Mount Toby Trail

South Deerfield, Massachusetts

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The strenuous hike to the summit of Mount Toby is best suited for older children who have an appreciation of geology and botany. (A trip to the library for appropriate field guides is a prerequisite for the trip.) The mountain’s rugged slopes are punctuated with outcroppings of coarse conglomerate called “puddingstone.” The area is also known for its wide variety of plants, most notably ferns and orchids. Local botanists claim that Mount Toby nurtures a greater diversity of plant life than any other spot in New England of equal acreage.
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)

The strenuous hike to the summit of Mount Toby is best suited for older children who have an appreciation of geology and botany. (A trip to the library for appropriate field guides is a prerequisite for the trip.)

The mountain’s rugged slopes are punctuated with outcroppings of coarse conglomerate called “puddingstone.” The area is also known for its wide variety of plants, most notably ferns and orchids. Local botanists claim that Mount Toby nurtures a greater diversity of plant life than any other spot in New England of equal acreage.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: South Deerfield
Distance: 2.6
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: April to November
Local Contacts: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Natural Resources Conservation
Local Maps: USGS Williamsburg
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Toby Trail

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