Spruce Hill via Busby Trail

Florida, Massachusetts

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Perhaps the best views after a short hike in the entire region. An old road leads past an early-nineteenth-century cellar hole to a rocky perch with stunning views of the eastern face of the Greylock Range, and the Taconic Range beyond, as well as points north and south. From the kiosk, where trail maps may be available, walk up into a young forest of birch, maple, and beech, with a few red spruce. After about 150 feet, reach Busby Trail, a dirt road that suffers from off-road vehicle traffic in spite of their prohibition. Turn right onto the level, blue-blazed path bordered and shaded by sugar maples, white and gray birches, striped maple, and hobblebush shrubs.
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)

Perhaps the best views after a short hike in the entire region. An old road leads past an early-nineteenth-century cellar hole to a rocky perch with stunning views of the eastern face of the Greylock Range, and the Taconic Range beyond, as well as points north and south.

From the kiosk, where trail maps may be available, walk up into a young forest of birch, maple, and beech, with a few red spruce. After about 150 feet, reach Busby Trail, a dirt road that suffers from off-road vehicle traffic in spite of their
prohibition. Turn right onto the level, blue-blazed path bordered and shaded by sugar maples, white and gray birches, striped maple, and hobblebush shrubs.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Florida
Distance: 2.6
Elevation Gain: 670 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Open 8 a.m. to dusk, year-round.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Savoy Mountain State Forest, 260 Central Shaft Road, Florida, MA 01247 (413-663-8469; mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/ savoy-mt-state-forest-generic.html)
Local Maps: USGS North Adams; trail map available online
Driving Directions: Directions to Spruce Hill via Busby Trail

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