Northfield Mountain Trail

Millers Falls, Massachusetts

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Buried within Northfield Mountain is a pumped-storage generating plant that brings water from the neighboring Connecticut River to a 300-acre reservoir on top of the mountain. At periods of high electrical demand, the water is released and sent through the plant to produce electricity. Northeast Utilities created a recreation facility here for public use with more than 25 miles of well-maintained trails. For a family in relatively good physical condition, this pleasant woods walk to Upper Reservoir’s overlook is an excellent first hike. There’s little chance of getting lost on the moderate but continuous ascent because the route follows a carriage-width trail with clearly marked and numbered junctions. Frequent trailside maps indicate that “You are here.” On the return trip, an easy-to-follow wooded path leads past impressive ledges and eventually rejoins the wide path taken on the ascent. Northfield Mountain operates two nearby campgrounds: Barton Cove, situated on a peninsula jutting into the Connecticut River, and Munns Ferry, located on the river’s east bank and accessible only by boat.
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)

Buried within Northfield Mountain is a pumped-storage generating plant that brings water from the neighboring Connecticut River to a 300-acre reservoir on top of the mountain. At periods of high electrical demand, the water is released and sent through the plant to produce electricity. Northeast Utilities created a recreation facility here for public use with more than 25 miles of well-maintained trails. For a family in relatively good physical condition, this pleasant woods walk to Upper Reservoir’s overlook is an excellent first hike.

There’s little chance of getting lost on the moderate but continuous ascent because the route follows a carriage-width trail with clearly marked and numbered junctions. Frequent trailside maps indicate that “You are here.” On the return trip, an easy-to-follow wooded path leads past impressive ledges and eventually rejoins the wide path taken on the ascent. Northfield Mountain operates two nearby campgrounds: Barton Cove, situated on a peninsula jutting into the Connecticut River, and Munns Ferry, located on the river’s east bank and accessible only by boat.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Millers Falls
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: May to November
Local Contacts: Northeast Utilities System, Northfield Mountain Visitors Center
Local Maps: USGS Northfield
Driving Directions: Directions to Northfield Mountain Trail

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