Dunbar Brook

Florida, Massachusetts

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Old-growth trees, massive boulders, and a roaring flow make the Dunbar Brook Trail a path of superlatives. A steep slope leads to a stretch of graveled woodland roads that enable a great loop through wild uplands at the northeastern edge of the Berkshires. Fording the brook during high flows can be difficult. From the parking area, where a stylized map and recreation area rules are posted, follow the rough track up the inclined power line corridor for about 150 feet to a footpath on the right where you enter a dark hemlock wood. Blue blazes mark the trail. Do not follow the wooden staircase fitted with railings down to the small concrete dam that spans the brook. Amble along the hill’s contour beneath shade-casting hemlocks along a rocky slope.
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)

Old-growth trees, massive boulders, and a roaring flow make the Dunbar Brook Trail a path of superlatives. A steep slope leads to a stretch of graveled woodland roads that enable a great loop through wild uplands at the northeastern edge of the Berkshires. Fording the brook during high flows can be difficult.

From the parking area, where a stylized map and recreation area rules are posted, follow the rough track up the inclined power line corridor for about 150 feet to a footpath on the right where you enter a dark hemlock wood. Blue blazes mark the trail. Do not follow the wooden staircase fitted with railings down to the small concrete dam that spans the brook.
Amble along the hill’s contour beneath shade-casting hemlocks along a rocky slope.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Florida
Distance: 6.25
Elevation Gain: 1,010 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Monroe State Forest, Tilda Hill Road, Monroe, MA (413-339-5504 [Mohawk Trail State Forest]; mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/ region-west/monroe-state-forest-generic.html).
Local Maps: USGS Rowe; trail map available online
Driving Directions: Directions to Dunbar Brook

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