2021 – The 20th Annual HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS
FREE, guided interpretive walks to the most interesting historic, cultural, industrial, natural and scenic sites in Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT.
Complete list of 2021 Heritage Walks coming soon!
Download a PDF Brochure (Once it’s done!)
Saturdays & Sundays on…Sept. 4-5-6, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 & Oct. 2-3
Explore with knowledgeable & local historians, naturalists, and environmentalists at sites within the Housatonic River Valley: tours of historic buildings and town centers, hikes on the Appalachian Trail and other trails, walks through industrial heritage sites, a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, bike rides on old country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates. All ages & all people are invited to join us!
The HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS are a partnership between the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, the numerous heritage organizations in the Upper Housatonic River Valley, the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, and the National Park Service. We’re extremely grateful for our ‘HERITAGE WALKS’ sponsors!
And our Media Sponsor:
SCHEDULE OF 2021 HERITAGE WALKS
PLEASE NOTE–FOR ALL HIKES, PLEASE WEAR HIKING BOOTS/STURDY FOOTWEAR, SUGGEST BRINGING DRINK & SNACK, BUG REPELLENT AND BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER
SATURDAY – SEPT 4, 2021
SUNDAY – SEPT 5, 2021
MONDAY – SEPT 6, 2021
SATURDAY – SEPT 11, 2021
SUNDAY – SEPT 12, 2021
SATURDAY – SEPT 18, 2021
SUNDAY – SEPT 19, 2021
SATURDAY – SEPT 25, 2021
SATURDAY – OCT 2, 2021
SUNDAY – OCT 3, 2021
For reference – here are last year’s (cancelled) Heritage Walks:
HIKE AT THE GARRETT GOODBODY PRESERVE
Join the Sharon Land Trust for this hike, situated on the southern end of Indian Mountain, which offers spectacular views of the Sharon Valley and Indian Lake. The trail hugs the edge of the farm field to the top where it enters the forest. The trail continues to gain elevation to 1,065 feet. Take a deep breath and enjoy the view as the lands that are seen from this lookout are almost all preserved, either by the Sharon Land Trust or by other conservation organizations. The walk is very steep in spots–for intermediate/advanced walkers. 2 hours–2.5 miles
GPS 35.91455 -78.31393 – Meet at the parking area located on Millerton Road (Rt 361), 0.6 mile south of Dakin Road. It is a short but steep driveway to a small parking area in the field.
2–Mount Washington, MA
HISTORY WALK TO THE ONE-ROOM, OLD NORTH SCHOOLHOUSE
Take a walk back in time, with the Mt. Washington Historical Society, to the last-standing one-room schoolhouse in town. We’ll start at the former home of Fanny & Lillian Schutt, students in the early 1900s. We’ll walk to the schoolhouse and hear about the sights and sounds the Schutts were likely to have experienced along the way. We’ll sample lessons, see actual student texts and hear about the history of the schoolhouse and the town of Mt. Washington. A great outing for all ages and refreshments included! 1.5 hours–0.5 mile
GPS – At junction of Rt 23 and Rt 41 in So. Egremont, drive south on Rt 41, then take immediate turn west/right onto Mt Washington Rd (later becomes East St) and drive ~ 4 miles. After crossing the Egremont/ Mt Washington line, take right turn onto West St. and park where marked.
HIKE AT THE AUDREY AND ROBERT TOBIN PRESERVE
This preserve of the Kent Land Trust is a remote, forest haven gracing portions of Kent, Cornwall & Warren. Towering white pines, shady hemlock groves, dense stands of mountain laurel, meandering streams, an old homestead, and historic stone walls are among the property’s many magnificent features. Kent Historical Society curator, Marge Smith, will lead an easy walk along an old road until it intersects the Homestead Trail, which has some wet stream crossings. Hikers will see remnants of the old Dugan Farm as well as evidence of the bygone charcoal and iron industry. 2.5 hours–1.5 miles
GPS 39.28686, -75.73012 – From the center of Kent, drive on Rt 7 north for 4.5 miles. Turn right on Carter Rd and then immediately turn left on Dugan Rd. Drive 1.4 miles up the winding dirt road to parking area.
4–Gt. Barrington, MA
GT. BARRINGTON’S ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY–CONNECTING THE DOTS
This tour with Nicholas Greene will tell a story that illustrates the ties between portions of Gt. Barrington’s rich history and it’s layered, unique and beautiful architecture. Limited to 10 participants. 2 hours–2.5 miles
GPS 42.1937862, -73.3638237 – Meet at the stone monument in front of the Gt. Barrington Town Hall, 334 Main St. GOOGLE MAP
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THOREAU, MELVILLE AND HAWTHORNE
Hike with board members of the Stockbridge Bowl Association on wooded trails and through the meadows of Bullard Woods and Gould Meadow, along paths once walked by mutual friends Hawthorne, Melville and Thoreau. Walk along the wooded shore of Stockbridge Bowl and Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 1.5 hours–1.5 miles
GPS 42.34446, -73.30601 – Meet at the yellow/brown trailhead sign at north end of Stockbridge Bowl at junction of Hawthorne Rd & Hawthorne St. From Lenox center–at tall marble monument junction, take West St. (towards Tanglewood) for 1.6 miles, take left onto Hawthorne Rd. for 0.6 mile. Or from Rts 102/183 junction in Stockbridge — drive north on Rt 183 for 4 miles to Hawthorne Rd., take right and drive for 0.6 mile.
