Mountain Meadow Preserve

Williamstown, Massachusetts

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Straddling two states, this string of small loop trails begins with one of the most evocative panoramic views in the Berkshires. Greylock Range and the Taconics are a stunning backdrop to a meadow that in summer is filled with colorful wildflowers and butterflies. A few short, steep climbs and the ruins of former habitations add interest. A kiosk complete with large trail map stands just beyond the parking area; trail maps may also be available here. Trail intersections are signed. Follow the mowed Niles Trail across a field of goldenrod, yellow hawkweed, and robin plantain bordered by autumn olive, apple trees, honeysuckle, and dogwood. Autumn olive, now considered an invasive exotic, was planted to control erosion. Its yellowish blossoms fill the air with a sweet perfume in late spring. The trail rises into a wooded strip, and then enters another small field.
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)

Straddling two states, this string of small loop trails begins with one of the most evocative panoramic views in the Berkshires. Greylock Range and the Taconics are a stunning backdrop to a meadow that in summer is filled with colorful wildflowers and butterflies. A few short, steep climbs and the ruins of former habitations add interest.

A kiosk complete with large trail map stands just beyond the parking area; trail maps may also be available here. Trail intersections are signed. Follow the mowed Niles Trail across a field of goldenrod, yellow hawkweed, and robin plantain bordered by autumn olive, apple trees, honeysuckle, and dogwood. Autumn olive, now considered an invasive exotic, was planted to control erosion. Its yellowish blossoms fill the air with a sweet perfume in late spring. The trail rises into a wooded strip, and then enters another small field.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Williamstown
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 430 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: The Trustees of Reservations, Western Regional Office, 193 High Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 (413-532-1631; westregion@ttor.org; thetrustees.org).
Local Maps: USGS Williamstown; trail map available online
Driving Directions: Directions to Mountain Meadow Preserve

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