Familiarize yourself with the cozy town and explore one the best highlights, the Clark Museum and its local nature trails.
Begin on Williamstown's iconic downtown Spring Street at Williams College's new bookstore. Walk through the southern part of campus to the Clark Institute, a world renown Art Museum. Take time to explore the exhibits or satellite buildings while enjoying a peaceful walk on a quintessential hillside behind the museum. Follow well marked trails and enjoy a more mellow walk after your time on the AT.
The walk is short, so take your time exploring the Clark, Williamstown, and the trails. The selected route is just one small section of the larger trail networks, so grab a map (in the info pack) of the full trail network if you might want to add more on.
After or during rain, the trail can become muddy and slippery. Be extra cautious on wet leaves, rocks and mud to maintain balance.
Various hunting seasons will overlap with the hiking season, so always wear a bright color in the spring and fall. Familiarize yourself with which hunting season might occur during your trip on the following website: http://www.eregulations.com/massachusetts/huntingandfishing/summary-hunting-season-dates/
As always, be sure to check the weather before departing for the hike – New England weather is notoriously fickle, so always be prepared with proper layers and rain gear.
Bring hiking boots that are both comfortable and worn.
Always bring rain gear as the New England weather can quickly change. Bring also an extra layer or two, plus a warm mid-layer.
Bring dry, extra socks as they can be helpful to prevent blisters.
Though poles are not necessary, they are recommended for balance in uneven terrain and over steams as well as assistance with climbing and descending the steep hills.
Basic medical supplied, including blister protection.
Points of Interest
The Clark Institute
William's world famous Art Museum - read more about the exhits, highlights, and other features on site, but make sure to visit the impressive Rembrandt collection. Visit each building, the Clark Building, The Museum, The Lunder Center, and the Manton Research Center.
Williamstown & Williams College's central location is home to quaint shops, great food stops, and charming views of a classic New England Town, church steeples and all.
Food and Drink
There are many options on Spring Street - our favorites are Pappa Charlie's Deli Sandwichs and Tunnel City Coffee. Don't miss Lickety Split Ice Cream stand either! At The Clark, Café 7 offers a full range of dining experiences, from to-go snacks for picnics on the hike or sit down dining.