March Cataract Falls Trail

Lanesboro, Massachusetts

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From the War Memorial tower on the summit of the state’s highest mountain, kids will be able to see New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock and the Adirondacks (115 miles away) to the north. In addition to the roads, nearly a dozen trails, including the Appalachian Trail, lead to the peak of Mount Greylock in Mount Greylock State Reservation. Sneakers won’t do on this hike—the climbs and descents are challenging, especially as you drop into the ravine toward the waterfall. Smaller children or those with little hiking experience may find this one too demanding. To the left of the radio tower and behind the adjacent building, the blue-blazed Overlook Trail begins a modest descent. This wide path acts as a streambed during the rainy spring season (waterproof footwear is recommended then). In 0.3 mile, the trail crosses Notch Road and reenters the woods on a new section of trail that is somewhat indistinct but well blazed.
Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

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Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

From the War Memorial tower on the summit of the state’s highest mountain, kids will be able to see New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock and the Adirondacks (115 miles away) to the north. In addition to the roads, nearly a dozen trails, including the Appalachian Trail, lead to the peak of Mount Greylock in Mount Greylock State Reservation. Sneakers won’t do on this hike—the climbs and descents are challenging, especially as you drop into the ravine toward the waterfall. Smaller children or those with little hiking experience may find this one too demanding.

To the left of the radio tower and behind the adjacent building, the blue-blazed Overlook Trail begins a modest descent. This wide path acts as a streambed during the rainy spring season (waterproof footwear is recommended then). In 0.3 mile, the trail crosses Notch Road and reenters the woods on a new section of trail that is somewhat indistinct but well blazed.

©  Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lanesboro
Distance: 4.4
Elevation Gain: 1,250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: May to October
Local Contacts: Mount Greylock State Reservation, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS North Adams, Cheshire
Driving Directions: Directions to March Cataract Falls Trail

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