Water Trails of Western Massachusetts  by Charles W. G. Smith

Water Trails of Western Massachusetts Guide Book

by Charles W. G. Smith (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Water Trails of Western Massachusetts  by Charles W. G. Smith
Water Trails leads you on 32 nature tours of the best paddling spots in Western Massachusetts. Each detailed trip description highlights the wildlife, plants, and landforms of the region, rewarding both the casual explorer and the ardent naturalist with insight into the natural wonders of this charming corner of New England. Special features include: "Boot Prints" that describe a scenic hiking trail or nature walk near the featured waterway; trip highlights chart and locator map; a special section on gear, safety, and trip planning; and a detailed map, driving directions, access points, and distances for each trip.

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Trails from the "Water Trails of Western Massachusetts" Guide Book
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Benedict Pond is the perfect place for a family canoe outing. The lake is just the right size for an easy circuit around the shore, even with a canoe full of kids. The lake features a well-defined swi ...
Monterey, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 1.3
Years ago there was a large, very attractive body of water in Otis. For generations it was called Great Lake, a name that suited it well. From anywhere on its shore it seemed enormous in a wonderfully ...
Otis, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 4
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Savoy Mountain State Forest encompasses more than 10,000 acres on the northwesterly edge of the Berkshire Plateau. Within its substantial forests are scenic ponds, a spacious campground, low rolling h ...
Savoy, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 1
Buckley Dunton Lake is the largest body of water in October Mountain State Forest, the largest state forest in the commonwealth. Legend has it that Herman Melville gave October Mountain its name. The ...
Becket, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 2.62
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What do you get when a feisty river meets a dam large enough to make the ancient Egyptian pyramid-builders proud? You get Colebrook River Lake, a very long, very deep, very big lake. Beginning in Mass ...
Sandisfield, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 9.6
This is a trip that takes you into three states: Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. For about five miles below the Vernon Dam the west bank is in Vermont and the east bank is in New Hampshire. ...
Vernon, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 6.3
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If you like mysteries and stories of ghosts and phantom ships, this is the trip for you. But, of course, there is more to look forward to than spectral delights. The journey from Pauchaug Meadow to Ri ...
Northfield, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 8.5
This nine-mile trip is one of the few areas that have been officially designated a water trail. From the access under the railroad bridge at Poplar Street the confluence of the Deerfield and Connectic ...
Montague, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 9
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The trip between Riverview Picnic Area and Barton Cove is an especially nice paddle, in part because the river changes moods, from wide and lazy to deep and narrow. Along the way you will pass between ...
Northfield, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 5.3
The New England expression “You can’t get there from here” pretty much describes the journey to East Indies Pond. There are no maintained roads to the pond, just a web of nameless trails and woods roa ...
New Marlborough, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 0.8
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Felton Lake is a small, very attractive pond perched on the edge of October Mountain overlooking the Housatonic valley. The lake sits in a hollow formed of boulders and forested hills that gently slop ...
Washington, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 0.6
Time machines are things of fiction, but when you paddle Goose Pond and Upper Goose Pond it is easy to believe that these magic contraptions actually exist. Goose Pond is a handsome lake tastefully de ...
Lee, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 5.2
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To the signature mountain of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range. But the name Mount Washington has been affixed to many places over the years, including a reclusive town at the extreme southwestern co ...
Mount Washington, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 0.7
From the time you begin to float down the Hoosic River you get a sense that the river is just a bit frustrated. Many thousands of years ago the Hoosic valley was part of the Housatonic watershed. But ...
North Adams, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 7.6
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This trip takes you down a lovely stretch of river filled with lots of privacy and past farm fields and the historic Great Barrington Fairgrounds. The river floats through the remains of the debris ...
Great Barrington, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 1.8
The Nature Conservancy calls the southern Berkshires home to “one of the most globally significant ecosystems in New England.” The combination of calcareous bedrock, alkaline soils, pure water, and la ...
Great Barrington, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 4.8
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It is sometimes difficult to admire the scenery while floating down quickwater, but if you do glance about you will see tall sycamore and cottonwood trees clustered along the shore. The sycamore trees ...
Great Barrington, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 4.2
All of the Housatonic River trips take you through areas rich in wildlife and scenery. This section is especially beautiful and is the stretch of river selected by the Massachusetts Audubon’s Pleasant ...
Lenox , MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 4.3
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The nine miles from the Old Covered Bridge to Rannapo Road is a journey of peace and quiet. The river is undemanding, save the few blockades of strainers and meanders through rural landscapes as invit ...
Sheffield, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 9
This short trip explores Bartholomew’s Cobble Reservation, which is owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations. Walking excursions around this diverse sanctuary will bring you in touch with an ...
Ashley Falls, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 2.6
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