The Mohawk Trail

For the through hiker, the fact that this trail was, until the late ‘70s, part of the Appalachian Trail offers some advantages.  There are three trailside shelters on or near Mohawk Mountain that offer a convenient mid-trip stopping point.  Parking at Breadloaf Mountain and at the Falls Village interpretive trail is often used by AT overnighters and provides a convenient jumping-off point for the Mohawk as well.  Parking elsewhere on the trail is largely for day hikers – if you are planning an extended trip, be sure you are not leaving your car subject to towing.

For those willing to brave dirt roads, there are some wonderful places to intersect the trail in its least used sections.  Yelping Hill Road and Jones Hill Road are worth discovering in their own right.  If you walk on Wickwire, Mansfield, or Titus Mountain Roads, you have travelled back in time.

Trail Overview

The Mohawk Trail covers twenty miles of Sharon, Cornwall, West Cornwall, and Falls Village. Its southern terminus is on the Appalachian Trail near the peak of Breadloaf Mountain and its northern end reconnects to the AT after traversing Lookout Point on Barrack Mountain.   An immediate challenge presents itself to the day hiker:   there are no real “loops,” so the choice is an “out and back” hike unless a second car is available.  This trail guide is segmented into some possible day hike choices, although they are admittedly arbitrary.  For the fit hiker with an interest in rewarding views, Lookout Point and Breadloaf Mountain are recommended; for a more bucolic (and less strenuous) stroll through the woods (and for winter hiking or snowshoeing), Wickwire and Mansfield Roads on Music Mountain are favorites.  Coltsfoot Mountain feels the most remote; Dean’s Ravine offers the drama of a waterfall.  For those with limited time, Mohawk Mountain State Park is a great destination with views, picnicking facilities, and hikes ranging from easy to moderate. 

Click on the link below for a topographic map showing the trail route.
Click on the link below for a Google Maps view of the trail, interesting waypoints, and trailhead/parking locations.