Franklin County locals adore the natural beauty that surrounds them. There are so many incredible spots where you can fully embrace nature and soak in the breathtaking views of the Pioneer Valley. With plenty of hiking trails to choose from, you can get a fantastic workout while enjoying the great outdoors. Check out these beloved local hiking destinations in Franklin County:
Walnut Hill Woods, Buckland
Discover an uncharted trail that takes you to 90 acres of preserved land atop Walnut Hill. Traverse through ancient logging paths amidst a thriving sugarbush, and witness the breathtaking autumn hues of the northern hardwood forest during your hike.
Crowningshield Conservation Area, Heath
Located in Heath, Massachusetts, Crowningshield Conservation Area is a beautiful 82-acre space which was once a dairy farm and now serves as a natural habitat for native brook trout and various other wildlife. This conservation area is open to the public, so outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, fishing, and observing the local wildlife.
Madeline’s Meadow, Shelburne Center
For a picnic with a view, make a visit Madeline's Meadow, a lovely 10-acre hayfield owned by the Franklin Land Trust. It's the perfect spot to unwind and relax. Find yourself a cozy spot on the bench at the field's highest point and soak up the tranquil atmosphere while basking in the mesmerizing fall colors.
Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation, South Deerfield
For breathtaking views of the Connecticut River Valley, Mount Sugarloaf is the place to go. Whether you choose to drive or hike, make your way to the summit and prepare to be in awe. Once you're there, you can take advantage of a pavilion that offers the perfect spot for scenic viewing or enjoying a picnic.
Flagg Mountain, Ashfield
Flagg Mountain, standing at an impressive elevation of 1,402 feet, is nestled in the northwestern corner of Conway, Massachusetts, marking the boundary between the towns of Ashfield and Buckland. From the summit, visitors are treated to stunning panoramic views of Shelburne Falls as well as the charming town of Ashfield. Prepare to be mesmerized by these breathtaking vistas and add this beautiful mountain to your must-visit list!
Spruce Peak, Savoy State Forest, Savoy
The hike up Spruce Hill on the Busby Trail offers breathtaking views. The best times to go are during fall foliage and hawk migration season. The trail is a 3-mile round trip hike and it’s worth it for the incredible views.
Source: Franklin Land Trust
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