Beartown State Forest

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

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Eight miles east of Great Barrington. A comfortable pond loop and challenging, often tricky-to-follow bridle trail loop explore the scenic woodland of this state forest. Special attractions: Benedict Pone, beaver ponds and swamps, rich deciduous forest, limited vista, flowering shrubs and wildflowers, wildlife discovery, fall foliage.
Hiking Southern New England

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Hiking Southern New England

by Rhonda & Greg Ostertag (Falcon Guides)

Eight miles east of Great Barrington. A comfortable pond loop and challenging, often tricky-to-follow bridle trail loop explore the scenic woodland of this state forest.

Special attractions: Benedict Pone, beaver ponds and swamps, rich deciduous forest, limited vista, flowering shrubs and wildflowers, wildlife discovery, fall foliage.

©  Rhonda & Greg Ostertag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Great Barrington
Distance: 11.5
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Spring through fall for hiking, day-use: 8AM to sunset.
Local Contacts: Beartown State Forest, 413-528-0904
Local Maps: State forest map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Beartown State Forest

Recent Trail Reviews

7/28/2008
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9/23/2001
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The pond loop is short but beautiful. I thought I would extend my hike on something labeled Bridle Trail, just west of Benedict Pond, but it was really an ATV trail. This is just my opinion, but I think ATVs ruin trails. This one was so gashed up, eroded and rutted that no one would want to hike on it. Beartown needs more trails just for hikers.



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