Notable trees outside the center of Williamstown

If you’d like to see the trees in this guide you can travel by bicycle or car to each location from downtown Williamstown.

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Please note that these trees are spread across the Williamstown area and some involve a walk or hike into a conservation area. The directions that are provided assume you are starting in downtown Williamstown and are not intended to go from site to site directly.

1 – Gale Road

You can see a line of more than 70 white pines planted by Robert Cluett who built a large house on the property in 1905.

2 – Northwest Hill Road

A. L. Hopkins planted red oaks on either side of the road, from the entrance to Hopkins Memorial Forest to the top of the hill in 1912.

3 – Southlawn Cemetery

Ancient maples line the northern boundary of Southlawn Cemetary.

4 – Bridges Road

In front of 203 Bridges Rd. (west of White Oaks Rd.) you can see what is probably the largest white oak in town.

The following are trailheads where you can hike in to see the trees.

5 – Hopkins Memorial Forest

The Hopkins Memorial Forest Sugar House

You can see large maples and oaks. Take the lower loop trail to the right, to the Sugar House to see the HMF sugarbush.

HMF Sugarbush
6 – Torrey Woods Trails

See a forest of ancient hemlocks. Drive south on Rt. 2 to the A Frame Bakery; turn right with Rt. 2 (the Taconic Trail). Drive ½ mile to Torrey Woods Rd. on the left. At the intersection, turn immediately left into a parking area.

7 – Fitch Trail

See ancient maples. Drive south on Rt. 2 to Bee Hill Rd. Uphill 1 mile on Bee Hill Rd. to a parking turnoff on the right. Take the Fitch Trail to the top of Bee Hill.

8 – Lower Linear Park

Linear Park cottonwoods

Drive east on Rt. 2 just past Aubuchon’s Hardware, and turn left into Linear Park. Park at the tennis court, where you can see a big black walnut and a sycamore. Take the trail in to the Green River, and follow the B. Barnett Riverside Trail upstream along the riverbank to see a number of huge cottonwoods and sycamores.

9 – Stone Hill Trails

Drive to the Lunder Center parking lot at the Clark Art Institute, and follow Stone Hill Rd. uphill, past the stone bench, and past the turnoff to the Kite Hill Trail. A very big red oak and American elm are in the hedgerow on your right.

10 – Deer Hill Trail (in the Greylock Reservation)

See huge and old eastern hemlocks.

11 – Overlook Trail (in the Greylock Reservation)

See a famous stand of old-growth red spruce. They can also be seen, at a distance, from Stony Ledge.

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