Views of the Taconic range, Berlin Mountain, and Mount Greylock are visible from the Taconic Crest Trail. It passes through mixed forests of oak, hickory and northern hardwoods. Red spruce/balsam firs with alkaline loving plants are on higher summits.
Geologic makeup is metamorphic rock over younger sedimentary rock. The land is protected as state forest, conservation easement or forest preserve. The trail passes through Taconic Ridge State Forest within its 6,000 acres. This forest adjoins the states of New York, Massachusetts and Vermont.
Taconic Crest Trail is a 35-mile hiking trail in the Taconic Mountains, which separate the states of New York and Massachusetts. It travels less than 1 mile east of the New York border north, along the ridgeline of the Taconic Range. The trail ends in Petersburg NY on route 346. The word Taconic is derived from geologic strata forming the Taconic Mountains in Western NY.
Hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during winter is permitted along the trail. Mountain biking and motorized vehicles are prohibited. Trail markers of blue squares with white blazes are posted along the trail.
The trail passes thru Massachusetts’s towns of Hancock, Williamstown, Pownal in Vermont, and New York towns of Stephentown, Berlin, and Petersburg. The trails high point, Berlin Mountain is at the trails southern point.
The trail passed through Pittsfield State Park passing Cranberry Pond, Doll Mountain, Smith Mountain, Twin Mountain, and Tower Mountain. Near the trail the highest pond in Massachusetts is Berry Pond at 2,150’ with a state campground.
A few miles west of Taconic Crest Trail along route 2 is Aqua Vista Campground at 72 Armsby Road. It is open for camping early May to the end of September with 156 campsites on a grassy parcel along Little Hoosick River. Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring and picnic table. Sites have water, electricity, WiFi access and cell phone service.
Divided highway Taconic State Parkway is west of Taconic Crest Trail, in eastern New York between I-90 above Kensico Dam and Chatham NY. The highway follows a 104-mile route through eastern Hudson Valley, along the Taconic Mountains. Franklin D. Roosevelt started the highway in 1925 with the last segment completed in 1963.
Petersburg NY is west of Taconic Crest Trail on route 2 at the junction with route 22. It is town of 1,525 population at 554’ elevation. East of Taconic Crest Trail. Williamstown MA has population of 7,754 as the north westernmost town in Massachusetts. It is 14 miles east on route 2 of Petersburg NY.
Taconic State Park is a drive of 277 miles from Rochester taking over 4 hours. Drive I-90 east past Albany taking exit B2 onto Taconic Parkway south. Exit onto route 23 near Hudson then route 22 south exiting Taconic State Park and route 344 east to the park entrance.
Landscape surrounding the Taconic Crest Trail is an awe-inspiring place for outdoor lovers. There are opportunities for many activities so start packing your bags for a memorable trip.