Walking & Hiking Trails

Dec 20 2009
Published by under Hiking Trails
Mineral Hills, Northampton, MA

Mineral Hills, Northampton, MA

Mount Tom State Reservation – Holyoke and Easthampton – Great views, hawk watching, visitor center. 20 miles of walking and hiking trails.

The William Cullen Bryant Homestead – Cummington – Walking and hiking trails, birdwatching, picnic area, historic home and barn.

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary – Easthampton – 5 miles of walking trails near the Oxbow.

Chesterfield Gorge – West Chesterfield – Very nice walking and hiking along the Westfield River. 1/2 mile trail along the top of the gorge. Seven mile hike on the East Branch trail. Public restrooms and picnic area.

Mount Holyoke Range State Park – Amherst (Hadley to Belchertown) – over 30 miles of walking and hiking paths, including the Horse Caves and the Notch. The visitor’s center on route 116 in Amherst is open daily.

JA Skinner State Park – Hadley – 400 acres on Mount Holyoke, including the Summit House, visible from many parts of Northampton.

Mineral Hills Conservation Area – Northampton – short hikes along a ‘paper’ roads network. No major views, but a nice walk in the woods. I found the trail markings a bit confusing, though. The parking area is off Sylvester Road in Northampton.

Williamsburg Woodland Trails – Williamsburg – walking and hiking trails in and around Williamsburg.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation – provides a searchable listing of state parks with descriptions and maps

Trustees of Reservations – “Find Your Place” page provides a listing by property name as well as a clickable state map

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