Bartholomew’s Cobble Reservation

Sheffield, Massachusetts

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Long beloved by botanists and fern enthusiasts, the Cobble offers terrific birding and wildflower-viewing opportunities, interesting geology, and fabulous panoramic views from Hurlburt’s Hill. Check in at the visitor center or, if visiting when the center is closed, examine the kiosk with map at the trailhead to the left. Trail maps are available at the visitor center (both inside and out). Trail intersections are signed. Much of the route is blazed in yellow. From the kiosk, walk left and follow Eaton Trail up the rocky slope under junipers (a.k.a. eastern red cedars). You are ascending the smaller of two cobbles, composed primarily of erosion-resistant quartzite rock and softer marble.
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)

Long beloved by botanists and fern enthusiasts, the Cobble offers terrific birding and wildflower-viewing opportunities, interesting geology, and fabulous panoramic views from Hurlburt’s Hill.

Check in at the visitor center or, if visiting when the center is closed, examine the kiosk with map at the trailhead to the left. Trail maps are available at the visitor center (both inside and out). Trail intersections are signed. Much of the
route is blazed in yellow. From the kiosk, walk left and follow Eaton Trail up the rocky slope under junipers (a.k.a. eastern red cedars). You are ascending the smaller of two
cobbles, composed primarily of erosion-resistant quartzite rock and softer marble.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Sheffield
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 310 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Bartholomew’s Cobble, P.O. Box 128, Ashley Falls, MA 01222 (413-229-8600; westregion@ttor.org; thetrustees.org)
Local Maps: USGS Ashley Falls; trail map available online
Driving Directions: Directions to Bartholomew’s Cobble Reservation

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