"From the parking area, pale-blue-blazed Undermountain Trail immediately passes a kiosk on the right with a posted map; trail maps are sometimes available here. The trail heads west and begins a gentle climb into a forest of red and white oaks, ash, and hickory, all shading clumps of witch hazel, mountain laurel, wild azalea, and striped maple.
Evergreen Christmas fern shares the forest floor with mats of partridgeberry, sprigs of wintergreen, and isolated specimens of wild sarsaparilla and rose twisted stalk, a plant that favors the cool climates of mountain slopes from southern Canada south along the spine of the Appalachians. The foot-tall herbaceous stems grow in a pronounced zigzag pattern, with each zig and zag accented by a solitary deep-green leaf. From late spring through early summer, small deep-pink, bell-shaped pendant flowers appear along the stems." Read more
"A challenging daylong journey to Connecticut’s most celebrated mountain summit and one of Massachusetts’ most alluring natural treasures, this popular 8.1-mile tour is a must-visit Berkshire adventure. Journey here throughout the year to experience the ever-changing scenery, from snow-draped quiet to bursting mountain laurel, from vibrant foliage to rushing water. Under the canopy of towering trees, the beatendown paths lead to campsites and spectacular vistas. Amid the diverse habitats you can enjoy the melodious tunes of colorful songbirds, the hammering rhythm of resident woodpeckers, and the graceful flight of circling raptors." Read more