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Section 2 - North Adams (Massachusetts 2) to Cheshire Displayed from North to South

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0.0
North Adams
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From Williamstown take MA 2 east to North Adams. The trail crosses MA 2 (Main Street) at Phelps Ave. The markers on the attached map shows this intersection. This is the southern end of Section 1 and the northern end of Section 2. Rotate the street view to the south to see the southbound AT route down Phelps Ave. Rotate to the north to see the northbound route. GPS at the intersection: N42.6999 W73.1559 As can be seen from the map's street view, there is little parking in the immediate area, particularly for overnight or longer. Guidebooks may suggest the nearby Greylock Community Club but this is no longer an option. See next listing for available parking. 05/24/19
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David Cullen
From intersection of Rt 2 and Phelps Ave, proceed east on Rt 2 approximately 200 yards to parking area on left (north) side of Rt 2. The marker on the attached map indicates the parking area. Rotate the street view at the marker to the north to see the parking area.GPS of parking area: N42.6993 W73.1535 As can be seen from the map's street view, there is little parking in the immediate area, particularly for overnight or longer. Parking space is limited. Please park tightly. The area is near the road and lit at night, but not under direct supervision. Park at own risk. This replaces the Greylock Community Club parking area, which is no longer available for hikers. Update: There is now a photo of the new parking area in the Pictures for this section (MA2). 05/24/19 Updated:12/17/20 8
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catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
0.9
Pattison Road
   Poor           Great




From downtown North Adams head west on Rt 2 for 1.7 miles. Turn left (south) onto Notch Rd. There is a small Mt Greylock Reservation sign at this intersection. Proceed up Notch Rd, staying on Notch Rd (bear left) at intersection with Woodlawn Ave. At 1.2 miles from Rt 2, bear right (west) onto Pattison Rd--a reservoir will be on your left. After 0.6 miles, the parking area will be on the north (right) side of the road adjacent to the water treatment plant. Parking is just east of the water treatment plant. 12/7/20 5
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catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
3.0
Money Brook Trail to Notch Road
   Poor           Great



 
See directions to the intersection of Notch Road and Rockwell Road (Mile 6.8). From the south continue north on Notch Road for about 3.1 miles to a small parking area on the left. From the north, follow Notch Road south for about 6.4 miles to the parking area, which will be on the right coming from this direction. This parking area is about 0.3 miles south of the Wilbur Clearing lot for the AT (Mile 3.1). The green arrow on the attached map marks the parking area. This may only be approximate as I do not have exact coordinates. The position was estimated from the Mt. Greylock Reservation trail map. Like most of the parking areas on Notch Road, this is day-use only. The utility of this particular access may be limited. A short spur tail goes west from Notch Road at this point to the Money Brook Trail. According to the 12th edition of the MA-CT AT Guide, a right turn here (north) will lead to the AT in 0.5 miles. I have checked out the trailhead, but have not hiked this route. A short spur trail goes east from Notch Road to the Old Summit Road Trail. A right turn at this intersection leads to the Bernard Farm Trail which can be followed east to the AT (See Mile 4.2). Total distance approximately 05 0.6 miles. 12/7/20 3-4
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catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
3.1
Notch Road
   Poor           Great



 
This is a day-use only parking lot 100 yards south of the AT crossing. There is a reliable spring 1/4 mile north, downhill along the road.12/7/20
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at @ rohland.org
See directions to the intersection of Notch Road and Rockwell Road (Mile 6.8). From the south continue north on Notch Road for 3.5 miles to a parking area on the right. From the north, follow Notch Road south for about 6 miles to the parking area, which will be on the left coming from this direction. There is no parking at the actual trail crossing (Marker A on the attached map). The parking area mentioned is about 0.1 miles further south (Marker B). The area around the parking lot is apparently known as Wilbur's Clearing. This is a day-use only parking lot. A 0.1-0.2 miles blue-blazed trail leads east then north to meet the AT about 0.1 miles from the road (Mile Marker 3.2). Alternatively one may walk up the road to the trail. A third option is provided a blue-blazed trail on the west side of the road. It parallels the road and reaches the AT just west of the AT crossing of Notch Road. 12/7/20 8-10
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David Cullen
4.2
Bernard Farm Trail west to Notch Road
   Poor           Great



 
Close to the AT. 12/18/20 3-4
 

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David Cullen
4.2
Bernard Farm Trail east to Notch Road
   Poor           Great




From US 2 in North Adams, follow Notch Road south. There is a sign for Mt. Greylock Reservation. There are some twists and turns but stay on Notch Road. About 2.5 miles from US 2, the road takes a sharp right turn. Just beyond this there is a large parking lot on the right. This is very near a gate open in summer, but closed in winter. Thisis the point wher the southbound Notch Road enters Mt. Greylock Reservation. This is a long access trail, although viable. Ample
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David Cullen
5.8
Notch Road - Robinson Point Trail
   Poor           Great



