Field Farm Reservation

Williamstown, Massachusetts

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Lying in the valley between the Greylock Range and the Taconics, this Trustees property has an agricultural legacy dating back more than 250 years. Today it beckons hiker, cross-country skier, and snowshoer alike with a fine trail network in a truly bucolic setting offering delightful mountain vistas. After studying the kiosk, where trail maps are available, turn onto Pond Trail and follow the mowed path through shrubby growth, which includes invasive exotic multiflora rose, Morrow’s honeysuckle, and buckthorn. Soon you’ll reach a spring-fed pond adjacent to the former guesthouse, called The Folly. Turn right to follow along the pond shore past a cattail marsh where muskrats—smaller cousins of the beaver—reside. You may have to tread gently over the waterlogged beaver dam and outflow when the water level is high before finding firmer footing beyond.
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)

Lying in the valley between the Greylock Range and the Taconics, this Trustees property has an agricultural legacy dating back more than 250 years. Today it beckons hiker, cross-country skier, and snowshoer alike with a fine trail network in a truly bucolic setting offering delightful mountain vistas.

After studying the kiosk, where trail maps are available, turn onto Pond Trail and follow the mowed path through shrubby growth, which includes invasive exotic multiflora rose, Morrow’s honeysuckle, and buckthorn. Soon you’ll reach a spring-fed pond adjacent to the former guesthouse, called The Folly. Turn right to follow along the pond shore past a cattail marsh where muskrats—smaller cousins of the beaver—reside. You may have to tread gently over the waterlogged beaver dam and outflow when the water level is high before finding firmer footing beyond.

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

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Williamstown
Distance: 2.9
Elevation Gain: 120 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.0 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: The Trustees of Reservations, Field Farm, Sloan Road, Williamstown, MA 01267 (Western Regional office 413-458-3135; westregion@ttor.org; thetrustees.org).
Local Maps: USGS Berlin; trail map available online
Driving Directions: Directions to Field Farm Reservation

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