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Adarack
04-25-2011, 00:05
Alright guys I'm pretty new here and not sure where to post this so here goes...

I'm a new hanger in Massachusetts looking for a few good places to hike/backpack (easy to moderate) and of course hang:D.

Mostly looking for Western/Central MA. But anything in CT, southern NH, and maybe NY is more than welcome.

I know about the Mass group hang coming up but sadly wont be able to make it.

Anyway any suggestions would be more than appreciated...

Thanks

Quoddy
04-25-2011, 08:43
For a relatively easy hike (no big mountains to climb) and good scenery I'd suggest the AT from Rt 20 just east of Lee where it crosses. Parking available at the trail head. It's an easy half day hike to the shelter area and water at October Mountain. If you have shuttle capability then hike on to Dalton the next day and it's a particularly good stretch.

oldsoldier
04-25-2011, 09:50
Check out the WaPack trail in Ashburnham, going into southern NH. Some of it is along roads, and water is spotty in built up areas, but its a nice hike. We did the 21 miles in 2 days. Lots of ridgelines, plenty of places to hang along them.
For quick overnights, I normally just head up to Mt. Watatic, and hike north along the trail. Once you pass the Binney Hill Pond (perfect place to fill up water bottles at the foot of the hill), and hike up to the ridgeline, its a nice view, and fairly easy hiking for an overnighter. Finding water on top of the ridge may be tricky though. I usually find a place to set up, then go back & fill a water bag. You CAN find water up on the ridge, you just need to search some. Views are amazing though-you wont be disappointed!

Flatland
04-25-2011, 14:20
I would recommend Savoy State Forest, as well as second the recommendation for the Wapack trail. Pittsfield State Forest has some nice sections also.

Adarack
04-25-2011, 14:58
Fantastic!!! Thank you all for the recommendations.

I cant wait to take my WBBB out on some of those trails. :)

I had been searching online and it seems that for the most part trails in this area are overlooked by most. So I'm excited to give these a shot.

Thank you

oldsoldier
04-25-2011, 15:12
The Mid State Trail is also one you may want to look into. There are a lot of places that you could do an overnight on. The trail is also on a lot of roads too. I did it in sections years ago-it was fun, and you see some pretty interesting places.

weathermaker
04-26-2011, 20:23
Western Ma has a trail system called the M&M trail. Metacomet-Monadnock 114 miles of trail from Granby CT to Monadnock Mt in New Hampshire. Maps are at www.msgtc.org

Weathermaker

SkyPainter
04-27-2011, 10:22
Western Ma has a trail system called the M&M trail. Metacomet-Monadnock 114 miles of trail from Granby CT to Monadnock Mt in New Hampshire. Maps are at www.msgtc.org

Weathermaker

EASTERN Mass also has a lot of places to hike/camp .... one notable trail system is the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway - about 200 miles circumnavigating the eastern end of the state.

http://www.baycircuit.org/

Also Mount Greylock is a nice place ......

Choices, choices .....

:D Hang tight!

Adarack
04-27-2011, 16:16
Wow... Thank you for all the great suggestions... I never knew there was so much in the area.

Living in Western/Central MA I mostly knew Quabbin Reservoir (http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/quabbin.htm), Rock House Reservation (http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/central-ma/rock-house-reservation.html), The Seven Sisters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Sisters_(Massachusetts)) (which is a bit much for me right now), Holland Glen (http://home.comcast.net/~tm01001/mms10.htm) and thats about it. I'm pretty new to hiking, backpacking and hammock camping (getting into to it to get some exercise in a fun way).

This is getting exciting!

amac
04-27-2011, 16:34
Adarack, believe it or not, you are truly blessed to live in New England if you are one who enjoys the outdoors. People around the world literally pay money to fly here so they can hike in the areas which are driving distance to you. The Wapack Trail (http://www.wapack.org/), the MidState Trail (http://www.midstatetrail.org/), MT Greylock (http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/mtGreylock/), the AT in MA, all excellent places. Once you gain some comfort and confidence, there's the White Mountains, Grafton Loop (http://www.outdoors.org/conservation/trails/work/grafton/), Long Trail. Gosh, the list goes on.
Enjoy!!

Veto 65
04-27-2011, 16:54
OOOO yea thanks Adarack Great question I'm saving this thread.

raiffnuke
06-14-2011, 11:49
There is also Mt. Greylock reservation. The AT cuts right thru the middle of it. There are shelter, a campground, and some remote hiker sites. I am always looking for people to "hang" with in Western Mass. :shades:

zelein
07-05-2011, 23:21
I am new here too. I've been able to use my 1.1dbl wbbb 3 times now and I am looking for more places to hike and hang in the area too. Most of what I've seen posted here is significantly west of me though.

I live on the south shore. Does anyone know of good hiking and hanging areas in southeastern MA or RI?

I've seen the bay circuit trail suggestion but as far as I know that is still mostly a work in progress down here. Is backpacking allowed there?

If you make your way out towards Boston, you should try hiking in the blue hills for the views of the city and harbor islands. However camping is not allowed, but I can think of a few stealth sights in the more remote areas of the park with fewer trails.

