 50+ and a wonderful yellow lab thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful hike.

walking
Monday, January 04, 2016

This is a gorgeous walk with a steady, but not taxing upward walk until reaching the hight of land, then a gradual descent upon the return. A real tresure.

trail running
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Beautiful trails

hiking
Friday, September 18, 2015

Nice parking. Well maintained. Nice wooded trail and open meadow trail. Challenging run. Nice walk with dog. Beautiful view in meadow at sunset. No view at summit.

hiking
Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lots to enjoy!

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