Notchview Reservation

Windsor, Massachusetts

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When the snow flies, Notchview boasts some of the best cross-country skiing anywhere. In the warmer months this enormous reservation provides hikers with thousands of acres of beautiful northern forest and miles of uncrowded trails. An unwritten rule of hiking states that the size of the parking lot is in direct proportion to the number of hikers using the trails. Many times this is true, but not at Notchview. The parking lot here can hold more than a hundred cars but only holds that many during cross-country ski season when everyone with a pair of skis comes up here. In summer the number of cars can often be counted on one hand, and the trails are wonderfully deserted and quiet.
Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts

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Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts

by Charles W.G. Smith & Susan A. Smith (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

When the snow flies, Notchview boasts some of the best cross-country skiing anywhere. In the warmer months this enormous reservation provides hikers with thousands of acres of beautiful northern forest and miles of uncrowded trails. An unwritten rule of hiking states that the size of the parking lot is in direct proportion to the number of hikers using the trails.

Many times this is true, but not at Notchview. The parking lot here can hold more than a hundred cars but only holds that many during cross-country ski season when everyone with a pair of skis comes up here. In summer the number of cars can often be counted on one hand, and the trails are wonderfully deserted and quiet.

©  Charles W.G. Smith & Susan A. Smith/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Windsor
Length: 1.8
Elevation Gain: 120 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: The Trustees of Reservations
Local Maps: USGS Cheshire
Topo Map: Notchview Reservation Topographic Map
Guide Book: Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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