The Cascades Trail is a short, beautiful river walk following the Notch Brook in North Adams from the end of Marion Avenue to a popular cascading waterfall. A hidden in-town gem, this trail is minutes away from downtown areas of North Adams and Williamstown and is short enough to walk on a whim for anyone looking to squeeze a nice hike into a limited amount of time. This trail has been protected from motorized vehicle traffic for many years and is now maintained by the Trustees of Reservations of Western Massachusetts for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing and swimming.
The entire hike takes about an hour and a half and is flat enough for even the most inexperienced hikers to enjoy a taste of nature. Feel free to walk along the rocks to the base of the falls for a refreshing break from summer heat, or follow the aggressive climb along the right side of the falls to the top for spectacular views of the river below.
The parking lot is located at the Northern Berkshire YMCA, please be respectful of the YMCA and Brayton Elementary School especially during school day hours.
Northern Berkshire YMCA, 22 Brickyard Ct, North Adams, MA 01247