Hopkins Memorial Forest and Taconic Crest Trail

Williamstown, Massachusetts

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This excursion features monumental hardwood trees, babbling brooks, thrilling vistas, and a geologic curiosity: Snow Hole. Amble up the gravel drive between apple trees and a small meadow, where tree swallows and bluebirds nest in boxes that provide housing for cavity-nesting birds. The Rosenburg Visitor Center (once a carriage house) serves as forest headquarters. Excellent trail maps are available at the kiosk that features a posted trail map and historical information. Bear right past Buxton Garden onto a gravel carriage road. The relocated former Moon Farm barn stands on the left. Tread beneath a canopy of sugar maple, black locust, and white ash, passing by the Williams College Outing Club cabin. A bit beyond stands a maple sugar shed. An adjacent field hosts the forest’s main weather station.
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

by Rene Laubach (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

This excursion features monumental hardwood trees, babbling brooks, thrilling vistas, and a geologic curiosity: Snow Hole. Amble up the gravel drive between apple trees and a small meadow, where tree swallows and bluebirds nest in boxes that provide housing for cavity-nesting birds. The Rosenburg Visitor Center (once a carriage house) serves as forest
headquarters.

Excellent trail maps are available at the kiosk that features a posted trail map and historical information. Bear right past Buxton Garden onto a gravel carriage road. The relocated former Moon Farm barn stands on the left. Tread beneath a canopy of sugar maple, black locust, and white ash, passing
by the Williams College Outing Club cabin. A bit beyond stands a maple sugar shed. An adjacent field hosts the forest’s main weather station.

© 2015 Rene Laubach/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Williamstown
Distance: 10.4
Elevation Gain: 1,650 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5.5 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Hopkins Forest Manager, Center for Environmental Studies, Williams College, P.O. Box 632, Williamstown, MA 01267 (413-597- 2346; williams.edu/ces/hmf).
Local Maps: AMC Massachusetts Trail Map #1: B1; USGS North Adams, MA and Berlin, NY; trail map available online
Driving Directions: Directions to Hopkins Memorial Forest and Taconic Crest Trail

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