Dalton/Hinsdale

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Probably the best-built trail in the Berkshires

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Old Mill Trail 42.448000, -73.130500 Old Mill Trail(trailhead parking) (Directions)

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Old mill trail-first section: accessible

Old mill trail-second section: easy

Special features: Universally accessible trail and fishing access

 

DIRECTIONS

From the center of Dalton: take Route 8 south to the Hinsdale line. From the town line, continue 4/10 miles to a left on Old Dalton Road. The trailhead parking is the first, immediate left.

GPS: 42.4480, -73.1305 (trailhead parking)

TRAIL DESCRIPTION

First Section:

From the trailhead at the south end of the trail 0.7 mile of universally accessible trail follows the river north. The exceptionally firm trail surface was designed for wheelchairs and is perfect for strollers. This trail is perfect for little ones, but watch out: poison ivy lines sections of the trail.

Entire Trail:

The trail crosses Route 8 soon after the end of the graveled trail. From here north, the trail is pedestrian only (no wheels). The first several hundred yards of this beautifully crafted trail section are actually in the river itself. This is an out-and-back trail, with a round-trip length of 3.0 miles.

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

The Old Mill Trail is your best way to get at the upper reaches of the Housatonic River. Crane and Company conserved the land with MassWildlife and collaborated with the Housatonic Valley Association to build the trail. The Housatonic River suffers image problems due to PCB contamination south of Pittsfield, but the East Branch is clean and fast-flowing as it descends from Hinsdale. This accessible trail is a treat for walkers of all abilities. Travel past the end of the accessible section across Route 8 for a pathway right at―and even in―the water’s edge.

HISTORY

Thanks to the generosity of Crane and Company and the hard work of the MassWildlife and the Housatonic Valley Association, The Old Mill Trail is your best way to get at the upper reaches of the Housatonic River. Crane conserved the land with MassWildlife and collaborated with HVA to build the Old Mill Trail, probably the best-built trail around.

From the trailhead at the south end of the trail 7/10 mile of universally accessible trail follows the river north. This exceptionally firm trail surface was designed for wheelchairs and is perfect for strollers. This trail is perfect for little ones, but watch out: poison ivy lines sections of the trail.

The trail crosses Route 8 soon after the end of the graveled trail. From here north, the trail is pedestrian only (no wheels). The first several hundred yards of this section are in the river. You have to see it to understand, but trust us: this is some of the best trail craftsmanship around. This is an out-and-back trail, with a round-trip length of 3.0 miles.

Bring your fly rod: These are cold, rocky waters – there must be trout in there!