Old Mill Trail

Hinsdale, Massachusetts

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This out-and-back trail is steeped in the area’s industrial history. It is also a fine hike to take with children. Walk down to a map kiosk that relates the interesting industrial history of the area. The crushed stone treadway is universally accessible for almost one-half its length. The East Branch of the Housatonic River—a narrow stream here—borders the majority of the route, which is well blazed with plastic discs on trees. Stroll beneath sugar maples and white ashes—with distinctive cross-hatched bark, and past the 2-foot-tall, leafless, green stems of scouring rush. Ostrich ferns (which produce edible fiddleheads when young), also thrive in the moist soil. A couple of flowering dogwood trees—more common to our south—stand on the left just before a fiberglass and wood bridge. Cross the bridge to follow the river downstream along its opposite bank.
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 out-and-back trail is steeped in the area’s industrial history. It is also a fine hike to take with children.

Walk down to a map kiosk that relates the interesting industrial history of the area. The crushed stone treadway is universally accessible for almost one-half its length. The East Branch of the Housatonic River—a narrow stream here—borders the majority of the route, which is well blazed with plastic discs on trees.

Stroll beneath sugar maples and white ashes—with distinctive cross-hatched bark, and past the 2-foot-tall, leafless, green stems of scouring rush. Ostrich ferns (which produce edible fiddleheads when young), also thrive in the moist soil. A couple of flowering dogwood trees—more common to our south—stand on the left just before a fiberglass and wood bridge. Cross the bridge to follow the river downstream along its opposite bank.

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

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Hinsdale
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 155 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game manages the property; maintained by volunteers. HVA Berkshire County Office, P.O. Box 251, South Lee, 01260 (413-394-9796; hvatoday.org). MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Western Wildlife District, 88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton, MA 01226 (413-684-1646; mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/)
Local Maps: USGS Pittsfield East; trail map available online
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Mill Trail

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