Wild and rugged Monroe State Forest has deep valleys, steep mountains and tall trees reaching for the sky. To view this forested landscape with valley-filled fog is an unforgettable experience. A hike to the top of Spruce Mountain or to CCC-built Raycroft Lookout offers magnificent panoramas of the surrounding Hoosac, Green Mountains and Deerfield River. Begin at the Dunbar Brook Trail head. Spring is full of May Flies (bring a head net) and has beautiful wildflower carpets such as Trillium and Trout Lilly. You might also see lots of moose rubbings along the Spruce Hill Trail on the trees.
From East or West Rte. 2: Take MA Rte. 2 in Florida to Tilda Hill Road. Turn onto Tilda Hill Rd. (becomes Main Road in Monroe) and follow for 4 miles, to intersection with Raycroft Road. Look for trailhead kiosk and parking. Dunbar Brook Trail upper trailhead is nearby.
Note: Raycroft Road is in poor condition.
Dunbar Brook Trail head, From East or West/Rte. 2: On MA Rte. 2 (2.2 miles west of Charlemont center) turn onto Zoar Road. Follow Zoar Rd. (becomes River Road in Florida) for 11 miles to parking and trailhead on left at Florida-Monroe town line. Only day-use parking is permitted here.
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