Probably the best-built trail in the Berkshires
Property Name: Old Mill Trail
Towns: Dalton, Hinsdale
Activities: Walking, fishing, family-friendly
Special features: Universally accessible trail and fishing access
Hiking difficulty: Easy — universally accessible trail at the south end; solid trail at the north
GPS: 42.4480, -73.1305 (trailhead parking)
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!
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.