6–Monterey/New Marlborough, MA
A WOODLAND HIKE FROM GOULD FARM-– TO THE BERKSHIRE NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY
Learn about Gould Farm’s history, mission, and connection to the land as you begin your walk along the forested trails. The second half of the walk will be led by Berkshire Fish Hatchery staff, who will take you on a tour of the historic property, where, for over a century, hundreds of thousands of fish have been cultured in a pristine aquifer that supplies a system of beautiful, natural pools with 200 gallons of water per minute. Van service back to Gould Farm will be provided. Rain or shine. 2.5 hours–3 miles
GPS 42.174770, -73.241113 – From Rt 102 in Lee, at the traffic light at Big Y–take Tyringham Rd and drive 5.5 miles south, then turn right on to Monterey Rd and drive 4 miles to Rt 23 in Monterey center. At Rt 23, turn right, and drive 2 miles, then turn left onto Curtis Rd and drive 0.5 mile to Gould Rd. Turn left and continue to the 2nd driveway, to the Harvest Barn OR From the traffic light junction of Rts 7 & 23 in Gt. Barrington–Take Rt 23 east and drive 6.2 miles and turn right onto Curtis Rd and drive 0.5 mile to Gould Rd, then turn left and continue to the 2nd driveway, to the Harvest Barn. GOOGLE MAP
ARCHITECTURAL WALK AT HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
Shaker buildings tell us so much about the community’s values, beliefs, and lifestyle. Join John Parker, for a walk through the village and into some of our historic buildings to examine more closely the Shakers’ built environment. The walk will focus on building materials, architectural styles, function vs. style, and change over time. We will learn to “read” a building. Stops on the walk include the Machine Shop, the Brick Dwelling, the Round Stone Barn, and the Tannery. NOTE: This walk does not include general admission to the Village. For a fee, admission to the Village can be arranged before the free Heritage Walk. 1.5 hours–1.5 miles
To register– 413-443-0188 x-0 or firstname.lastname@example.org
GPS 42.43091, -73.34049 – Meet at the HSV Visitor Center/ticket desk, main entrance, on Rt 20 (34 Lebanon Mt. Road), Pittsfield/Hancock. From the junction of Rt 41 & Rt 20 junction- drive west on Rt 20 for 1/2 mile to the HSV entrance.
8–Falls Village, CT
BIKE RIDE TOURING IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF CONNECTICUT
This bike tour, with Terry Burke, from the Trails & Greenways Committee of the Housatonic Heritage Area, takes in some of the best cycling roads and views in NW CT! The ride starts by crossing the Housatonic River by the Amesville Bridge, then passes the famous Lime Rock racing track, before riding by backroads to Sharon, with it’s historic clock tower, and riding the full length of Salmon Kill road, arguably one of the most beautiful roads in the area, on through Salisbury (with an optional coffee stop at the White Hart Inn), then around Twin Lakes and back to Falls Village. 4 hours–38 miles (with 2,368 feet of total climb)
GPS 41.95504, -73.35527 – Meet outside the Town Hall in the center of Falls Village.
“MIGRATING TO THE HOUSATONIC HEADWATERS” AN INDOOR SLIDE PRESENTATION
Enjoy an indoor powerpoint presentation by Peter White, as you will learn the history of Hinsdale’s migrating town centers and the eventual use of the Housatonic River in Hinsdale. Hear about the large, successful Hinsdale Woolen Mill and other mills and the dams that powered the saw mill and grist mill on the river and the development of the town center after the railroad came through. 2 hours To register–Pepawhite@aol.com or 413-822-6566
GPS 42.43767, -73.12283 – Driving south on Rte 8 through Hinsdale, drive thru the traffic light, to the Hinsdale Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale.
TOUR THE HISTORIC COLONIAL THEATRE
Enjoy a journey with Bill Munn through the history of the gilded age Colonial Theatre, owned by The Berkshire Theatre Group, as you hear the story of the 1903 world-class theatre, movie house, National Historic Treasure appointment by Hillary Clinton, restoration, and 2006 grand re-opening. 1 hour
To register–email@example.com or 413- 448-8084 ext. 18
GPS 42.44622, -73.25402 – Located at 111 South St., just north of the junction of Rts 7 & 20 in the center of Pittsfield. Wear sensible walking shoes for walking through 3 floor levels. We do have elevator access. GOOGLE MAP
HISTORY MYSTERY: A HOMESTEAD IN WARREN
Historians are like detectives, uncovering clues and putting puzzle pieces together to reconstruct life in the past…but sometimes they encounter a “cold case.” Visit a secluded private property with fascinating historical and natural features, and follow a discontinued roadbed to explore a pristine Early American homesite. We’ll share what years of research has revealed about the original homesteader and what this little piece of Warren tells us about the changing face of the Northeast corner. This walk is offered by Ellen Paul & BK Stafford, from the Warren Historical Society and the Warren Land Trust, along with former CT State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni, who will share his expertise. 2 hours–3 miles To register–firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-503-8545
GPS 41.73115, -73.38395 – From Warren center, drive north on Rt 45 and take first right onto Melius Rd. Follow Melius Rd. for approx. 1 mile and continue on as it bears sharply left. Destination is on the right hand side of Melius Rd. Entrance will be marked.
EXPLORE THE FAUNA AND FLORA OF THE BOULDERS, A BNRC PRESERVE
Join naturalist Aimee Gelinas, director of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, to learn about the plants, trees, wild edibles, tracks and signs of wildlife on this moderate hike at the Boulders Preserve in Dalton. Hike is free, but donations accepted for the Center. Program co-sponsored by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, the Dalton Cultural Council and the Berkshire Taconic Central Berkshire Fund. 3 hours–3 miles Registration Required–email@example.com
GPS 42.4816, -73.1783 – Meet at the trailhead parking area on Gulf Road, Dalton–Take Rte 8/9 east from the center of Pittsfield. Take a left onto Park Avenue, passing Craneville School. Take a left onto Gulf Road. Park at the pull-off on the left, opposite the parking for the Appalachian Trail.