 
Robinson's Point Trail: Follow the directions to Wilbur's Clearing parking then proceed approximately 2 miles further southbound on Notch Rd. The trail intersection with the road is obscure, and parking (day use only) is limited to 2 cars alongside the road. AT is approximately 0.1 mile east (uphill) of the road Better option is to use the Summit parking lot (fee). For access from the south, use directions for Rockwell Rd, turn left at the 3 way stop at Summit Rd, and proceed approx 1 mile to this intersection.12/17/20 2
 

 

catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
See directions to the intersection of Notch Road and Rockwell Road (Mile 6.8). From the south continue north on Notch Road for about a mile to a small parking area on the left. From the north, follow Notch Road south for about 8.5 miles to the parking area, which will be on the right coming from this direction. The green arrow on the attached map marks the parking area. There is a cross-walk painted on the road here. I believe the trail sign to the east says 'Shortcut to AT'. This is apparently also a day-use only parking lot. The Robinson Point Trail to the east meets the AT in about 0.1 miles. The northbound AT is left (north) while the southbound is right (south). Coordinates at the AT intersection are 42.6701 -73.1657. To the west of the parking area, the Robinson Point Trail continues 0.3 miles to the view from Robinson Point. 12/17/20 3-4
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David Cullen
6.0
Rockwell Road--North side of Mt Greylock
   Poor           Great



 
See Mile 6.3 for directions to the summit of Mt. Greylock. The AT crosses Summit Road on the northern side of Mt. Greylock. There is a crosswalk at the crossing. No parking is possible here and no shoulder, so it is not a good access point. The parking lot at the summit is only about 100 yards south on the AT. 12/8/20 None
 

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David Cullen
6.3
Mt. Greylock Summit
   Poor           Great




General note for Mt Greylock Trails. The A.T traverses the summits and ridgelines of the peaks that make up the Mt Greylock Reservation. There are numerous side trails from the lower elevations on both sides (east and west) that are not described in these pages. See https://www.mass.gov/locations/mount-greylock-state-reservation for full information and a detailed trail map. 12/7/20
 

 

catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
Greylock Summit: See directions to the intersection of Rockwell Road and Notch Road (Mile 6.8) [I've made some edits to this, below] . At the three way stop sign, continue straight on what is now Summit Rd. The road circles around the summit cone. At a traffic circle, bear left to parking. Bascom Lodge is to the right while the War Memorial Tower is straight ahead. There are many parking places available but on a busy day, there might be problem finding one. A fee (currently $5 for Mass vehicles, $20 for out of state) is charged for parking. Overnight parking is permitted. Note that road access to Mt Greylock is closed in the winter (early Nov to mid-May). The AT is actually accessible here from about Mile 6.1 - Mile 6.4. Southbound the trail climbs the north side of the summit cone, reaching the parking lot near where the old ski building for the Thunderbolt Ski Trail is located. It loops around the summit, passing the tower and then crossing the traffic circle mentioned above. It then begins the descent down the side side of the mountain towards the intersection of Rockwell and Notch Roads. 12/17/20 Many
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catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
6.8
Rockwell - Notch Road
   Poor           Great



 
Intersection of Rockwell, Notch and Summit Rds: From the south: Follow US 7 north through Pittsfield to Lanesborough. Bear right on North Main Street where there is a sign for Mt. Greylock Reservation. Follow subsequent signs for Mt. Greylock. At the Visitor's Center (gate closed in winter--early Nov to mid May), the road becomes Rockwell Road. It is about 8.5 miles to the 3-way stop intersection of Rockwell Road and Notch Road. Here Rockwell changes to Summit Rd and proceeds straight towards the summit while Notch Road goes left to Robinson's Point and Wilbur Clearing parking areas. Day use parking at this mile point is to the east of this intersection (4-5 cars). From north: From US 2 in North Adams, follow Notch Road south as per instructions to Wilbur's Clearing parking. It is about 4 more miles to the intersection with Rockwell and Summit Roads. 12/17/20
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catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
From the south: Follow US 7 north through Pittsfield to Lanesborough. Bear right on North Main Street whre there is a sign for Mt. Greylock Reservation. Follow subsequent signs for Mt. Greylock. Somewhere the road becomes Rockwell Road. It is about 8.5 miles to the intersection of Rockwell Road and Notch Road. Here Rockwell goes right towards the summit while Notch Road continues straight ahead.
From north: From US 2 in North Adams, follow Notch Road south. There is a sign for Mt. Greylock Reservation. There are some twists and turns but stay on Notch Road. It is about 8 miles to the intersection with Rockwell Road.
The parking area is on the southeast side of the intersection. See attached Google map in the previous listing.. From the intersection the northbound trail goes north (left) climbing the summit cone of Greylock. The southbound trail goes south along the ridge towards Saddleball peak. 12/8/20 10-15
 

