OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

SCENIC DRIVES

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The Mohawk Trail Williamstown to Westminster (Route 2) Begin in Williamstown, just 9 miles east of the best vista around, the Hairpin Turn at the Clarksburg/North Adams line with views of Adams, North Adams, Clarksburg and Williamstown. (If you haven’t already visited, drive up Mount Greylock on your way by.) Hop out briefly at the Hoosac Range trailhead about a mile past the Hairpin Turn and take a quick walk to Sunset Rock, looking down on North Adams. Don’t worry, it’s certainly not the only spectacular view along the almost 70-mile byway. Follow the Deerfield River from Charlemont to Shelburne, and when you get to Greenfield, stop and explore Rocky Mountain Park along the Connecticut River. From Westminster, check out Wachusett Mountain State Reservation for 360-degree views from this 2,006-foot peak.

Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway (Route 20) Russell to the Lee/Lenox town line The Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway is a shorter fall drive, only 35 miles through Russell, Huntington, Chester, Becket and Lee. It’s short, but it has the distinction of being the first mountain crossing built by the state for automobiles. October Mountain State Forest and Chester-Blandford State Forest are convenient stops to add to your day. Another highlight along this byway are the Keystone Arches, stone railroad bridges built around 1840 without mortar or steel reinforcements. A 2.5-mile trail offers a chance to hike and see the bridges up close.

Mount Greylock Scenic Byway Lanesborough to North Adams (Rockwell Road, North Adams Road, Notch Road) There’s more to Mount Greylock than just the peak! Take this short, 16-mile drive from Lanesborough to North Adams, perfect for catching some foliage if you can’t make a day of it. And if you’ve got the time, don’t miss out on the 70 miles of hiking trails available in the reservation. Be aware, during peak season, the road to Mount Greylock can be congested, and foot traffic can