The hairpin turn on Route 2 in North Adams is a beloved scenic destination and drive by that offers panoramic views. It is a part of the Mohawk trail, which…
Hairpin Turn Route 2
The hairpin turn on Route 2 in North Adams is a beloved scenic destination and drive by that offers panoramic views. It is a part of the Mohawk trail, which spans for about 63 miles. This trail is known both locally and nationally for the great views drivers encounter. Many come to this scenic New England destination throughout the seasons. However, the ideal time to drive here is said to be in the fall, when the ocean of tree leaves below turn burgundy, amber, and mustard. The hairpin turn on Route 2 is 1,700 feet above sea level and looks out at the Hoosac Valley, Mount Greylock, Mount Prospect and more.
The turn is on the Western summit—deemed the Spirit Mountain by Native Americans—and can be a great place to watch the sun go down while observing parts of southern Vermont and northern Berkshire county. There’s also a restaurant on the turn that is adjacent to the lookout called the Golden Eagle. The eatery has been serving food since 1914, but has been safely relocated a bit farther back behind the recess in the mountain since 1958. Since the hairpin turn sits directly on the North Adams and Clarksburg town line, the restaurant is actually in Clarksburg.
Closeby to the hairpin turn is MASS MoCA, another aesthetic pleasure. This contemporary art museum was crafted from an old factory building and now draws in guests from every corner of the United States and beyond. There’s immersive exhibits, food, a brewery, and shops all on site.