13–East Canaan, CT
TOUR OF THE BECKLEY BLAST FURNACE, CT’S DEDICATED INDUSTRIAL MONUMENT
Learn about the historic iron industry of the Upper Housatonic Valley, by the Friends of Beckley Furnace. Built in 1847, the furnace produced high quality iron until 1918, and is one of the last surviving examples of the 19th and early 20th century blast furnaces that were once commonplace CT sights, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There were 21 furnaces in northwestern CT, as rich veins of iron ore were discovered in the hills near the town of Salisbury. During the American Revolution, CT-forged iron helped fuel the manufacture of American weaponry, most notably the cannons used by the Continental Army, Union weapons for the Civil War, and railroad car wheels. Tour begins when you arrive. 1 hour–0.4 mile.
GPS 42.01274, -73.29074 – 140 Lower Road, East Canaan, just off US Rtes 44 & 7. If coming from the East, North, or West, take Route 44 to East Canaan, CT. At the Congregational church, turn South onto Lower Road, passing alongside the Church building, and continue for approximately 1/2 mile, turning to the right and down the hill. The former furnace office and the furnace stack are visible on your left. If coming from the South, take Rte 7 to Canaan, CT. Pass a railroad yard on your left, and just before you cross a bridge across the the Blackberry River, turn right into Lower Road, heading East. The Furnace is about 3 miles east of the intersection of Lower Road and East Canaan.
GEOLOGY OF MONUMENT MOUNTAIN, THE BERKSHIRES AND BEYOND
Join Michael Bergman, from Simon’s Rock College, for this hike up Monument Mt. As we ascend, we will discuss the geology that formed the mountain, the Berkshires, eastern NY and western Mass. Limited to # of participants. 3 hours–4 miles Rain date on 9/19 Registration required–firstname.lastname@example.org
GPS 42.26924, -73.34291 – Meet at Monument Mountain parking area on Rt 7, 2 miles south of Stockbridge center
15–West Stockbridge, MA
TOURING THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF WEST STOCKBRIDGE: VILLAGE CEMETERY
Join Bob Salerno and John Parker, from the West Stockbridge Historical Society, as they explore the town’s Village Cemetery. The walk will visit the final homes of the prominent citizens and local industrial magnates, along with some unknown and infamous characters that made up West Stockbridge. Reception to follow at the Old Town Hall. 1.5 hours– <0.5 mile To register–email@example.com
GPS 42.34787,-73.37977 – Meet at the cemetery on Rt 41, 1 mile north of the village center.
16–Gt. Barrington, MA
GT. BARRINGTON’S ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY: CONNECTING THE DOTS
This walking tour with Nicholas Greene will tell a story that illustrates the ties between portions of Great Barrington’s rich history and it’s layered, unique and beautiful architecture. 2 hours–2.5 miles Limited to 10 participants.
GPS 42.1937862, -73.3638237 Meet at the stone monument in front of the Gt. Barrington Town Hall, 334 Main St. GOOGLE MAP
BIRDS, BEAVER & CLIMATE CHANGE: A WALK AT PLEASANT VALLEY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Interpret the landscape through the bird and beaver life at the Sanctuary. We will take a short walk, over uneven and sloping ground, around the beaver wetlands and learn how the landscape has changed over time and will change in the future. We’ll discuss the past, present and climate-changed future and how birds and beavers can be great indicators of the ecosystem. 1.5 hours– < 1 mile To register–firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-637-0320
GPS 42.382612, -73.298812 From Rt 7/20 in Lenox, take West Dugway Road (which is located a very short distance north of the Arcadian Shop). Drive to West Mountain Rd and take a left and drive 1.5 miles to Pleasant Valley Sanctuary. GOOGLE MAP
EXPLORE THE NATURE CONSERVANCY’S DRURY PRESERVE & MOON IN THE POND ORGANIC FARM
See how nature conservation and sustainable agriculture live harmoniously side by side. Explore the unique beauty and nature of Schenob Brook with a spectacular view of the Berkshire-Taconic mountains on a moderate hike with naturalist, Rene Wendell, from The Nature Conservancy. We will also walk through the Moon In The Pond Farm and learn about this diverse, organic farm that TNC helped protect.
It will be the height of fall bird migration, so bring your binoculars. 4 hours–3 miles To register–rene.wendell@TNC.org or call 413-923-3173
GPS 42.081399, -73.378350 From Rt 7 in Sheffield center, turn onto Berkshire School Rd. Take a left onto Salisbury Rd; and after 1 mile, turn left on Barnum St. and drive 1.3 miles. GOOGLE MAP
BOREAL SPRUCE-FIR FOREST, PLANT, TREE & WILD EDIBLE HIKE AT THE TAMARACK HOLLOW NATURE CENTER
This hike, led by naturalist and Tamarack Hollow director, Aimee Gelinas, will feature the unique high elevation flora of the boreal forest, including tips for tree, plant and wild edible identification. Hike is free (donations are accepted for support of the nature center). Supported by the Berkshire Taconic Central Berkshire Fund. 3 hours–2 miles
Registration required–email email@example.com
From Rt 9, in Windsor center, take Rt 8A north to Rt 116 in Savoy, and turn right onto Route 116 heading towards Savoy Center. Drive 1.1 miles through the center of Savoy (you will pass the Savoy General Store, then Windsor Jambs State Forest sign). Take your first right after the center of town, onto River Rd (mail boxes and two houses on each corner). Cross the bridge over the river and go immediately to your right, uphill – this is Griffin Hill Rd. If using a GPS, type in Griffin Hill Road, Savoy, to get to the beginning of this road. (there is a small “Tamarack Hollow” sign on a post). Continue up this road (turns to dirt) for about 1 mile until it ends at a “road closed” sign (you are now on Savoy Hollow Road, Windsor). Turn around in the driveway of #1515 or #1516 and park along the road facing north (or in the driveway of #1516)–Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. GOOGLE MAP
20–New Marlborough, MA
A WALK INTO THE PAST AT STEEPLETOP RESERVE
Join Mariah Auman, from the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, in exploring this 1,230 acre reserve. Bring your binoculars, as we explore the vast wetlands, stonewalls, and cellar holes. 3 hours–5 miles To register– firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-499-0596
GPS 42.1370, -73.2082 – From Gt. Barrington, take Rt 23 east to Monterey. Just after the Monterey line, bear right onto Rt 57/183 into New Marlborough. Just before the Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough, turn left onto North Road, and follow for 1.6 miles. Turn right at the steep, inclining driveway marked “684”. Bear right into our gravel parking lot at the top of the little hill.
