This trail starts from the Pond Walk
approximately 0.6 miles from the Visitor Center, and can be used as a connector to other trails or on its own. The trail is not marked with blazes but is not difficult to follow. It has several easy uphill grades and many flat sections. The trail is generally treaded in dirt and grass, but some sections are rockier. However, don't expect any difficult footing.
The trail starts with an easy uphill on a rocky path. At 0.3 miles, you'll intersect with the French Trail
. Bear right to continue along the Northwest Trail.
Along this section, you'll find white blazes on trees to indicate the trail. The Split Rock Trail
intersects to the right at 0.5 miles, which can be used to connect with the Granite Hills Trail (Upper Loop)
. After another 0.1 miles, a granite outcrop on the left side of the trail overlooks a small pond and marsh. At 0.8 miles, the Ridge Trail
intersects on the right.
The trail continues to the left as a dirt-and-grass path, intersecting at 1.1 miles with the NEMBA Trail
. A large arrow indicates the direction to continue on the Northwest Trail, which ends in a series of switchbacks leading down a slope to the trailhead at Massapoag Avenue.
The trailhead on Massapoag Avenue has space for a few cars to park.