Spruce Hill

North Adams, Massachusetts 1247

Spruce Hill

Spruce Hill Professional Review and Guide

"Showcasing a small part of the Hoosac Mountain Range, the 11,118-acre Savoy Mountain State Forest offers hikers diverse opportunities throughout the year on more than 50 miles of trails. Its signature hike, Spruce Hill, provides some of the finest views in western Massachusetts and does so with much less effort than other hikes in the region."

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"Perhaps the best views after a short hike in the entire region. An old road leads past an early-nineteenth-century cellar hole to a rocky perch with stunning views of the eastern face of the Greylock Range, and the Taconic Range beyond, as well as points north and south.

From the kiosk, where trail maps may be available, walk up into a young forest of birch, maple, and beech, with a few red spruce. After about 150 feet, reach Busby Trail, a dirt road that suffers from off-road vehicle traffic in spite of their
prohibition. Turn right onto the level, blue-blazed path bordered and shaded by sugar maples, white and gray birches, striped maple, and hobblebush shrubs."

"“l knew I’d made it as a ranger when I landed here!" a park ranger told us of his job at Savoy Mountain State Forest. Other rangers, at other Massachusetts state parks, concur; this one is special.

Although the park is the fourth-largest piece of public land in the state, it’s a hidden gem. Set in the Berkshire Hills at the western edge of the state, this park offers wonderful diversity, with waterfalls, balanced rocks, ponds, and scenic vistas galore. The property is crisscrossed with nearly 60 miles of hiking trails, many of which make awesome snowshoe paths. This hike is set in the northwest comer of the forest. The Busby Trail (named after a local landowner, George Busby) to Spruce Hill is the most popular trail here. It’s great for recreational snowshoe hikers because it is basically a flat, wide woods road, with a short, steep cliff that leads to the summit of Spruce Hill, a distance of 1.5 miles."

Spruce Hill Reviews

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12/21/2010
Amazing conditions to snowshoe. 22" of snow fell earlier this week and today was 43 degrees with clear skies. We took the Busby Trail to the Spruce Hill summit. Lot's of fun and can't wait to go back and try other snowshoe trails.
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Trail Information

North Adams
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS: North Adams, MA
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Oct 2018