Hiking Trails in Northfield
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Alexander Hill Trails - A network of trails for hiking and skiing is located in the Northfield State Forest at the top of Alexander Hill Rd. One of these trails is described here - click on this title or on the "Alexander Hill Trails" box in the above map locator for descriptions, trail maps, and directions to the parking area. Check the trail-head kiosk at the top of Alexander Hill Road for information on other trails in this immediate area.
loop length: 3.2 miles
elevation gain: 280 feet
mostly blue blazes
Bald Hills Loop - A loop off part of the New England Trail. Click on this title or on the "Bald Hills Loop" box in the above map locator for descriptions, trail maps, and directions to the parking area. Start on the white-blazed NET, across the road from the parking area, and soon take the blue-blazed trail to the left. Take a right when the blue trail rejoins the white NET trail to return to the trailhead.
loop length: 1.6 miles
elevation gain: 360 feet
blue, white blazes
Brush Mountain - A town-owned 46-acre historical and recreation area with a trail to the top of the mountain; the trail is fairly level at the bottom, but the last quarter-mile is a relatively steep gradient to the top of Brush Mtn. Click on this title or on the "Brush Mountain and Trail" box in the above map locator for descriptions, trail maps, and directions to the parking area for this trail.
out & back: 0.8 miles
elevation gain: 220 feet
white blazes
Coller Cemetery Trails - A network of trails for hiking and skiing is located in the Northfield State Forest off the end of Coller Cemetery Road. One of these trails is described here - click on this title or on the "Coller Cemetery Trails" box in the above map locator for descriptions, trail maps, and directions to the parking area. Check the trail-head kiosk at the end of Coller Cemetery Road for information on other trails in this immediate area.
loop length: 3.1 miles
elevation gain: 220 feet
mostly blue blazes
Hobo Falls - A picturesque falls, not far from the road. From the trailhead follow the road south for 0.4 miles, turn left off the road at the Hobo Falls sign. Click on this title or on the "Hobo Falls and Trail" box in the above map locator for descriptions, trail maps, and directions to the parking area for this trail.
out & back: 1.1 miles
elevation gain: 240 feet
Northfield trail signs
King Philip's Hill - A loop trail on a town-owned historic bluff overlooking the Connecticut River. The trail goes up to the river bank, then stays level until the steep, narrow down at the end; there's a bench on the way up and another at the top. Click on this title or on the "King Philip's Hill" box in the above map locator for descriptions, trail maps, and directions to the parking area for this trail.
loop length: 0.6 miles
elevation gain: 80 feet
white blazes
Mill Brook Wetlands - An extensive wetlands and wildlife area, with a circumference trail, on private property near the center of the village. Park at the golf course; the trailhead is just south of the parking area. Click on this title or on the "Mill Brook Wetlands and Trail" box in the above map locator for descriptions, trail maps, and directions to the parking area for this trail.
loop length: 1.5 miles
elevation gain: 180 feet
white blazes
Minot Brook Trail - This trail follows (abandoned) Old Turnpike Road from near the village to the New England Trail. Webpage not yet available for this trail.
out & back: 4.2 miles
elevation gain: 360 feet
New England Trail - A national scenic trail, with an interesting section in Northfield. Click on this title or on this title or on the "New England Trail" box in the above map locator for the official webpage for this trail - lots of options. (Note - the short stretch between South Mountain Road and Brush Mountain is closed at this time.)
multiple sections
with various lengths
and elevation gains
white blazes
Satan's Kingdom - A large wildlife management area with a trail on an old forestry road. The trail goes to the top of the ridge, where there is a view of Northfield village across the valley. Click on this title or on the "Satan's Kingdom Trail and WMA"" box in the above map locator for descriptions, trail maps, and directions to the parking area for this trail.
out & back: 3.0 miles
elevation gain: 580 feet
Northfield Town Forest - A town-owned 150-acre conservation and recreation area with a loop trail. Trailhead at the Brush Mountain kiosk and parking area. Click on this title or on the "Northfield Town Forest and Trail" box in the above map locator for descriptions, trail maps, and directions to the parking area for this trail.
loop length: 2.2 miles
elevation gain: 250 feet
yellow blazes
Hikers are responsible for their own preparation, safety, and enjoyment of the trails.
Numerous sources of information are available regarding safe and enjoyable hiking, such as: American Hiking Society.


Other Open Space Recreational Resources in Northfield
Bennett Meadow WMA - A wildlife management area on private property, along the Connecticut River, open to the public for hiking, hunting, and fishing (no maintained trails). Parking area on south side of route 10 on the west side of the Connecticut River.
Franklin County Bikeway - A county-wide bikeway extending the height of Northfield and into Vermont and New Hampshire. Click on the "Franklin County Bikeway" box in the above map locator to get information and a PDF map of this bikeway.
Munn's Ferry Boat Camping - Accessible only by river; reservations (and payment) required. Click on the "Munn's Ferry Boat Camping" box in the above map to obtain all information relative to arranging for and using this camping area.
Northfield Mountain Recreation Area - A private network of hiking and skiing trails owned and operated by FirstLight Power; click on the "Northfield Mountain Recreation Area" box in the above map above for the related FirstLight Power website and directions to the parking area. An overview of all Northfield Mountain recreation programs can be found at http://www.gdfsuezna.com/northfield-mountain-nature-programs/ .
Northfield Golf Course - A picturesque nine-hole golf course adjacent to the Mill Brook Wetlands, complete with clubhouse.
Pauchaug Boat Ramp - A boat ramp on the Connecticut River; a mile and a half north of the village center (Main and Warwick) turn west off routes10/63 (Main St) onto the boat ramp access road. The boat ramp and its parking area are on DCR (Department of Conservation and Recreation) property.
Pauchaug Brook WMA - See page 22. This wildlife management area, on DCR property, is north of the boat ramp along the Connecticut River; there is no maintained trail.

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