 

David Cullen
6.9
Hopper Tail to Sperry Road Campground
   Poor           Great




Sperry Road Campground. This is a 1 mile SIDE TRAIL, Hopper Trail. There is a designated parking lot beside an information kiosk near the Haley Farm. Overnight parking is at the Sperry Road Campground.12/8/20
 

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7.0
Rockwell Road/Cheshire Harbor Trail
   Poor           Great



 
This is a 1.6 SIDE TRAIL, Cheshire HarborTrail. 12/8/20
 

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7.3
Rockwell Road at Hairpin Turn
   Poor           Great



 
Follow US 7 north through Pittsfield to Lanesborough. Bear right on North Main Street whre there is a sign for Mt. Greylock Reservation. Follow subsequent signs for Mt. Greylock. Somewhere the road becomes Rockwell Road. About 8 miles from US 7, there are two fairly closely spaced hairpin turns. There is a parking area on the right at the second. From the north, this point is 0.5 miles south of the intersection of Notch Road and Rockwell Road (See Mile 6.8).
This parking area is day-use onlyXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Hairpin Turn: Follow directions for MM6.8 from the south. At the 2nd hairpin turn, the AT day use parking is available on the right for 3-4 cars.
From the parking area the southbound trail goes right (south) while the northbound trail goes left (north). 12/8/20
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catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
9.0
Jones Nose Trail
   Poor           Great



 
Follow US 7 north through Pittsfield to Lanesborough. Bear right on North Main Street whre there is a sign for Mt. Greylock Reservation. Follow subsequent signs for Mt. Greylock. Somewhere the road becomes Rockwell Road. It is about 5.5 miles to the trail head for the Jones Nose Trail and the Old Adams Road. There is a parking lot on the right. From the other direction the parking lot is about 3 miles south of the intersection of Notch Road and Rockwell Road (Mile 6.8). This parking area is day-use only. The Jones Nose Trail is a one mile long blue-blazed trail which goes northeast, climbing fairly steeply to meet the AT at the southern end of the summit of Saddle Ball Mountain. At the intersection, the northbound trail goes left while the southbound trail goes sharp right. Coordinates at the intersection are 42.6124 -73.1910.
12/8/20
10-15
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David Cullen
10.5
Old Adams Road
   Poor           Great



 
The trail head for Old Adams Road is the same as for the Jones Nose Trail. See Mile 9.0 The Old Adams Road goes east over relatively level terrain. In 2 miles it intersects the AT. Here the northbound AT goes left, while the southbound goes right. The Google map seems to suggest this road is open to vehicle traffic. it is not. Coordinates at the AT intersection are: 42.5984 -73.1777. 12/8/20 10-15
 

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David Cullen
13.2
Outlook Avenue
   Poor           Great



 
From the intersection of MA 8 with Mountain Road and Church St. in Cheshire, go west on Mountain Road. In 0.3 milees go right (north) on Outlook Avenue and continue 0.9 miles to the trail crossing. The marker on the attached map indicates the trail crossing. Limited roadside parking. If you zoom in on the satellite view a car can be seen parked near the crossing. At the crossing the northbound trail goes west and begins the ascent of Mt. Greylock. The southbound trail goes east and descends towards Cheshire. 12/8/20 Limited roadside parking
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David Cullen
Outlook Ave: From the stoplight at the intersection of Rt 8 and Church St, take West Mountain Rd west for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Outlook Ave. Proceed 0.9 miles north on Outlook Ave to AT crossing. Roadside parking for 2-3 cars is available on the left (west) side of the road approx 50 yards south of the Trail. 12/17/20 Overnight parking is not recommended. Overnight parking is not recommended. 12/17/20
 

 

catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
14.0
MA 8 - Cheshire
   Poor           Great




The AT crosses MA 8 in Cheshire 0.5 miles north of the intersection with Church St. and West Mountain Road. This is the official southern end of Section 2 and the northern end of Section 3. There is no parking available here. Parking is available at the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. (See Mile 0.6 of Section 3.) Rotate the street view to see the northbound trail. It leaves from the left side of the road just to the right of the dumpster. The southbound trail is less clearly visible, but can be seen by rotating the view to the south. As I recall it goes through the strip of trees next to the fence in the view. From there it crosses a field. towards School St. 12/8/20 0 at crossing but see Directions
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