OUR COMMITMENT TO RECREATIONAL ACCESS

As part of the company’s commitment to environmental awareness and sustainability, FirstLight maintains and operates nature trails and recreation and environmental programs at our facilities in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Numerous opportunities are offered year-round for the public and school groups free of charge.

Choose a recreational area below to learn more about it.

Please use the list below the map to select a location.

Barton Cove and Munn's Ferry Campgrounds
Connecticut River Cruise
Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center
Turners Falls Fishway
Bulls Bridge Recreation Area
Dike Point Interpretive Trail
Falls Village Recreation Area
Scotland Dam Recreation Area
Shepaug Recreational Area
Stevenson Recreation Area

massachusetts recreation

  • Barton Cove and Munn's Ferry Campgrounds
  • Connecticut River Cruise
  • Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center
  • Turners Falls Fishway

connecticut recreation

  • Bulls Bridge Recreation Area
  • Dike Point Interpretive Trail
  • Falls Village Recreation Area
  • Scotland Dam Recreation Area
  • Shepaug Recreational Area
  • Stevenson Recreation Area

Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center

Northfield Mountain is a pumped storage hydroelectric facility owned and operated by FirstLight Power. Northfield FirstLight offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities as well as an extensive array of environmental and recreation programs. We are a four-season recreation facility situated along a beautiful sweep of mountainside, with satellite facilities conveniently located along a 7-mile stretch of the Connecticut River. Please scroll down below event for Trail Information.

Cross Country Skiing at Northfield Mountain

Northfield Mountain has more than 25 miles of trails designed specifically for cross country skiing and groomed for both classical and free-style skiing. Our trails offer some of the finest Nordic skiing in the region, from beginner trails to the demanding 800-foot vertical climb of Tenth Mountain Trail. Hikers, dogs and other pets are excluded from our trails during the ski season.

Hours of Operation> Northfield Mountain Visitor Center will remain closed due to COVID-19. The trails will be groomed and opened to skiing and snowshoeing when there is adequate snow cover, Wednesday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Go to  TRAIL REPORT link below for updates.

FirstLight announces Northfield Mountain trails will open this winter for recreation with COVID-19 modifications

“Knowing what an enormous challenge the social distancing requirements and limitations on socializing at home are proving to be to all New Englanders, we’re pleased that Northfield Mountain will be able to remain open for people to enjoy fresh air, exercise, sunshine, and socially-distanced fellowship with a few common-sense precautions, including masks and social distancing’” said Carter Wall, FirstLight’s community liaison. Due to persistent COVID transmission cases in the area, indoor warming facilities and one-day equipment rentals will not be available. Trail passes will be sold through a ticket window, ski and snowshoe rentals will only be available through a season rental program.

When snow cover is sufficient, trails at the center will be groomed and open for skiing and snowshoeing to all guests with a valid trail ticket. At times when the snow cover is absent, too icy, thin, or inconsistent for skiing, the trails may be opened for hiking, walking, and cycling on fat bikes, visitors can get information about trail conditions and allowed activities by visiting Firstlight’s Northfield Mountain Trail Report, Facebook or the Western Mass Country Ski Areas Association.

Some changes 2021-2022 because of THE COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Ski and snowshoe rentals were only available through a season rental program enrollment period (12/14/21 – 1/14/22). Daily rentals will not be available this season.
  • The Visitor Center and yurt will remain closed to visitors. Portable toilets will be located outside.
  • Masks and social distancing are required while congregating near buildings, ticket window, and portable toilets.
  • Trail passes will be purchased through the ticket window, no cash transactions.
  • Ski lessons will not be offered this winter.

“While visitors should expect to see a few changes in amenities and procedures, what hasn’t changed at all is the natural beauty of the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center and what a refreshing, invigorating place it is to visit for outdoor winter recreation,” Ms. Wall added.

Questions? Email us at northfield@firstlightpower.com or call 413-659-4426.

Rental Equipment and Trail Fees

Daily rentals will not be available this season.

View Our 2021–2022 Rates (PDF)

Lessons not available 2021-2022 Season

Northfield Mountain’s certified ski instructors offer 90 minute group lessons for $25/person which are generally offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekends and weekdays by appointment. Ski lessons emphasize fun, essential skills, and safety. Participants may choose between beginner’s group lessons, special technique clinics, or private instruction for $50/hour. Reservations are required. Phone: (800) 859-2960. Special programs at moderate prices are offered for school groups.

snowshoeing

More than six miles of trails are reserved exclusively for snowshoeing. The trails meander through scenic sections of the mountain, with great views from Rose Ledges. Free snowshoe trail tickets must be picked up at the ski shop before heading out. Please see our price chart above if you need to rent snowshoes.

Fat biking

A pass is required when we are open for skiing. Tire size must be larger than 3.5″ and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi. Exit trails if your tire creates ruts more than one inch in depth. Please do not walk on groomed trails. Always check trail report below before heading out.

