Jug End State Reservation and Wildlife Management Area

Egremont, Massachusetts 1230

Jug End State Reservation and Wildlife Management Area

Jug End State Reservation & Wildlife Management Area Professional Guide

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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."

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Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
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"From Jug End Road, follow the A.T. south and ascend gradually for 0.25 mile. The climb then becomes quite steep. At mile 0.75, there is a good view from an exposed rock face. In another 0.4 mile, you will reach the summit of Jug End. To return, hike the A.T. back down to Jug End Road. Take I-90 West to Exit 2 (Lee/Pittsfield) and turn left onto US 20 East; then immediately turn right onto MA 102 West. Drive 4.6 miles, turn left onto US 7 South, and drive 7.6 miles. Turn right onto MA 23 West/MA 41 South, and drive 3.9 miles. Turn left to stay on MA 41 South, drive 0.1 mile, and then veer right onto Mount Washington Road. Drive 0.8 mile; then turn left onto The Avenue (which becomes Guilder Hollow Road/Jug End Road), and drive 0.9 mile to the trail crossing. There is adequate parking at the trailhead." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
365 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
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 Contacts
USGS Great Barrington; trail map available online and may also be available at parking area
Local Maps

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Dec 2018