Some of our favorite hikes . . . but remember Food Safety while hiking
Maggie’s Nature Park, Greenwood, Maine – the trails are well-marked, each with different color blazes. The highlight of the Park is Peaked Mountain Bluff with views of Twitchell Pond. Peaked Mountain can be accessed by several different routes. The quickest is via the Peaked Mountain Trail, which navigates a moderate uphill slope through the forest. Eventually the trail splits to form a loop around the Bluff, with various views from the ledges.
The Ledge Trail is a short, easy side trail off the Peaked Mountain Trail that leads to a ledge with views of North and South Ponds.
Another scenic overlook can be reached by the Loop Trail, which climbs moderately to a view of Mount Abram and some of its ski trails and then returns to the parking lot. This is an especially enjoyable trail that meanders among large ledges and boulders through open hardwood forest.
Grafton State Park – For those looking for a leisurely hike, Grafton Notch State Parks offers three small areas that are frequented less often. These family friendly areas allow visitors of all ages to see some of the interesting geological features of the Mahoosuc Region.
Screw Auger Falls (0.4 mile network, easy), Mother Walker Falls (0.2 miles round trip, easy), Moose Cave (0.4 mile loop, easy)
In the Berkshires
Mount Greylock, Lanesborough, MA – The highest peak in Massachusetts is Mt. Greylock at 3,491 feet. Includes a variety of trails from easy to difficult. The views are tremendous. Stake claim to walking part of the Appalachian Trail or camp on on e of the campsites on your way up or near the top. Picnic areas available but meals can also be purchased at the Bascom Lodge.