Race Brook Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"On the first warm day in April, take your older children on a hike along Race Brook. You’ll witness the torrent of icy water crashing down the rocky hillside in this Massachusetts wilderness and then climb to the windswept summit of Mount Everett. But be prepared—this is one of the toughest hikes in the book. It includes a walk along part of the Appalachian Trail, the path that winds over the backbone of the Appalachian Mountain range for 2050 miles from Georgia to Maine. The first section of the trail was blazed in 1922 and the final stretch in 1938; in 1968, Congress proclaimed the Appalachian Trail a national scenic trail, to be maintained as a hiking path forever. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers affiliated with the Appalachian Trail Conference, the trail is regularly maintained and reblazed."
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books).
"Race Brook Falls is actually a series of falls that drop for hundreds of feet. The largest falls is at the bottom, but cascades and other falls extend well above the lowermost. The hike described here goes to the bottom and top of the falls, requiring some backtracking."
--Eli Burakian, Hiking Waterfalls in New England (Falcon Guides).
"A daylong adventure to mountain cascades and up rocky windswept ridges to the very top of the southern Berkshires. This is not a particularly easy tramp, but it’s definitely one of the nicest hikes in the Berkshires incorporating wild waterfalls and long stretches of trail atop the Taconic Ridge. Two summits are visited, Mount Race, famous for its views from its long narrow ridge, and Mount Everett, the highest peak in the southern Berkshires. This trip can easily be made into an overnight adventure by staying at Race Brook Falls campsite a short distance from the AT Race Brook Falls Trail junction."
--Charles W.G. Smith & Susan A. Smith, Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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