Directions from Sheep Hill kiosk:
Go left out of the driveway on Cold Spring Rd. (Rt. 7) into town. Right on Main St. (Rt. 2 E) and left at the traffic light (Cole Ave.) At the end, turn R on No. Hoosac Rd. and go 0.4 m and turn L on Pine Cobble Rd. Then 0.2 m to trailhead on R. Park on L.
Directions from Spring St. trail kiosk:
Go around corner onto Latham St., and turn L at the end onto Water St. Proceed to end at Main St. Go R on Main and quick L at traffic light (Cole Ave.) At the end, turn R on No. Hoosac Rd. and after 0.4 m go L on Pine Cobble Rd. Then 0.2 m to trailhead on R. Park on L.
Trail climbs through an oak forest (where you can find five kinds of oak — red, black, white, scarlet, and chestnut), past an unmarked right turn (leading down to Bear Spring) and a marked left turn (“Class of ’98 Trail”). If you are hiking in June, you will see a fine display of mountain laurel in flower. Then a steep climb to a large sign and a marked turnoff (R) to “Pine Cobble.” Then left when trail splits, over quartzite outcroppings (a “cobble” is a rounded outcropping, and you will walk through a rare pitch-pine habitat), for a big view east toward North Adams, or right for an equally splendid view of Williamstown. Elevation gain: 1100′. Return by retracing steps. If you continue uphill on the main trail 0.5 m you reach the Appalachian Trail.
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.