Northfield Mountain Recreation Area

Millers Falls, Massachusetts

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At this 1,500-acre playground, 25 miles of interlocking foot and carriage-width trails offer a variety of hiking and cross-country ski tours. Power lines and a reservoir overlook hint at the site’s host, Northeast Utilities; the generating facility sits 700 feet underground. May through October, a bus tour runs to the summit, offering hikers the option of downhill travel only. Two loops travel the west flank of Northfield Mountain, topping the peak and exploring its ledges. Within the web of trails, find numerous other tour possibilities. Special attractions: conifer-deciduous forest, granite-gneiss ledges, mountain and sheep laurel, vistas, fall foliage.
Hiking Southern New England

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Hiking Southern New England

by Rhonda & Greg Ostertag (Falcon Guides)

At this 1,500-acre playground, 25 miles of interlocking foot and carriage-width trails offer a variety of hiking and cross-country ski tours. Power lines and a reservoir overlook hint at the site’s host, Northeast Utilities; the generating facility sits 700 feet underground. May through October, a bus tour runs to the summit, offering hikers the option of downhill travel only.

Two loops travel the west flank of Northfield Mountain, topping the peak and exploring its ledges. Within the web of trails, find numerous other tour possibilities. Special attractions: conifer-deciduous forest, granite-gneiss ledges, mountain and sheep laurel, vistas, fall foliage.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Millers Falls
Distance: 3.1
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Year-round, spring through fall for hiking. Visitor Center: 9 AM to 5 PM, Wednesday through Sunday.
Local Contacts: Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, Northeast Utilities, 800-859-2960
Local Maps: Northfield Mountain trail map (available at site).
Driving Directions: Directions to Northfield Mountain Recreation Area

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