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Straddling the Massachusetts/Vermont border, this inviting mix of forest and field, wetland and wildflower meadow, draws both novice hikers and serious naturalists.
What makes Mountain Meadow Preserve a special place?
We think it’s the scenic trail from Massachusetts to Vermont – just a mile to the Green Mountain State! – along which you can gaze across a serene meadow, peek through a forested ridge, and enjoy mountain vistas. Follow the property’s four miles of trails and gather your own special memories: of watching a butterfly light on a wildflower or catching the cry of a red-tailed hawk as it soars overhead.
This preserve of multiple natural habitats and rich ecological values is home to bears, coyotes, bobcats, fox, and deer as well as wetland amphibians and numerous small mammals and reptiles. The meadow’s mix of flowers and grasses, including aster, little bluestem, and fringed gentian, attracts a variety of butterflies. The Trustees maintain the field to keep it from reverting to forest and to nurture habitat for such species as Monarch butterflies, bluebirds, and goldenrod.
Although modest in size, the 180-acre reservation rises in elevation from 690 feet at the Williamstown parking lot to more than 1,100 feet across much of the preserve’s Vermont landscape. From the broad meadow a few hundred yards beyond the parking lot, enjoy a view of the Hoosac Valley that includes both Williamstown church spires and Mount Greylock. Climb a half-mile loop trail to a hilltop, from where you can also continue your hike into the Pownal, Vermont side of the reservation. If you prefer your vistas without the uphill walk, enter the reservation from the Pownal parking lot. Meander along a network of flat trails to a woods road leading to a scenic overlook at the ruins of Mausert’s Camp, a rustic family getaway that burned down in the 1970s.
Four miles of easy-to-moderate hiking on woods roads and footpaths.
When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.