Appalachian Trail (Sheffield to Upper Goose Pond)

Location: Southwest Massachusetts
Trip Starts: Sheffield (US 7)
Trip Ends: Upper Goose Pond
Total Distance: 22.6 miles
Hike Type: One-Way, Shuttle Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail
Trail Traffic: Heavy
Trip Type: Overnight or Multi-Day Hike
More Information:

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
799 West Washington Street
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
(304) 535-6331


From the Village of Sheffield, the Appalachian Trail climbs from US 7, crosses the Housatonic River, and heads toward the Tom Leonard and Mt. Wilcox shelters. This is a short, twenty-two mile section, but Benedict Pond is on the route and it is a nice glacial pond that has picnic tables, tent sites, and a public beach that allows swimming. Upper Goose Pond is north of Benedict Pond, and it offers some of the same services. A cabin is located on the southern edge of the pond and their is usually a summer caretaker on site in the summer. The cabin is complete with bunk beds, a stove, a dinner table, and a nice deck for lounging in front of the pond. Canoe rentals are also available.

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