March Cataract Trail is a hiking trail in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 2,412 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 349 feet. The Spruce Group Site camp site can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms along the trail. The trail ends near the Cherry Group Site, Chimney Group Site, and Balsam Group Site camp sites.
March Cataract Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"High up on the side of Mount Greylock, Massachusetts’s tallest mountain, this beautiful stepped falls is best seen early in the season or after some wet weather. In combination with a trip to the summit, this makes for a nice multifaceted outing."
--Eli Burakian, Hiking Waterfalls in New England (Falcon Guides).
"From the War Memorial tower on the summit of the state’s highest mountain, kids will be able to see New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock and the Adirondacks (115 miles away) to the north. In addition to the roads, nearly a dozen trails, including the Appalachian Trail, lead to the peak of Mount Greylock in Mount Greylock State Reservation. Sneakers won’t do on this hike—the climbs and descents are challenging, especially as you drop into the ravine toward the waterfall. Smaller children or those with little hiking experience may find this one too demanding.
To the left of the radio tower and behind the adjacent building, the blue-blazed Overlook Trail begins a modest descent. This wide path acts as a streambed during the rainy spring season (waterproof footwear is recommended then). In 0.3 mile, the trail crosses Notch Road and reenters the woods on a new section of trail that is somewhat indistinct but well blazed."
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books).
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