Questing Reservation

New Marlborough, Massachusetts 1230

Questing Reservation

Questing Reservation Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This loop trail showcases a forgotten history of early colonial settlement. Towering hardwoods and conifers now shade traces of Leffingwell, but a sense of former human presence is almost palpable.

Pass by a metal gate and map kiosk, heading gradually and steadily uphill on a wide gravel roadway. An intermittent brook has carved a shallow ravine to the right. In fall, the predominant sugar maples produce a shower of orange and yellow leaves. Quartzite boulders and a variety of ferns including interrupted, sensitive, Christmas, bracken, long beech, and the delicate maidenhair variety border the roadway.

Beneath a canopy of white ash and red maple, the spindly, spreading form of witch hazel puts forth modest yellow flowers in autumn, when you would least expect it. Indian cucumber root and false Solomon’s seal bloom here in early summer."

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Trail Information

New Marlborough
Nearby City
300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Local Contacts
USGS Tolland Center, USGS Ashley Falls, USGS Great Barrington; trail map available online
Local Maps