Jacobs Hill Trail

Athol, Massachusetts

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As you drive along the road that winds uphill toward the Jacobs Hill trailhead, thank your car for doing most of the climbing on this trip! Just about 0.5 mile from the start of this quick and easy hike, the woods open to reveal lovely views of hills rising over a lonely pond—an ideal picnic spot. On the return leg, you’ll follow a crooked brook that empties into a deliciously swampy swamp full of croaking critters. (Have the kids bring a net in case they want to examine a frog or crayfish up close.)
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)

As you drive along the road that winds uphill toward the Jacobs Hill trailhead, thank your car for doing most of the climbing on this trip! Just about 0.5 mile from the start of this quick and easy hike, the woods open to reveal lovely views of hills rising over a lonely pond—an ideal picnic spot.

On the return leg, you’ll follow a crooked brook that empties into a deliciously swampy swamp full of croaking critters. (Have the kids bring a net in case they want to examine a frog or crayfish up close.)

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Athol
Distance: 1.3
Elevation Gain: 180 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: April to November
Local Contacts: The Trustees of Reservations, Central Region
Local Maps: USGS Winchendon
Driving Directions: Directions to Jacobs Hill Trail

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