21–Gt. Barrington, MA
INTERPRETIVE STROLL ON THE HOUSATONIC RIVER WALK – BERKSHIRES’ NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL
Join the Greenagers on a tour of this designated National Recreation Trail that follows the Housatonic River as it flows behind Main St. Incredible volunteer efforts removed 400 tons of debris from the river and developed a trail that respects nature and reveals the river’s beauty. Learn of the historic, cultural and ecological significance of the river. 1 hour–0.5 mile
Meet at the Du Bois River Garden Park at Church St. and River St. The River Walk is located in the heart of Great Barrington. Parking is located off of Rt 7, on Bridge St., behind the Searles Bryant building (across the street from Memorial Field). GPS 42.193751, -73.359233 GOOGLE MAP
CANNON AT 20 PACES! THE RISE AND FALL OF THE AMES IRON WORKS
Contrast a shaded walk along a flat trail beside the Housatonic River with the smoky history of the same land. Lou Bucceri, from the Salisbury Association Historical Society, will share the history about the factory and the people that produced the most powerful cannon of the Civil War. Learn how the cannon destroyed no Confederate targets, but only the man and company who created it. 1 hour–0.5 mile
From the Rt 7 & Rt 112 junction in Falls Village–Drive west on Rt 112 to Dugway Road (opposite the Outfield Entrance to Lime Rock Park), turn right and follow Dugway Rd. for 2 miles. At iron bridge, turn left, then immediately turn right onto Housatonic River Rd. Drive 0.5 mile to parking lot for Falls Village Dam boat launch. OR from Rt 44, turn onto Housatonic River Road. GPS 41.963895, -73.372007 GOOGLE MAP
A LEISURELY, PLEASANT STROLL OVER LAUREL HILL AND THE MARY FLYNN TRAIL
Join Patricia Flinn for a leisurely history walk of the Laurel Hill Association’s signature property, and continuing on to the Mary Flynn Trail, which is handicap accessible. Wear sensible walking shoes. 1 hour–1.5 miles
Meet at the Stockbridge Town Offices building at 50 Main St., at the ‘Town Offices’ sign. GPS 42.281649, -73.305837 GOOGLE MAP
HOLIDAY HOUSE HISTORY HIKE
Stephen Bartkus, from The Gunn Historical Museum, will lead a hike to the ruins of the Holiday House in Steep Rock Preserve. Participants will be walking back in time to discover the fascinating story behind the house, a magnificent hotel that once stood on the hillside overlooking the Shepaug River. Owned by wool magnate Edward van Ingen, this imposing structure, complete with ballroom and bowling alley, was created as a philanthropic initiative to offer working class women from NYC a restorative vacation retreat. 2 hours–0.75 mile
Registration Required– https://steeprockassoc.org/ or 860- 868-9131
GPS – Meet at the Steep Rock Preserve parking lot at 2 Tunnel Road in Washington Depot, CT. From Washington Depot follow River Road south, take a left into Steep Rock Preserve, cross the bridge over the Shepaug River, and meet in the next parking lot near the horse riding ring.
WALK THE SHAYS REBELLION SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Learn about the Appalachian Trail, the most famous hiking trail in the US, and Shays’ Rebellion in 1787 that may have had some influence on the US Constitution. Bess Dillman will lead us through fields, hardwood forests and across a boardwalk in a wetland. The trail is uneven with roots and rocks and small elevation changes—a lovely walk through a variety of habitats. 2.5 hours–4 miles
GPS 42.1468, -73.3859 – Appalachian Trail parking area is across the road from 1024 Sheffield/Egremont Rd., Sheffield. From Big Y in Great Barrington, drive 2.2 miles south on Rte 7, and take a right onto Lime Kiln Road. Drive one mile and turn right on Sheffield/Egremont Road. The monument is immediately on the right and parking area is on the left. GOOGLE MAP
CANOE PADDLING TRIP ON THE HOUSATONIC RIVER IN LENOX
Get your family out for an afternoon of river exploration with Alison Dixon, from the Housatonic Valley Association. Using our canoes, paddles, pfd’s, we will paddle out and back from Decker Landing in Lenox. This stretch of the Housatonic River is flat and calm with a variety of wildlife sightings possible. Suitable for beginner paddlers and families with children 6+ years. HVA will coordinate shuttling of participants’ cars to ensure everyone gets back to their vehicle at the end of the trip. Limited space available. You may register to bring your own boat; PFDs are required. 3 hours
Registration Required– 413-298-7024 or email- email@example.com
Directions and additional trip information will be provided upon the completion of registration.
COBBLE MOUNTAIN HIKE AT MACEDONIA BROOK STATE PARK
Join Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust staff for this hike that passes along Macedonia Brook and includes a steep ascent over a rocky outcrop to the blue-blazed Macedonia Ridge Trail. The Land Trust has protected 192 acres of Cobble Mt. and the surrounding area that includes 86 acres of ridgeline. You will be rewarded with amazing views of the Taconic and Catskill Mountain ranges. 3 hours–2.5 miles To register–firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-927-1927
GPS 41.76806, -73.49457 – 159 Macedonia Brook Road. From the center of Kent, follow Rte 341 west from the junction of Rte 341 & Rte 7. Turn right onto Macedonia Brook Road. Stay left at the intersection of Macedonia Brook and Fuller Mountain Roads. Look for park signs.
