Hiking The South Taconic Trail

The 3rd most popular hiking trail in Massachusetts.

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In the southwest corner of the state, the scenic Mount Washington State Forest has 30 miles of hiking trails through rugged mountainous terrain.

A beautiful 19-mile hike along the New York state line on parts of the AT starts at Bash Bish Falls (the states most dramatic water fall) and runs 7.3 miles along the South Taconic Trail; for nearly a mile youll walk the crest of Alander Mountain, taking in views of three states. On day two, pick up the 2.2-mile Mount Frissell Trail, which elbows into Connecticut just long enough to mark the states highest point (2,300 feet). After crossing Mount Washington Road, you ll hike six miles on Massachusettss most scenic stretch of the Appalachian Trail, through Sages Ravine and on to Glen Brook Shelter.

To reach the trailhead from Copake Falls, New York, take SR 344 two miles east to the Bash Bish Falls parking area. Leave a car 25 minutes away at the AT turnout on Jug End Road, off Massachusetts 41.

Overall, South Taconic Trail is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 36 hikes in Massachusetts.

South Taconic Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Appalachian Trail Conservancy (304) 535-6331; MWSF (413) 528-0330; Mass. Tourism (800) 447-MASS.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Trails In Massachusetts" from Falcon Guide

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  State Forest Campground

Luxury Loding:  Baldwin Hill Farm B&B (413) 528-4092

Reference Source:  click here http://www.appalachiantrail.org/

GPS:  42.05016, -73.43503

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  6/26/2016

ID:  6904

South Taconic Trail Hiking Map


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