The Cascades

North Adams, Massachusetts

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This short hike is just minutes from downtown North Adams and Williamstown. The Cascades, sometimes referred to as North Brook Falls, are a favorite cool-off spot for the locals, and one of the northern Berkshires’ best waterfalls. The North Brook drops over 1,000 feet in 3 miles on its way to the 40-foot cascading falls. The trail is heavily used but not maintained well; expect to navigate over and around fallen trees. The trail crosses the North Brook on a secure wooden bridge strong enough to hold up to the rushing winter meltwater. The brook makes its start about 3 miles away in a gorge between Ragged Mountain and Mount Greylock.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Berkshires

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Berkshires

by Jim Bradley (Falcon Guides)

This short hike is just minutes from downtown North Adams and Williamstown. The Cascades, sometimes referred to as North Brook Falls, are a favorite cool-off spot for the locals, and one of the northern Berkshires’ best waterfalls. The North Brook drops over 1,000 feet in 3 miles on its way to the 40-foot cascading falls.

The trail is heavily used but not maintained well; expect to navigate over and around fallen trees. The trail crosses the North Brook on a secure wooden bridge strong enough to hold up to the rushing winter meltwater. The brook makes its start about 3 miles away in a gorge between Ragged Mountain and Mount Greylock.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: North Adams
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: About 1 hour
Local Maps: USGS North Adams
Driving Directions: Directions to The Cascades

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Apr 2018