HIKE AT THE SKIFF MOUNTAIN NORTH PRESERVE
Join this hike with the Sharon Land Trust on a 197-acre preserve located on the Kent/Sharon town border. The preserve is predominantly forested and also encompasses several post agricultural fields and extensive wetlands, which includes a rare red spruce wetland community, considered to be one of CT’s critical habitats. The preserve contains habitats which support rare plants and wildlife species, as well as an impressive diversity of breeding bird species. 2 hours–1 mile To register– email@example.com of 860-364-5137
GPS – Parking and trailhead access are on Skiff Mountain Road, just inside the Kent border, past Marvelwood School and 1.3 miles from its intersection with West Woods Road #1.
HISTORY HIKE TO THE KEYSTONE ARCHES RAILROAD BRIDGES–A MOST MAGNIFICENT ENGINEERING FEAT BUILT IN THE 1840’S !
Join Dave Pierce, from the Friends of the Keystone Arches, for a hike to the first cluster of stone arch railway bridges–the first ever built in America, in 1840. They are impressive, breath-taking stone structures, 70 feet high, brilliantly revealing their ancestry in the great cathedrals of ancient Rome! After the hike, you may tour the Chester RR Station Museum. Donations accepted. 3.5 hours– 5 miles To register–firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-354-7752
From junction of Rts 20 & 102 in Lee, take Rt 20 east and drive ~ 18 miles to Chester center. Meet at the Chester Railway Museum, 10 Prospect St. We will carpool 2 miles to the trailhead. GPS 42.280547, -72.978600 GOOGLE MAP
GUIDED TOUR OF THE MISSION HOUSE & GARDEN
In the mid-1730s, the Mohicans living in western Massachusetts gave permission for a young minister to live among them. The Rev. John Sergeant lived in a simple cabin until he built the Mission House c.1742. Owned by The Trustees of Reservations, this National Historic Landmark, holds a multi-layered history: the Stockbridge Experiment, when the Stockbridge Mohicans lived side-by-side with English colonists, and the Colonial Revival restoration by Mable Choate and Fletcher Steele in the late 1920’s. The Mission House also showcases an outstanding collection of 18th-century American furniture and decorative arts.
GPS 42.28381870, -73.3158009 – The Mission House is located on Main Street, at the corner of Sargeant St., 0.25 mile west of the Red Lion Inn. GOOGLE MAP
FREE ADMISSION DAY AT BARTHOLOWMEW’S COBBLE
The Cobble, a National Natural Landmark, is a rare, geologic phenomenon which began as coral reefs, shells, and sand 500 million years ago when this area was an inland sea. When the Taconic and Berkshire mountains were formed, the still-forming strata were pushed upward and flipped over, leaving the underbelly exposed for millennia. The Cobble’s soil supports an unusual array of flora and you’ll find one of North America’s greatest diversities of fern species here. The high point is Hurlburt’s Hill, which offers panoramic views up the Housatonic River Valley. Enjoy a free day to wander around this amazing reservation!
GPS 42.05754, -73.35094 – Located at 105 Weatogue Road. On Rt 7 in the center of Sheffield, drive south and turn onto Rt 7A and follow for 0.5 mile; then bear right onto Rannapo Rd. and drive for 1.5 miles. Turn left and then immediate right onto Weatogue Road. Just around the bend, the Cobble is located on the left.
Two institutions, the Stockbridge Library and St. Joseph Church, began in 1862 and flank Elm St. Join Barbara Allen & Joshua Hall, from the Stockbridge Library, for a walk that will begin inside the library with a look at its history, discover all that has changed on the street since the Civil War era, and end on the grounds of St. Joe’s Church. 1 hour–0.5 mile
GPS 42.28830, -73.31949 – The tour will begin in the lobby of the Stockbridge Library on the corner of Main and Elm Streets.
COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE–A LEISURELY 17-MILE & 8-MILE BIKE RIDES
Join Marie Raftery & Buck Smith, from the Stockbridge Bike Group, for a supported bike ride from The Town Offices in Stockbridge. Ride on scenic roads by the Berkshire Botanical Garden and along the Houstonic River, through the Town of Housatonic and on to Taft Farm, a family farm with an acclaimed bakery. We will make a short stop there. This 17-mile is a ride for intermediate cyclists on public roads with traffic. A shorter 8-mile alternative ride on mostly back roads will also be available. Helmets are required. 1.5 hours–17 miles or 8 mile alternative
To register – email@example.com or 413-298-4910
GPS 42.281537, -73.309118 Meet at the Town Offices building at 50 Main Street, Stockbridge
THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS (CCC) AT PITTSFIELD STATE FOREST
Join the Dept. of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) to explore a landscape shaped by the CCC. This New Deal program during the 1930s Great Depression improved our public parks and forests nationwide. The program inspired a recreational heritage that we still enjoy today. Join retired Pittsfield State Forest park supervisor, Bob Rando, for a tour of forgotten recreation features built by the CCC some 80 years ago, including the famous Ghost and Shadow Ski Trails. Visit the rustic Ski Lodge, still in use. 1.5 hours–1.5 miles
1041 Cascade St., off of West St. From the park entrance, drive another 0.7 mile (Shamrock Boulevard) to the meeting place at Lulu Cascade day-use area parking lot.
