|Hiking Trail Conditions Report
|Great Brook Farm State Park , MA
|Road walk, Litchfield Loop, Pine Point Loop, Woodchuck Trail, Garrison Loop
|Date of Hike:
|Saturday, May 27, 2023
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
|I parked in the main lot parking area but in the grass overflow area. If not in the grass, it seems that you are supposed to pay to park. Gravel but easily driven by any vehicle. There are other small lots to park at as well just as by the start of Woodchuck Trail but hiking and parking where I did seemed efficient. These smaller lots also looked pretty full.
|Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable
|Water Crossing Notes:
|None or trivial
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|I think the only trail that was truly blazed was Pine Point Loop which was blazed in yellow. The others were not; no paw print blazes or maple leaves as the guidebook indicated. Jcts were signed though and the trails were trivial to follow. I don’t recall any blowdowns.
|Dogs are allowed but must be leashed.
|I don’t recall the bugs being bad at all. I did pick up my first known deer tick of the year though I’m not sure if it was here or on my other hike:
|Lost and Found:
|1st hike of the day on the way back from staying in Monson MA. I was a bit worried what this would be like on Memorial Day but although the area as a whole seemed quite busy, these three trails were not at all crowded which was a pleasant surprise. The area is very family friendly with places for picnicking, biking, ice cream, etc. Trails were dry with just a few spots of some minor and moderate mud. The trails are well maintained and are wide roads. Only markings on Pine Point Loop but easy to follow. I found Pine Point Loop to be the most scenic as it walked around Meadow Pond. There are three split rocks on Garrison Loop right next to each other and next to an old foundation as well I think but with no explanation of the history.
I had to wonder around a little to find the start of Litchfield Loop from my car but hiked that in a clockwise direction, then walked across the street and hiked the Pine Point Loop in a counterclockwise direction, hiking the Woodchuck/Garrison Loop off Pine Point Loop’s NE side along the way, then walked back along the road. Gaia called this just under 4mi with under 100ft of gain.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.