Massachusetts Trail Guide: AMC Guide to Hiking Trails in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Trail Guide: AMC Guide to Hiking Trails in Massachusetts

by Charles W. G. Smith (Editor)


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For more than 35 years, hikers have relied on the AMC Massachusetts Trail Guide as the most comprehensive guide available to the Bay State's beautiful and diverse terrain. This revised and updated edition provides detailed descriptions of more than 350 trails across the state, including 91 new trails. You'll also find brand-new, GPS-rendered maps of the state's most popular areas -- including the Blue Hills, Wachusett Mountain, and Mount Greylock -- to help you more easily and accurately find your way. Whether you're looking for a short excursion, a daylong adventure, or an overnight trip along the Appalachian Trail, the AMC Massachusetts Trail Guide is a must-have for every hiker trekking in the Bay State.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781929173440
Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Series: AMC Hiking Guide Series
Edition description: Eighth
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 6.36(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Charles W. G. Smith lives in the Berkshires in a log cabin with his wife and children. An environmental horticulturalist and award-winning author, he is also the author of Water Trails of Western Massachusetts and co-author of Nature Walks in Connecticut and Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Key to Mapsviii
How to Use This Bookxi
Trip Planning and Safetyxvii
Natural History of Massachusettsxxx
Stewardship and Conservationxlix
Part I.The Berkshires2
1.Appalachian Trail6
2.Jug End Reservation23
3.Mt. Everett State Reservation23
4.Mt. Washington State Forest26
5.Bash-Bish Falls State Park31
6.South Taconic Trail32
7.Yokun Ridge38
8.Mt. Greylock40
9.Ice Glen Trail System53
11.Dry Hill55
12.Bartholomew's Cobble55
13.Beartown State Forest57
14.Monument Mtn. Reservation58
15.Kennedy Park60
16.Tyringham Cobble60
17.McClennan Reservation61
18.Pittsfield State Forest62
19.Mtn. Meadow Preserve66
20.Housatonic River Greenway Trail66
21.October Mtn. State Forest67
22.Pleasant Valley Sanctuary70
23.Field Farm72
24.Taconic Crest Trail74
25.North Taconic Trails80
26.Stone Hill90
27.Monroe State Forest95
28.Savoy Mtn. State Forest97
29.Notchview Reservation99
Part II.Pioneer Valley and Vicinity104
1.Metacomet-Monadnock Trail107
2.Robert Frost Trail135
3.Pocumtuck Ridge Trail141
4.Mt. Tom State Reservation145
5.Mt. Holyoke Range: West153
6.Mt. Holyoke Range: East156
7.Amherst Conservation Commission Trails158
8.Arcadia Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary160
9.Holland Glen160
10.Mt. Grace State Forest162
11.Mt. Toby State Demonstration Forest162
12.Mt. Sugarloaf Reservation166
13.DAR State Forest167
14.Dubuque Memorial State Forest170
15.Mohawk Trail State Forest174
16.Fannie Stebbins Memorial Wildlife Refuge175
17.Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary176
18.Chester-Blandford State Forest178
19.Bear Swamp180
20.William Cullen Bryant Homestead181
Part III.Central Massachusetts184
1.Tully Trail186
2.Midstate Trail191
3.Wapack Trail199
4.Wachusett Mtn. State Reservation200
5.Wachusett Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary206
6.Leominster State Forest208
7.Purgatory Chasm209
8.Blackstone River and Canal State Park209
9.Bearsden Forest210
10.Brooks Woodland Preserve211
11.Rutland Brook212
12.Harvard Forest212
13.Swift River Reservation214
14.Rock House Reservation214
15.Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary215
Part IV.North and West of Boston218
1.Bay Circuit Trail221
3.Ravenswood Park234
4.Halibut Point & Sea Rocks236
5.Maudslay State Park237
6.Parker River National Wildlife Refuge238
7.Crane Beach239
8.Bradley W. Palmer State Park240
9.Willowdale State Forest241
10.Discover Hamilton Trail243
11.Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary243
12.Phillips Academy Bird Sanctuary244
13.Properties of Andover Village Improvement Society245
14.Charles W. Ward Reservation249
15.Bald Hill Reservation250
16.Weir Hill Reservation251
17.Harold Parker State Forest251
18.Reading Town Forest254
19.Willard Brook State Forest255
20.Gulf Brook & Heald's Pond256
21.Groton Town Forest257
22.Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest258
23.Great Brook Farm State Park258
24.Old Town Hill259
25.Misery Islands260
26.Appleton Farms & Appleton Farms Grass Rides260
27.Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary260
28.Walks in the Vicinity of Ayer261
Part V.Boston and Vicinity266
1.Blue Hills Reservation269
2.Stony Brook Reservation276
3.Boston Harbor Islands National Park & State Park277
4.Whitney & Thayer Woods Reservation279
5.World's End Peninsula282
6.Cutler Park283
7.Neponset River Marshes Reservation284
8.Webster Conservation Area285
9.Noanet Woodlands287
10.Rocky Woods Reservation & Fork Factory Brook289
11.Rocky Narrows Reservation291
12.Sherborn Town Forest292
13.Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary293
14.Walden Pond State Reservation294
15.Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge295
16.Middlesex Fells Reservation296
17.Elm Bank Reservation303
18.Breakheart Reservation304
19.Lynn Woods307
Part VI.Southeastern Massachusetts and the Islands312
1.Warner Trail314
2.Bay Circuit Trail323
3.Ashland Town Forest329
4.Ashland State Park330
5.Moose Hill Audubon Sanctuary331
6.Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary332
7.Borderland State Park333
8.Myles Standish State Forest334
9.Stony Brook Valley336
10.Nickerson State Park337
11.Lowell Holly337
12.Sandy Neck Barrier Beach337
13.Cape Cod National Seashore339
14.Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge341
15.Menemsha Hills342
16.Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge342
Appendix AConservation and Recreation Organizations and Agencies345
Appendix BLeave No Trace352
Appendix CAccident Report353
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