Your Connection To the Outdoors

Section 07: MA 47 (Hockanum) to MA 116, "The Notch" Visitors Center

The first two miles of this trail from Hockanum to Taylor Notch is one of the most interesting and rewarding for the hiker due to the succession of broad horizon views that it affords of the Connecticut River and its fair valley farmlands. The restored Mount Holyoke Summit House is encountered with its beautiful picnic grounds, accessible by car. The house is open to the public from May-October, water and restrooms are available in season. From Taylor Notch to Granby Notch (MA 116) there are only a few lookout points. This challenging section of the trail is ever rising and falling over the endless succession of minor hills that make up the range. Yet it is forested, wild, and quite unspoiled countryside. Hikers should note that all sections of the M-M Trail on state and town owned land along the Mt. Holyoke Range ridgeline between MA 47 and Harris Mountain Rd in section 8 were certified as a "National Recreation Trail" by the National Park Service in 2001.

Beware, water is scarce on this ridge, bring an adequate supply.

+ Length: 6.6 miles
+ Elevation profile