Berkshire Hills Scenic Drive

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

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A 132-mile loop drive through the scenic Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts. Every New England landscape is found here—thick woodlands punctuated by serene ponds and lakes; ancient, worn hills gentled by time and erosion; bucolic villages topped by slender church spires; open pastures and farms interrupted by stone fences, silver silos, orchards, and grazing Holsteins; rivers that wander between grass-lined banks; and tumbling brooks that shatter to foam over cliffs. The drive, with its many natural wonders (including Mount Greylock) and marvelous historic sites (including Hancock Shaker Village) easily takes a full day to enjoy. Special attractions: Hancock Shaker Village, Great Barrington State Forest, Albert Schweitzer Center, Monument Mountain Reservation, East Mountain State Forest, Bidwell House, Otis Ridge Ski Area, Beartown State Forest, Mount Greylock State Reservation, Berkshire Museum, Arrowhead, Pittsfield State Forest, Chesterfield Gorge, camping, hiking, historic sites, scenic views, fishing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving New England

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Scenic Driving New England

by Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides)

A 132-mile loop drive through the scenic Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts. Every New England landscape is found here—thick woodlands punctuated by serene ponds and lakes; ancient, worn hills gentled by time and erosion; bucolic villages topped by slender church spires; open pastures and farms interrupted by stone fences, silver silos, orchards, and grazing Holsteins; rivers that wander between grass-lined banks; and tumbling brooks that shatter to foam over cliffs. The drive, with its many natural wonders (including Mount Greylock) and marvelous historic sites (including Hancock Shaker Village) easily takes a full day to enjoy.

Special attractions: Hancock Shaker Village, Great Barrington State Forest, Albert Schweitzer Center, Monument Mountain Reservation, East Mountain State Forest, Bidwell House, Otis Ridge Ski Area, Beartown State Forest, Mount Greylock State Reservation, Berkshire Museum, Arrowhead, Pittsfield State Forest, Chesterfield Gorge, camping, hiking, historic sites, scenic views, fishing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Pittsfield
Distance: 132
Season: Year-round, but snow or ice can close or slicken roads in winter
Local Contacts: Berkshire Visitors Bureau
Driving Directions: Directions to Berkshire Hills Scenic Drive

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Apr 2018