SCULPTING THE LAND: DANIEL CHESTER FRENCH’S ARTIST-DESIGNED LANDSCAPE AT CHESTERWOOD MUSEUM
Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation for this easy walk through the various designed landscapes, including the house environs, formal gardens and woodland walks. This was the summer home, studio and gardens of America’s acclaimed sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French, who created 100+ public sculptures. See the design features created by French while living here and place his efforts in the greater context of artists-designed landscapes throughout the country. Participants will go into the historic house and studio for a short introduction to these buildings and how they relate to the landscape. 2 hours–2 miles
To register–firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-298-2033
GPS 42.284896, -73.352277 From Stockbridge, drive west on Rt 102, turn left on Rt 183. 0.25 mile past the Norman Rockwell Museum, turn right onto Mohawk Lake Road, then left onto Willow St., which becomes Williamsville Rd., just before reaching Chesterwood. Meet at the Barn Gallery.
HIKE ON THE TACONIC CREST TRAIL – FROM LEBANON MT. ROAD/RT 20 TO TWIN PONDS, PITTSFIELD STATE FOREST
Hike from the southern terminus of the 37-mile long Taconic Crest Trail to Twin Ponds in Pittsfield State Forest, one of the many reservoirs built by the Shakers. This is a ridge walk through a hemlock and hardwood forest with some short steeper sections. Learn about the Taconic Hiking Club and why the Taconic region and this trail are so important to efforts to preserve larger, intact forested areas. Attendance will be limited to 15 hikers. 3 hours–3 miles Registration is required–518-794-7474 or email@example.com
From Pittsfield, take Rt. 20 west beyond Hancock Shaker Village and continue 0.5 mile to the top of Lebanon Mountain. At the top and before the descent begins, pull into the large pullover parking area on the right. The trailhead begins here.
THE HISTORY AND NATURE OF MT. GREYLOCK’S SUMMIT: A MOUNTAINTOP WALK
Join Mike Whalen, from the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, and Peter Dudek, from Bascom Lodge, atop the most scenic, highest elevation (3,491′) and oldest wilderness state park in Massachusetts. Discover the 1930’s period of great park building when government work programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps created special places for recreation.
The rustic, yet elegant, “parkitecture” of Bascom Lodge became a distinctive style that defined America’s parks. This is an interpretive walk around the summit of Mount Greylock, with an emphasis on its unique ecology and historic structures as they comprise a fully realized historic landscape; and take an insider’s tour of Bascom Lodge. NOTE–Summit Parking Fee is $5 for Mass. plates, $10 for non-Mass.plates. 1.5 hours–0.25 mile
To register– firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-499-4262
GPS 42.636875, -73.16692 Meet on the summit of Mt. Greylock in front of Bascom Lodge. Access to the reservation is from Rockwell Rd., off Rt 7 in Lanesborough or from Notch Rd. in North Adams. GOOGLE MAP
43–Falls Village, CT
AMERICAN CHESTNUTS: LOST & FOUND
Join Ellery Sinclair and friends for a walk in a 300-planting American chestnut orchard at Great Mountain Forest. Learn of the dramatic, sudden loss of this major tree and the ecological impact. Hear of the American Chestnut Foundation’s efforts to restore this iconic tree to our landscape. 1 hour–0.25 mile
To register– 860-824-7454 or WML61@comcast.net.
GPS 41.943218, -73.283060 From Falls Village, drive north on Route 7. At intersection of Rts 7 and 63, take Barnes Road to its end. Turn right on Under Mountain Road. The orchard is approximately 3 miles on the left. GOOGLE MAP
WALK AROUND THE SECRET VALLEY OF RACING AT LIME ROCK PARK
Join the Lime Rock Park staff as we walk around the 1.5 mile road racing course that has been continuously operating since 1957. Learn the history of one of the most scenic race tracks in America! Additional walking routes around the Park are available if desired. 1.5 hours–1.5 miles. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 27, same time.
GPS 41.9325, – 73.38822 – Enter at the Main Gate at 60 White Hollow Road, follow the signs to the parking area at the Lime Rock Park Timing and Scoring and Tower. Sign in at the tower.
STEP BACK IN TIME: NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE WALK AT THE INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES
Archaeologist, Dr. Lucianne Lavin will lead a walk along the museum’s trails and end at a replicated 16th century Algonkian village. Glimpse into the history and culture of the local Pootatuck tribal peoples, learn about their medicinal plants, and hear of their community life and spirituality. Wear sturdy footwear. NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior, which, for a fee, can be arranged before or after the free Heritage Walk. 1.5 hours– < 1 mile To register–860-868-0518 or email@example.com
GPS 41.610699, -73.325217 Drive on Rt 67 towards Roxbury. Turn onto Rt 199 and follow for 2 miles, then turn onto Curtis Road and drive to the end. IAIS is the last driveway on the right. Meet inside the gift shop. GOOGLE MAP
EXPLORE THE IMPRESSIVE GARDENS & LANDSCAPE OF THE MOUNT–HOME OF EDITH WHARTON
Join Anne Schuyler to explore the impressive gardens and woodland trails of the 1902 home (a National Historic Landmark) of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton. NOTE: Does not include an interior house tour, which, for a fee, can be arranged before the free Heritage Walk. 1.5 hours – <1 mile
From the junction of Rt 20 & Rt 7 in Lenox, head south on Rt 7, and drive 1 mile to Plunkett St. on the left. Meet at the ticket booth. GPS 42.335589, -73.282937 GOOGLE MAP
NATURE WALK AT THE SALISBURY ASSOC. LAND TRUST’S SYCAMORE FIELD
Join John Landon, from the Salisbury Association Land Trust, on an exploration of Sycamore Field, a beautiful field that borders the Housatonic River and Rt 7. Walk along the edge of the field to the river and hear about the flora and fauna, the history of the area and about the Housatonic River. The Land Trust preserves more than 3,000 acres of important forest, agricultural, ecological and scenic resources. These conservation efforts have preserved cherished vistas, pristine water, agricultural fields, and important wildlife habitat, while making large areas available for public enjoyment. 1.5 hours–1 mile
GPS 41.926306, -73.359084 – Meet at the site, located on Rt 7, 0.5 mile south of the intersection of Rts 7 & 112 (which is just south of Housatonic Valley Regional High School) and just north of the border of Sharon.