Grooming

Northfield Mountain can take on the largest blizzard or the lightest dusting of snow with their fleet of grooming vehicles. The trails receive regular grooming–usually in the early morning, with tracks set for classical skiing and areas groomed flat for skating.

If you are heading out to the trails, feel free to download our trail map. We also posted the map to the Visitor Center doors if you would like to take a photo of it when you’re at the site.

Trail Map

Trail Report

Rose Ledge Trail Guide

Hidden Quarry Trail Guide

Always check our Trails Report above on our Facebook page which is updated regularly. When open for skiing, the trail system closed to all users Mondays and Tuesdays, except holiday openings.

 

School Programs: Recreation & Environmental Education

Join us for one of the many field trip opportunities offered for schools and organized groups at Northfield Mountain. Our goal is to provide quality learning experiences that are both educational and engaging, using the outdoors as the classroom. Experienced educators allow learners the opportunity to explore subjects and habitats through focused, inquiry-based programs, taking advantage of the magic of each season. All environmental school programs support the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. For more information call us at 413-659-4462.

During the temporary closure of Northfield Mountain Visitor Center and offices, please contact us at northfield@firstlightpower.com to inquire about school programs.

Teach from Home Activities:

Winter Tree I Spy

December Shapes and Colors I Spy

November Woods I Spy

Autumn Forest I Spy

Feathered Friends I Spy

Canalside Trail I Spy

Forest I Spy

Fairy House I Spy

Fuller’s Pasture I Spy

A Salamander’s World I Spy

Water I Spy

February Counting I Spy

Winter Wildlife I Spy

Quiet Giants I Spy

Fall I Spy

Late Fall Wildlife I Spy

Facility Rentals

Pavilion

Fee: $300 plus a refundable $150 cleaning/damage deposit fee for exclusive use of our post and beam pavilion and adjacent lawns along the Connecticut River*.
Please note: If a large tent is to be set up and removed on the nearby grounds, the Pavilion must be rented on the days before and after the event. Contact us for three day rental discounts and information. To reserve, please email us at northfield@firstlightpower.com or call 1-413-659-4426.

  • Available Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day.
  • Maximum group size is 100 people. The 8 picnic tables in the Pavilion seat 64.
  • Swimming and beaching or anchoring of any watercraft on the riverbank is not permitted.
  • There are two 110 volt/20 amp outlets under the serving table with GFI protection.
  • Disabled guests will find the service entrance most convenient. All others should use the Pavilion parking area directly off Pine Meadow Road.

* Address of the Pavilion is 156 Pine Meadow Road. From the Visitor Center at 99 Millers Falls Road in Northfield, head north on Route 63 and it is the first left onto Ferry Road. At the bottom of this short road, turn right onto Pine Meadow Road and the Pavilion parking lot is on the left. Please share the address and directions with your guests.

Yurt (currently unavailable)

Fee: $100 with a refundable $100 cleaning/damage deposit fee. Located behind the Visitor Center.

  • Available between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Maximum group size is 30 people.
  • A pellet stove keeps the yurt warm in any season. Limited electricity is provided.

Visitor Center Auditorium (currently Unavailable)

Fee: $150 with a refundable $100 cleaning/damage deposit fee for large indoor meeting room in our Visitor Center.

  • Available between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. April through October.
  • Maximum group size is 60 seated in rows.

Please be aware that use of alcohol is not permitted in yurt or auditorium.

Hiking Northfield Mountain

Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center maintains 26 miles of trails that offer excellent hiking in warmer months, May through November. In order to preserve the integrity of the trails, hiking is not permitted once the ski season begins, or during spring mud season. The wide carriage-width trails that make up most of the trail system are designed for cross-country skiing. Additionally there are 6.0 mi. of traditional hiking trails that wind past streams, hemlock groves, old rock quarries, and the striking Rose Ledge cliffs. Below are links to our trail map, trail report and trail guides for the Rose Ledge Trail and the Hidden Quarry Trail.

Please enjoy the trails and respect other hikers at this time by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. We also ask you to please keep your dogs on a leash and pick up after them. The Visitor Center is closed at this time, but we hope to open again soon.

Sign up here for our monthly Enewsletter to stay up to date with events and information.

If you are heading out to the trails, feel free to download our trail map. We also posted the map to the Visitor Center doors if you would like to take a photo of it when you’re at the site.

Trail Map  •  Trail Report  •  Rose Ledge Trail Guide  •  Hidden Quarry Trail Guide

Interested in history or doing a fun hike with the kids? Try our Fuller’s Pasture Quest! Available April through mid-November.

Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center Newsletter

Location

99 Millers Falls Rd, Northfield, MA 01360
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available activities

Cycling
Cross-country skiing
Boating
Education/Exhibits
Fishing
Camping
Picnicking
Wildlife viewing
Paddlesports
Hiking
Horseback riding
Boat launch
Snowshoeing
Rock climbing
Fish viewing