Savoy Mountain State Forest

North Adams, Massachusetts

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This loop follows a two-track multiuse trail through northern hardwood forests for a visit to Tannery Falls, then climbs the quiet Ross Brook Trail to Balanced Rock before cruising back on a gravel road. You can swim in the state forest at either North Pond or South Pond, though there is a lifeguard only at the former. This wooded peak doesn’t offer much of a view, but on a summer day the wildflower meadow around the fire tower is worth the climb on its own. You return downhill along the Balance Rock Trail, and then along the Ross Brook Trail. As a consequence of being open to vehicles, the Tannery Trail and Balance Rock Trail are deeply rutted, with wide mud puddles that create even wider trails as hikers and bikers swerve around them. Try to be sensitive to this trend, and skirt the puddles closely to avoid making the trails even worse.
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Hiking Massachusetts

by Benjamin B. Ames (Falcon Guides)

This loop follows a two-track multiuse trail through northern hardwood forests for a visit to Tannery Falls, then climbs the quiet Ross Brook Trail to Balanced Rock before cruising back on a gravel road. You can swim in the state forest at either North Pond or South Pond, though there is a lifeguard only at the former.

This wooded peak doesn’t offer much of a view, but on a summer day the wildflower meadow around the fire tower is worth the climb on its own. You return downhill along the Balance Rock Trail, and then along the Ross Brook Trail. As a consequence of being open to vehicles, the Tannery Trail and Balance Rock Trail are deeply rutted, with wide mud puddles that create even wider trails as hikers and bikers swerve around them. Try to be sensitive to this trend, and skirt the puddles closely to avoid making the trails even worse.

© 2014 Benjamin B. Ames/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: North Adams
Distance: 5.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best in Summer
Additional Use: Snowmobiling, Swimming
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Savoy Mountain State Forest Headquarters, Florida; (413) 663-8469
Local Maps: USGS Cheshire, MA
Driving Directions: Directions to Savoy Mountain State Forest

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