Dunbar Brook

Florida, Massachusetts 01247

Dunbar Brook

Dunbar Brook Professional Guide

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"Old-growth trees, massive boulders, and a roaring flow make the Dunbar Brook Trail a path of superlatives. A steep slope leads to a stretch of graveled woodland roads that enable a great loop through wild uplands at the northeastern edge of the Berkshires. Fording the brook during high flows can be difficult.

From the parking area, where a stylized map and recreation area rules are posted, follow the rough track up the inclined power line corridor for about 150 feet to a footpath on the right where you enter a dark hemlock wood. Blue blazes mark the trail. Do not follow the wooden staircase fitted with railings down to the small concrete dam that spans the brook.
Amble along the hill’s contour beneath shade-casting hemlocks along a rocky slope."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Berkshires (Falcon Guides)
Jim Bradley
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"Hike along the powerful Dunbar Brook, passing many small falls and rapids. Pass through some of the finest old-growth forest in all of New England—some trees along the trail are up to 500 years old and reach 125 feet in height. The Dunbar Brook travels through some intense terrain. The topography of Monroe State Forest has kept loggers out for years. The state forest boasts over 250 acres of the finest old-growth forest in all of southern New England." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,010 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 hours
Monroe State Forest, Tilda Hill Road, Monroe, MA (413-339-5504 [Mohawk Trail State Forest]; mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/ region-west/monroe-state-forest-generic.html).
Local Contacts
USGS Rowe; trail map available online
Local Maps

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Dec 2018