Monroe State Forest

North Adams, Massachusetts

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Nestled in a corner of Massachusetts more famous for its former nuclear plant, the 4000-acre Monroe State Forest offers a quieter setting than other Berkshire natural areas. With more than 10 miles of trails weaving through old-growth hemlock, paralleling cascading brooks, scaling picturesque hardwood ridges, and passing three overnight lean-tos, Monroe is the perfect place for half-day, all-day, or multi-day adventures. This challenging circuit uses the forest’s entire trail network, including a spur to a perch high above the Deerfield River. Since some of the routes are lightly used and not well blazed, lessexperienced hikers should remain on the clearly marked Dunbar Brook Trail—the loop’s most scenic section.

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"Nestled in a corner of Massachusetts more famous for its former nuclear plant, the 4000-acre Monroe State Forest offers a quieter setting than other Berkshire natural areas. With more than 10 miles of trails weaving through old-growth hemlock, paralleling cascading brooks, scaling picturesque hardwood ridges, and passing three overnight lean-tos, Monroe is the perfect place for half-day, all-day, or multi-day adventures. This challenging circuit uses the forest’s entire trail network, including a spur to a perch high above the Deerfield River. Since some of the routes are lightly used and not well blazed, lessexperienced hikers should remain on the clearly marked Dunbar Brook Trail—the loop’s most scenic section."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: North Adams
Distance: 10.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS: North Adams, MA; Rowe, MA

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Jun 2018