Jug End State Reservation and Wildlife Management Area

Egremont, Massachusetts

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Bucolic meadows with a stunning backdrop of ridges clothed in mixed woodlands beckon hikers to enjoy a landscape reverting to a time before commercial development. This is a great hike to take with young children, and a fine place to bird watch or cross-country ski. The Jug End Loop Trail begins at the far (south) end of the parking area near the concrete footing of the former barn’s silo. The massive deluxe cattle barn that once stood here was turned into a hotel in 1935. A brief climb in two steps leads to an old wood road where you turn right to follow blue blazes. Sugar maple, white ash, and black cherry form a canopy over the path. Signs of former habitation include daffodil and yew plantings and lengths of rusty barbed wire. A substantial stone walls dissects the meadow below to your right. Up the slope to your left is an old apple orchard.
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

by Rene Laubach (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Bucolic meadows with a stunning backdrop of ridges clothed in mixed woodlands beckon hikers to enjoy a landscape reverting to a time before commercial development. This is a great hike to take with young children, and a fine place to bird watch or cross-country ski.

The Jug End Loop Trail begins at the far (south) end of the parking area near the concrete footing of the former barn’s silo. The massive deluxe cattle barn that once stood here was turned into a hotel in 1935. A brief climb in two steps leads to an old wood road where you turn right to follow blue blazes. Sugar maple, white ash, and black cherry form a canopy over the path. Signs of former habitation include daffodil and yew plantings and lengths of rusty barbed wire. A substantial stone walls dissects the meadow below to your right. Up the slope to your left is an old apple orchard.

© 2015 Rene Laubach/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Egremont
Distance: 2.9
Elevation Gain: 365 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Washington State Forest, RD 3, East Street, Mount Washington, MA 01258 (413-528-0330; mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/jug-end-state-reservation-and-wildlife-management- area.html)
Local Maps: USGS Great Barrington; trail map available online and may also be available at parking area
Driving Directions: Directions to Jug End State Reservation & Wildlife Management Area

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