Beartown State Forest

Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230

Beartown State Forest

Beartown State Forest Professional Review and Guide

"A nice ride on wide forest roads that cut through deep woods, past scenic wetlands and beaver ponds, and up and over Mount Wilcox. Beartown State Forest has a wealth of recreational opportunities throughout its 10,000-plus acres. Benedict Pond offers swimming and paddling as well as a pleasant campground with sites near the water.

Hikers can stroll Pond Loop Trail that encircles the pond, the Appalachian Trail that slices through the forest for miles, or any of a number of other paths. For mountain bikers, though, the draw is miles of state forest roads with good, predictable roadbeds that let you tailor a trip to your abilities."

Beartown State Forest Reviews

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Awesome-with a 10 month old in a backpack, little legs of six years old, two older kids, mom and dad and it was just great. We took the bridle trail from the pond and discovered it was a litle longer hike than we anticipated. No problem we were able to veer off onto the wilderness trail and around to lookout trail. A pretty easy hike with a great view at lookout trail. Expect many many mosiquitos and such. Will do this trail again and next time hit the Ap trail.

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Trail Information

Great Barrington
Nearby City
561 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
3 hours
Best spring through fall
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management
Local Contacts
USGS Great Barrington, Otis
Local Maps

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Jul 2018