AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires: Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in Western Massachusetts

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Discover 50 of the most impressive trails in the Berkshire’s region of Massachusetts, from short nature walks to long day hikes that reward with spectacular views. Ideal for families, nature lovers, and hiking enthusiasts, this guide leads explorers through the region’s varied and scenic natural areas, from Bash Bish Falls in the Southern Berkshires to Mount Greylock in the north.  Several hikes are on the Appalachian Trail, and two of the region’s popular rail-trails are also included.  Many trips are ...

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Overview

Discover 50 of the most impressive trails in the Berkshire’s region of Massachusetts, from short nature walks to long day hikes that reward with spectacular views. Ideal for families, nature lovers, and hiking enthusiasts, this guide leads explorers through the region’s varied and scenic natural areas, from Bash Bish Falls in the Southern Berkshires to Mount Greylock in the north.  Several hikes are on the Appalachian Trail, and two of the region’s popular rail-trails are also included.  Many trips are near Berkshires destinations, such as Great Barrington, Lenox, and Williamstown. Each trip description includes a detailed map and a summary of the trip time, distance, and difficulty.  You’ll also find tips on the best trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and nature notes on the area’s plentiful flora and fauna.   From short family nature walks to day-long adventures to winter trips, this guide is an essential four-season reference for locals and visitors alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934028216
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 639,732
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

René Laubach is the director of the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s BerkshireWildlife Sanctuaries.  René has been an active birder for many years and has authored six books on natural history.

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Table of Contents

Northern Berkshires

Section opener

  1. Spruce Hill, Savoy Mountain State Forest
  2. Pine Cobble & East Mountain, Williamstown
  3. Mt. Greylock State Reservation
  4. Cheshire Harbor Trail
  5. Bellows Pipe Trail
  6. Saddle Ball Bog from Jones' Nose
  7. Hopper Trail
  8. Greylock Circuit
  9. Judges Hill, Notchview Reservation, Windsor
  10. Field Farm, Williamstown
  11. Spruce Mountain, Monroe State Forest
  12. Sheep Hill, Williamstown
  13. Stone Hill Loop, Williamstown
  14. Dorothy Francis Rice Sanctuary, Peru
  15. E. Moran Wildlife Management Area, Windsor
  16. Greylock Glen, Adams
  17. Berlin Mountain, Williamstown
  18. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Cheshire
  19. Mountain Meadow Preserve, Williamstown
  20. Hopkins Forest, Williamstown

Central Berkshires

Section opener

21. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

22. Lenox Mountain

23. Yokun/Beaver Lodge Loop

24. Becket Historic Quarry & Forest, Becket

25. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Pittsfield

26. October Mountain State Forest, Washington

27. Shaker Mountain, Hancock

28. Rt. 20 to Upper Goose Pond—AT, Lee/Tyringham

29. Kennedy Park, Lenox

30. Keystone Arch Bridges, Becket, Chester, Middlefield

31. Olivia's Overlook to Lenox Mountain, Lenox

32. Tower Mountain, Pittsfield State Forest

33. Warner Hill, Pittsfield

34. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Lanesborough

35. Schermerhorn Gorge Trail, Lenox & Lee

Western Berkshires

Section opener

34. Questing Reservation, New Marlborough

35. Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Sheffield

Bartholomew's Cobble Reservation, Sheffield

36. Hurlburt's Hill

37. Corbin's Neck

38. Sage's Ravine, Mount Washington

39. Mt. Everett State Reservation, Mount Washington

40. Mount Alander, Mount Washington

41. Monument Mountain, Great Barrington

42. Ice Glen & Laura's Tower, Stockbridge

43. Mt. Race & Mt. Everett along the AT

44. Mount Frissel, Mount Washington

45. Tyringham Cobble Reservation, Tyringham

46. Basin Pond, Lee

47. Bash Bish Falls, Mount Washington

48. Benedict Pond Loop, Beartown State Forest

49. Dry Hill Reservation, New Marlborough

50. Abbey Hill, Sandisfield State Forest

Nature essays

25-30 TK

Back matter

Index

About the AMC

Cross-promotion page

AMC Book updates

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