Beartown State Forest

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

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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 throughout its 10,000-plus acres. Benedict Pond offers swimming and paddling as well as a pleasant campground with sites near the water. Hikers can stroll Pond Loop Trail that encircles the pond, the Appalachian Trail that slices through the forest for miles, or any of a number of other paths. For mountain bikers, though, the draw is miles of state forest roads with good, predictable roadbeds that let you tailor a trip to your abilities.
Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts

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Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts

by Charles W.G. Smith & Susan A. Smith (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

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 throughout its 10,000-plus acres. Benedict Pond offers swimming and paddling as well as a pleasant campground with sites near the water.

Hikers can stroll Pond Loop Trail that encircles the pond, the Appalachian Trail that slices through the forest for miles, or any of a number of other paths. For mountain bikers, though, the draw is miles of state forest roads with good, predictable roadbeds that let you tailor a trip to your abilities.

©  Charles W.G. Smith & Susan A. Smith/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Great Barrington
Distance: 9.7
Elevation Gain: 561 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management
Local Maps: USGS Great Barrington, Otis
Driving Directions: Directions to Beartown State Forest

Recent Trail Reviews

8/7/2005
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Awesome-with a 10 month old in a backpack, little legs of six years old, two older kids, mom and dad and it was just great. We took the bridle trail from the pond and discovered it was a litle longer hike than we anticipated. No problem we were able to veer off onto the wilderness trail and around to lookout trail. A pretty easy hike with a great view at lookout trail. Expect many many mosiquitos and such. Will do this trail again and next time hit the Ap trail.



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