49–Mill River, MA
HIKE TO THE KONKAPOT RIVER AT THE GOODNOW PRESERVE
Enjoy a leisurely walk on a new trail with Martha Bryan from the New Marlborough Land Trust, and Ron Brecher, through fields, along old logging roads and down to the Konkapot River and the site of the stone ruins of the lower Carroll Mill, where, using local wood pulp, the mill made newsprint for the NYC market. The mill produced its last wagonload of paper in 1887. 3 hours–2.5miles
To register–firstname.lastname@example.org OR 413-854-8509
GPS 42.1229, -73.2287 – Meet at the Preserve entrance: From the Mill River Store heading south, turn left at the stop sign onto Mill River/Southfield Road. Passing the New Marlborough Town on your right, go one mile to the entrance of the Preserve, which will be on your right.
WALK THE OLD MILL TRAIL ALONG A BRANCH OF THE HOUSATONIC RIVER & HEAR ABOUT ITS’ STORY
Join Alison Dixon, from the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) for a walk on the Old Mill Trail, which follows the East Branch of the Housatonic River and blends nature’s beauty with the history of the local 19th century textile mills. We will share the the industrial and natural history of the property and area with you. 3 hours–3 miles To register–email@example.com OR 413-298-7024
GPS 42.4480, -73.1305 – From Route 8 in Hinsdale, turn left, if heading south, or right, if heading north, on to Old Dalton Road. Cross over the river and take an immediate left into the trailhead parking. The Hinsdale Trading Company is almost directly opposite the trailhead.
HISTORY HIKE ON THE BIDWELL HOUSE ROYAL HEMLOCK TRAIL IN THE STEPS OF THE EARLY SETTLERS
Enjoy a guided walk on Bidwell House lands, as well as the BNRC’s Hudson-Howard property, tracing the route of the early settlers of Township No. 1 to their first meeting house on the hill near the Bidwell House Museum. Richard Greene will lead the group on the old roadways, past foundations and stone walls of long-ago homesteads. 3 hours–4 miles NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior, which for a fee, can be arranged after the free Heritage Walk.
To register, email–firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-528-6888.
GPS 42.208887, -73.218303 From Monterey center–take Tyringham Rd. for 1.5 miles,and take a left onto Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to the end; OR From the traffic light at Big Y in Lee–take Tyringham Rd and drive 5.5 miles, take a right onto Monterey Rd and drive for 2.3 miles, then take a right on Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to the end. GOOGLE MAP
DISCOVERING THE FOOTPRINTS OF JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, located in the Berkshire Hills, is the “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine). This treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark was once a farm and a station on the Underground Railroad. Join the staff for a historical, behind-the-scenes tour of “one of America’s most precious cultural assets”.
We will walk the recently restored Wetlands Trail, explore the transformation of a family farmhouse into “the dance center of the nation” (The NY Times), and discover the diverse footprints of our past and present. Wear sturdy footwear, as walking will be on outdoors pathways. 2 hours–0.5 mile To register–email@example.com
GPS 42.264087,-73.117888 Meet at the Hunter House at Jacob’s Pillow, located at 358 George Carter Road, Becket. From the Big Y in Lee, follow Rt 20 East for 8 miles to Becket, and then turn left for ½ mile on George Carter Road to the parking lot on your right. GOOGLE MAP
THE SHARON GREEN: LIVING MEMORIES
Join the Sharon Historical Society staff on a stroll around the Sharon Green, which is a public space surrounded by buildings which have served as homes, public halls, and businesses, some of which date from the 18th century. We’ll walk around the green, and we’ll reference photos from the Sharon Historical Society’s Kelsey and Marckres Photography Collections to learn about the people who created and adapted the green, houses, and public buildings to personal, community, and economic interests. 1 hour–1 mile
To register–firstname.lastname@example.org OR 860-364-5688
GPS 41.87976, -73.47678 – The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is located at 18 Main St./Rt 41. Traveling from the south, either take Rt 22 in NY to Rt 343 in Connecticut or take Rt 7 to Rt 4 in Conn. From the northwest, take Rt 22, enter Millerton, NY and take a right at the second stoplight, to Rt 361/Sharon Road. Follow Rt 361 until you reach Rt 41. Coming from the north east & Mass., take Rt 41 GOOGLE MAP
55–Mount Washington, MA
THE VIEW FROM “THE DOME”–HIKE AT MOUNT EVERETT STATE RESERVATION
The Dome, also known as Mount Everett, has figured prominently both in the landscape and history of the southern Berkshires. Notable scientists and luminaries have chronicled their impressions of this place. Follow in their footsteps as we ascend to the top of The Dome for a sweeping view of the Housatonic River Valley and into New York State.
Join Alec Gillman, of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, for a rigorous hike up the Appalachian Trail to the summit of Mount Everett (a 500 foot elevation gain over 0.7 mile). Along the way we will dip into the past, recounting some of these colorful stories, and allow for the opportunity to create your own impressions of The Dome. Wear comfortable, sturdy boots/shoes, hiking poles, appropriate clothing for weather, insect repellent, plenty of drink/snack. 2 hours–1.4 miles round-trip
GPS 42.106535,-73.4365745 – Mount Everett State Reservation – approximately 123 East Street, Mount Washington, MA, is 7.5 miles from the intersection of MA Routes 23 and 41 in South Egremont; or 5.4 miles from NY Route 22 in Copake, NY, via NY route 344. Look for the State Reservation sign. Then follow the dirt Mount Everett Road for 2 miles uphill, past Guilder Pond, to the Appalachian Trail parking lot.
