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.

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.

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!

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:

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.

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 is currently closed due to Covid 19. Please read our current statement below:

SEE TRAIL REPORT LINK BELOW FOR UPDATES.

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

NORTHFIELD, Mass., December 15, 2020—FirstLight Power, a leading clean power producer and energy storage company in New England and owner-operator of the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, today unveiled its revised plan to open its trails this winter to skiers, hikers, walkers, and other recreational use while remaining consistent with the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 safety and social-distancing guidelines.

“Knowing what an enormous challenge the social distancing requirements and limitations on socializing at home are proving 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 use of masks and social distancing at all times,” said Carter Wall, FirstLight’s community liaison. “Due to the rising COVID cases in the area, we will not be selling trail passes or renting equipment – trail use will be free to all, but trails will not be groomed or patrolled, and no restroom facilities or warming facilities will be open.  We hope that when conditions change we will be able to offer our usual full-service ski facilities in the future.”

When snow cover is sufficient, trails at the center will be opened for skiing and snowshoeing to all guests who are wearing masks and practicing social distancing at all times. At times when snow cover is absent or too icy, thin, or inconsistent, trails may be opened for hiking, walking, and cycling on fat bikes, again with masking and social distancing required of all. Visitors can get information about trail conditions and allowed activities by visiting FirstLight’s Northfield Mountain Facebook page www.facebook.com/northfieldmountain, web site www.firstlightpower.com/recreation or the Western Mass Cross Country Ski Areas Association .

Some changes this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Trail passes for skiing and snowshoeing are not required, and trails will not be groomed regularly.
  • The Visitor Center and yurt will remain closed to visitors.  No restroom facilities will be provided.
  • Skis and snowshoes will not be available for daily rental.
  • Visitors are urged to comply fully with the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order when planning a visit.

“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.

Contact:   Carter Wall 413/834-2126 carter.wall@firstlightpower.com

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.

Rental Equipment and Trail Fees

We offer mid-length wax less skis, equipped with easy-to-use NNN bindings. Adult sized skate ski rentals are also available as are combination packages that include rentals, trail fees and lessons. For those with very young children, pulls may be rented for $5 per hour.

View Our 2019–2020 Rates (PDF)

Lessons

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.

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.

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