Monroe State Forest

Monroe, Massachusetts

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Dunbar Brook flows through some of the most isolated terrain in Massachusetts. Steep, boulder-pocked slopes rise above the stream as it drops into the deep gorge of the Deerfield River. Loggers could not penetrate the topography and today Monroe State Forest boasts some of the finest old-growth forest in southern New England. The route journeys up Dunbar Brook Trail, winding along the slopes and waters of its namesake stream. The Dunbar Brook Shelter is located within a mile of the trailhead near the stream. Two other shelters—Ridge and Smith Hollow—can be found higher up on the forest slopes. The area is lightly used, and crowds tend to be minimal. Campfires are permitted.
AMC's Best Backpacking in New England

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AMC's Best Backpacking in New England

by Matt Heid (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Dunbar Brook flows through some of the most isolated terrain in Massachusetts. Steep, boulder-pocked slopes rise above the stream as it drops into the deep gorge of the Deerfield River. Loggers could not penetrate the topography and today Monroe State Forest boasts some of the finest old-growth forest in southern New England.

The route journeys up Dunbar Brook Trail, winding along the slopes and waters of its namesake stream. The Dunbar Brook Shelter is located within a mile of the trailhead near the stream. Two other shelters—Ridge and Smith Hollow—can be found higher up on the forest slopes. The area is lightly used, and crowds tend to be minimal. Campfires are permitted.

© 2014 Matt Heid/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Monroe
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1-2 Days
Trailhead Elevation: 1,050 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Monroe State Forest, Tilda Hill Road, Monroe, MA 01350, 413-339-5504 (Mohawk State Forest), mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/ monroe-state-forest-generic.html.
Local Maps: Monroe State Forest Map, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Driving Directions: Directions to Monroe State Forest

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