About Saddle Trailhead
The Saddle Trail is a short hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing trail in Alford Springs. Visitors will begin the path by trekking through an open meadow with wildflowers and grasses. Soon, the trail curves and ascends through a dense forest. Many local wildlife species, such as rabbits and songbirds, will be visible along this section of the property. Then, as the pathway continues climbing, visitors will arrive at a small bench overlooking scenic views of the Berkshires toward the east. Overall, this bench is perfect for short picnics on warm summer days. It also showcases the vibrant colors of fall foliage when the weather cools in autumn.
Further down the Saddle Trail, visitors will reach the Father Loop. This loop features an open meadow with excellent mountain views. On clear days, visitors can see Mount Greylock toward the north. They can also travel down this trail to reach the Mother Loop, which provides additional overlooks toward the east.
There is a small parking lot off West Road. Visitors will find more parking lots on the south side of the reserve, off Mountain Road. Alford Springs is a BNRC property that is open for hunting during the appropriate Western Massachusetts seasons.