Town of Becket Esau's Heel Trail
1180 Jacob's Ladder Rd. (Route 20), Becket, MA

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Esau's Heel Trail in Becket, MA | Berkshires Outside
Esau's Heel Trail in Becket, MA | Berkshires Outside
Esau's Heel Trail in Becket, MA | Berkshires Outside
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About Esau's Heel Trail

Esau's Heel Trail is a delightful 2-mile forested loop trail in the Berkshires. The trail takes about 30 minutes and is an easy, flat, and family-friendly hike. The trail is popular among locals; you can often find others hiking it with their dogs. The trail begins on an abandoned road before it loops around on a woodland trail. The old road portion of the trail is relatively straight and traverses a mixed forest, with conifer species such as white pines, hemlocks, and spruce and deciduous species such as maple, beech, and birch. The loop section of the trail goes predominately through a deciduous forest, allowing distant views through the trees when the leaves are off the trees. The trail is also open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

The trail is named after the biblical story of twin brothers Jacob and Esau and is on the failed Jacobs Well subdivision. The trail is located on Jacobs Ladder Trail Scenic Byway (Route 20), which traverses Western Massachusetts.


1180 Jacob's Ladder Rd. (Route 20), Becket, MA

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