Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts Guide Book

by Charles W.G. Smith & Susan A. Smith (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts  by Charles W.G. Smith & Susan A. Smith

304pp/images/topo maps
ISBN: 1929173350

Well known for its extraordinary beauty, charming rural communities, and rich cultural heritage, the Berkshire region of Massachusetts is an outdoor lover’s paradise. This essential new guidebook details more than 40 of the best hikes, mountain-bike trails, and paddles in this magnificent corner of New England. From Mount Greylock, the state's highest peak, and the wooded bike trails in Granville State Forest to the quiet shores of the Thousand Acre Swamp and beyond, this three-in-one guide leads you to the most unforgettable spots in the region. For short, one-hour excursions, day-long adventures, or lazy weekend afternoons, this handy guide is a must-have addition to your pack.

© 2003 Charles WG Smith and Susan A Smith/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts" Guide Book
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... Preview: Take the fragile beauty of a boggy marsh, mix in a pinch of the African Queen, and you get the idea of what it’s like to visit Agawam Lake. This trip is for those who have a bit of Lewis and Clark in ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Stockbridge, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: Award-winning gardens and the ruins of a unique Georgian mansion combine to provide an experience unlike anything else in the Berkshires. The Ashintully experience is divided into two distinct adventu ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Tyringham, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
... Preview: A fun ride along a picturesque lake with distant mountain views—an especially great trip for families. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is not your typical bike path. This 10-foot-wide ribbon of asphalt ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Lanesboro, MA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.4
... Preview: One of New England’s unique natural places, with an abundance of rare and endangered plants and animals. Bartholomew's Cobble is a special place, not just within the confines of the Berkshires, but an ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Ashley Falls, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: A hard hike over secluded terrain and long stretches of open ridge to perhaps the very best view in the Berkshires. In a region known for spectacular views, the hike along the summit ridge of Alander ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Mount Washington, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
... Preview: A nice ride on wide forest roads that cut through deep woods, past scenic wetlands and beaver ponds, and up and over Mount Wilcox. Beartown State Forest has a wealth of recreational opportunities thro ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Great Barrington, MA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.7
... Preview: A challenging ride on a beaten-up old trail with lots of mud and rocks to the highest point in the Taconic Mountains. If you think of the things that can pose technical challenges along a bike trail, ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Williamstown, MA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.5
... Preview: Combine a boggy wetland with a government project to build a dam and the fortunate result is a fascinating pond to view wildlife, unusual plants, and the occasional llama. The lakes and ponds of the B ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Savoy, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: So many fascinating places to explore that one visit is probably not enough. Buckley Dunton Lake is the largest body of water in October Mountain State Forest, the largest state forest in the commonwe ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Becket, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 2.6
... Preview: Canoe Meadows Sanctuary is a natural oasis of ponds, marsh, and forest just minutes from downtown Pittsfield. Long before European settlers came to the Berkshires the area around Canoe Meadows was hom ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Pittsfield, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: What do you get when you take the feisty Westfield River and squeeze it through the upright walls of a narrow rocky canyon? You have to see for yourself. Chesterfield Gorge is more of a destination th ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
West Chesterfield, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
... Preview: A wild, rarely visited preserve that provides lots of solitude, an abundance of birdsong, and pastoral views from a distinctive rocky promontory. Dry Hill is probably the most prominent landmark in Ne ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
New Marlborough, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: A challenging trip along the Appalachian Trail that climbs the steep slopes of East Mountain, visiting four beautiful overlooks with views of three states. East Mountains and its associated spurs and ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Great Barrington, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
... Preview: A wonderful variety of sights from forests to wetlands spanning two glacial lakes joined together by a narrow waterway. Goose Pond and Upper Goose Pond are products of the same glacial forces that car ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Lee, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 5.2
... Preview: Forest roads and double-track trails bisect this state forest known for wildlife. Granville State Forest is a wild patch of more than 2,000 acres perched at the southeastern edge of the Berkshire Plat ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Granville, MA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.8
... Preview: A high-energy ride up single-track trails to some of the highest-elevation ponds in Massachusetts. Pittsfield State Forest is a long, narrow preserve that protects the steep slopes and rounded summits ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Pittsfield, MA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.7
... Preview: Short but sweet with a few reaches of slow water and the rest a whitewater treat. The Hoosic River is a shallow, energetic stream that is best run in spring or at other times when the water is up. T ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
North Adams, MA - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 2.9
... Preview: Until recently this trail was just an idea floated in conversation among the Housatonic Valley Association, Crane Paper Company, and some innovative citizens around Dalton and Hinsdale. It is always e ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Hinsdale, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: A great float through riparian forest, along farm fields, and past the poet’s river. South of Brookside Road, the Housatonic River begins to wander into an area called the Sheffield Flats. With mounta ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Great Barrington, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 4.7
... Preview: This is a fun stretch of river with some runs of easy rapids and riffles between long reaches of flatwater that drift through beautiful countryside. For the most comfortable passage, the depth gauge u ... From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Great Barrington, MA - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 6.1