There is a park near me that allows camping though I am not sure if it allows hammocks - wompatuck state park. Hiking there is fairly dull compared to the blue hills but it does seem to attract a lot mountain bikers.

Are there any places on the cape that are hammock friendly? I am wondering if it would be worth biking the rail trail then hanging for the night and biking back. I suppose if there are no good places to hang there sleeping on the beach would be on option if not for the bad tick and mosquito season this year.

What about the harbor islands? Apparently a few of the islands have campsites but do they have good trees for hanging and do they allow it?

Veto 65
07-08-2011, 12:54
I am new here too. I've been able to use my 1.1dbl wbbb 3 times now and I am looking for more places to hike and hang in the area too. Most of what I've seen posted here is significantly west of me though.

I live on the south shore. Does anyone know of good hiking and hanging areas in southeastern MA or RI?

I've seen the bay circuit trail suggestion but as far as I know that is still mostly a work in progress down here. Is backpacking allowed there?

If you make your way out towards Boston, you should try hiking in the blue hills for the views of the city and harbor islands. However camping is not allowed, but I can think of a few stealth sights in the more remote areas of the park with fewer trails.

There is a park near me that allows camping though I am not sure if it allows hammocks - wompatuck state park. Hiking there is fairly dull compared to the blue hills but it does seem to attract a lot mountain bikers.

Are there any places on the cape that are hammock friendly? I am wondering if it would be worth biking the rail trail then hanging for the night and biking back. I suppose if there are no good places to hang there sleeping on the beach would be on option if not for the bad tick and mosquito season this year.

What about the harbor islands? Apparently a few of the islands have campsites but do they have good trees for hanging and do they allow it?

Maybe you can contact Skypainter for that info. He is an outdoorsey type or he may know someone who would know about that information. Please keep me in the loop, Harbor island camping sounds like fun.

scorpio516
12-04-2012, 09:48
So, yes this is a year old, but I was searching...


There is a park near me that allows camping though I am not sure if it allows hammocks - wompatuck state park. Hiking there is fairly dull compared to the blue hills but it does seem to attract a lot mountain bikers.

This June I spent a couple nights in Wompatuck - not hiking, out here for sightseeing and some job interviews. I didn't hang, but the check in guys said it would have been OK.
I did hang at Wells SP in Sturbridge though. Some decent, but short, trails out there.

Tripod
12-04-2012, 10:47
What about the harbor islands? Apparently a few of the islands have campsites but do they have good trees for hanging and do they allow it?

There is camping on 3 of the Boston Harbor Islands. I looked into it last year, there are trees and hamocking is permitted, but the season is very short. You also have to bring you own water. I think it is Memorial Day to Labor Day. The other thing you have to contend with is the flight path going into Logan. It's my understanding you would need to be either extremely hard of hearing or have a very good set of ear protectors. LOL

tjm
12-04-2012, 13:18
I have stealth camped in the Quabbin fun but not exactly legal....

KMACK
12-04-2012, 13:34
Northern Ct on the AT. Bear Mtn, Sages Ravine up into Mass, Race Mtn...all great with easy parking/access.

sunshower
12-09-2012, 08:27
We have hammocked at Wompatuck State Park without issue. They have enough sites that you can get far enough away from your neighbors. That park has great mountain bike trails that we do our bikejoring on.
I recommend Greylock- we have backpacked it 4 times and loved every time we were there.
I have looked at the Bay Circuit Trail and not sure if you are allowed to camp overnight? Would this be stealth.. cough camping?

genegene
12-17-2012, 20:42
Don't forget the leento in October Mtn. It's an easy 1 mile hike from a parking area maintained by the town. It's also about 1.3 miles from my house lol

amac
12-17-2012, 21:07
Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail

shrineclown
12-18-2012, 23:08
There is also Mt. Greylock reservation. The AT cuts right thru the middle of it. There are shelter, a campground, and some remote hiker sites. I am always looking for people to "hang" with in Western Mass. :shades:

Hey, where is the presidential swag? That other vote had nothing to do with you.

raiffnuke
12-19-2012, 07:40
Hey, where is the presidential swag? That other vote had nothing to do with you.

To what do you refer? :D

http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/picture.php?albumid=1331&pictureid=16880

shrineclown
12-19-2012, 09:21
To what do you refer? :D

http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/picture.php?albumid=1331&pictureid=16880


That is better.

And there is a nice trail that starts in North Adams and heads north for a fair stretch of the legs. Nice guide book available to help you segment it. http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3659775&emssrcid=GoogleBase:PS3659775&gclid=CN-Cz_DPprQCFVCd4Aod734ATw

Guide is detailed, informative and accurate. Starts out easily and gets more challenging... Take the overlook trails at every opportunity, they are well worth it.

TriSec
12-19-2012, 09:28
I'll add Camp Sayre in Milton (right near the Blue Hills) and the lovely Nobscot Scout Reservation in Sudbury. I do believe both allow outside (Re: non-scout) groups to reserve campsites.

There's also Breakhart Reservation in Saugus good for a stealth hang or two (try under the power lines off Water Street), and just about any State Park 'round these parts.