Massachusetts

Metacomet-Monadnock Trail

The trail has been primarily a backcountry footpath for over 150 years. Two sections of the 117-trail are designated NRTs.

photo: Northern part of Tom Range. Photo by Janie Walker.

Length: 52.20 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Greenway
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Camping
Equestrian - Riding
Fishing
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

     Prohibited activities: ATV riding, Four-wheel driving, motorcycling, OHV driving.

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Location: Section 1: Hampden and Hampshire Counties; towns of Holyoke, Easthampton, Hadley, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby, MA . Section 2: Franklin County; towns of Wendell, Erving, Warwick. Royalston, in Worc
State(s): Massachusetts
Counties: Hampdon, Hampshire, Franklin
Longitude: -72.64854
Latitude: 42.24154

Driving Directions

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Description

The trail has been primarily a backcountry footpath for over 150 years. Two sections of the 117-trail are designated NRTs.

The first section is approximately 23 miles and runs along the Mt. Holyoke Range and through Hampden and Hampshire counties. Due to unique geologic formations, this segment takes visitors through a forest environment not usually found in central New England. Its natural and cultural resources include the legendary "Horse Caves," hiding place used during Shay's Rebellion.

The second section runs approximately 30 miles and crosses Franklin and Worcester counties. This segment allows for natural and human history interpretation in a wild and remote terrain. Some trail segments in section 2 permit snowmobiles, mountain bikes, and equestrian users. Volunteers affiliated with the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (BCAMC) maintain the trail. Detailed route descriptions of the trail are at www.amcberkshire.org/mmtrail

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2001

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Christopher Ryan
P.O. Box 9369
North Amherst, MA 1059
(413) 549-4124
[email protected]

Trail Management:
Jennifer Howard
Mass. Dept. of Environmental Management
136 Damon Rd.
Northampton, MA 1060
(443) 586-8706 ext. 18
[email protected]

 

Photos

Scenery along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Photo by Sarah Bierden.

Scenery along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Photo by Sarah Bierden.

Scenery along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Photo by Sarah Bierden.

Scenery along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Photo by Sarah Bierden.

 

Scenery along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Photo by Sarah Bierden.

Scenery along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Photo by Sarah Bierden.

M-M Trail Sign. Photo by Sarah Bierden.

M-M Trail Sign. Photo by Sarah Bierden.

 

Scenery along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Photo by Sarah Bierden.

Scenery along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Photo by Sarah Bierden.

Scenery along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Photo by Sarah Bierden.

Scenery along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Photo by Sarah Bierden.

 

Northern part of Tom Range. Photo by Janie Walker.

Northern part of Tom Range. Photo by Janie Walker.

Reviews

Lovely part of the New England Trail

I recently hiked the New England National Scenic Trail. The M&M Trail, including the two sections that are considered a National Recreation Trail, are part of this trail. Those two sections of the M&M (and the rest of it, for that matter) are beautiful and well maintained. Favorite parts include the northern section of the Tom Range and the Seven Sisters part of the Holyoke Range. Lovely hiking.

April 24, 2022

 

 

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