– The Phelps Trail –
Moderately strenuous, 1.5 miles, 2-1/2 hours, hiking
Located in Williamstown on the west side of Oblong Road approximately a quarter mile south of its intersection with Sloan Road. The trail climbs through land purchased by the Commonwealth as part of the Phelps Farm Preservation Project. Blue blazes mark the Phelps Trail from Oblong Road to the Taconic Crest Trail. The trail features a 1300-foot elevation gain, making for a somewhat strenuous two to two-and-a-half hour round-trip. The climbing, however, is worth the effort, for the trail passes through an open meadow, a pine grove, along the crest of a remarkably sharp ridge, through two-century-old rock walls, and numerous glades of ferns. Parking is available at the trailhead, along with maps of the Phelps Trail, the Taconic Crest Trail, and its access trails.
NOTE: The WRLF partners with the Williams Outing Club (WOC) to maintain and improve Williamstown area trails.
The WRLF is grateful to the WOC for allowing it to use the trail information shown here. For more detailed information on area trails, the WOC Northern Berkshire guide and a full map of all area trails are available. Please contact the WOC or the WRLF for where to find the guide and maps