EXPLORING THE BECKET LAND TRUST’S HISTORIC QUARRY & FOREST
Enjoy a leisurely hike to explore the historic quarry with Becket Land Trust founders, Ken and Ann Smith. Learn about granite quarrying from 1850-1950’s. Witness the quarry, now filled with water, surrounded by stands of beautiful white birch trees and the standing wooden derrick and winches. Hear how the Trust saved this property for recreation and developed miles of hiking trails. 2 hours–2 to 3 miles
From junction of Rts 20 & 102 in Lee, take Rt 20 east and drive about 14 miles, to the junction where Rt 8 turns left off Rt 20–here, you will turn right on Bonny Rigg Hill Rd. Drive about 2 miles and turn left on Quarry Rd. and drive for 1 mile, parking is on the right. GPS 42.251165, -73.020148 GOOGLE MAP
HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR OF STOCKBRIDGE, MA
Join Bess Dillman, owner/operator of Berkshire Hiker, for a history tour of Stockbridge–from the first residents, to the missionary settlement, to Elizabeth Freeman, to writer Catherine Sedgwick, to Norman Rockwell and more. Stockbridge has a colorful history! We will walk along the streets and into the cemetery. 2 hours–1.5 miles
GPS 42.28830, -73.31949 – Meeting place will be shared when you register.
59–Gt. Barrington, MA
THE BARD OF BERKSHIRE: WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT IN GREAT BARRINGTON
Join Bernard Drew, a Great Barrington Historical Commission archivist, as we visit downtown sites associated with lawyer, poet and newspaper editor of the New York Evening Post, William Cullen Bryant. From 1816 to 1825, Bryant practiced law in Great Barrington, and supplemented his income with such work as service as town clerk and Congregational Church tithingman. Discomfort with aspects of the court system drove him to pursue a literary career in Manhattan. 1.5 hours–0.5 mile
Walk will begin in front of Berkshire Bank, 244 Main Street, Great Barrington, near the small kiosk in front of the Masonic Lodge. Lots of on-street parking available.
60–Gt. Barrington, MA
ENCOUNTERING W.E.B. DU BOIS – NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK TOUR
W.E.B. Du Bois, the great African-American author and civil rights leader, was born and raised in Great Barrington and returned frequently. Join David Glassberg, from the Univ. of Massachusetts, for an interpretive tour on a level woods trail, leading to the foundation of Du Bois’ boyhood home–the first destination in the U.S. to tell the story of his life and legacy. 1 hour-<0.5 mile. Recommend insect repellent. website – www.duboisnhs.org
GPS 42.177022, -73.394301 Meet at the DuBois Homesite (at 612 So. Egremont Rd), located 2 miles south of Gt. Barrington center. At junction where Rt 7 & Rt 23 split off, take Rt 23 and drive west for ~ 1 mile. GOOGLE MAP
IDENTIFYING FALL ASTERACEAE AT MASS AUDUBON’S CANOE MEADOWS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Join Eric Doucette, from MCLA, as he will teach you how to identify species in common fall-flowering genera of the Aster family, including genera often perceived as “difficult” such as goldenrods and American-asters. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, owned by Mass Audubon, brings wilderness to Berkshire County’s largest city. Flat trails wind through the sanctuary’s scenic woods, fields, and wetlands, and along the edge of the Housatonic River. Sixty acres of open fields provides critical breeding habitat for grassland birds. 2 hours–1 mile
GPS 42.43052, -73.23748 – From Rte 7/20 in Lenox, 0.5 mile south of Guidos, take Holmes Road at traffic light (by Family Footwear), and proceed 2.7 miles to sanctuary entrance on the right.
NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM’S LINWOOD GROUNDS WALK
Enjoy this guided walk on the Museum’s bucolic 36-acre site and learn about the historic buildings on its property, including Linwood, an 1859 Berkshire Cottage, and Norman Rockwell’s own Stockbridge Studio. We’ll also explore the sculptural installations of Peter Rockwell, a noted stone carver and historian, and the artist’s youngest son. NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior. An inside tour, for a fee, can be arranged before or after the free Walk. 1 hour–0.25 mile
To register–email@example.com or 413-298-2033
Meet at the front entrance terrace of the Norman Rockwell Museum, located on Route 183, 1/2 mile south of Routes 183 & 102 junction.
HIKE THE SALISBURY ASSOC. LAND TRUST’S POPE PRESERVE
Join John Landon, from the Salisbury Association Land Trust, on an exploration of their newest 79-acre preserve located on Wetawanchu Mountain, next to the Appalachian Trail and the Salisbury ski jump. The Land Trust preserves more than 3,000 acres of important forest, agricultural, ecological and scenic resources. These conservation efforts have preserved cherished vistas, pristine water, agricultural fields, and important wildlife habitat, while making large areas available for public enjoyment. The walk is an easy uphill climb. 1.5 hours–1.5 miles
Meet at the Appalachian Trail entrance on Rte 44 next to Lions Head Condominiums.
65–So. Egremont, MA
EXPLORE THE 1744 HISTORIC GROUNDS AND FARM OF APRIL HILL
Join Will Conklin, the Greenagers director, for an easy walking tour of the 1744 historic house and the 100-acre property of April Hill Conservation and Education Center (the former Kellogg Conservation Center). 1.5 hours–< 1 mile To register–firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-644-9090
GPS 42.154564, -73.420702 – Meet at 62 Undermountain Rd., (Rt 41) So. Egremont, MA. From the north: while driving on Rt 23 through the the center of So. Egremont, MA, at the junction of Rt 23 & 41, turn onto Rt 41 and drive 1 mile. From the south: from Salisbury, CT, drive 12 miles on Rt 41.
A WALK IN THE WOODS AT CANOE MEADOWS WILDLIFE PRESERVE
This wildlife sanctuary, owned by Mass Audubon, brings wilderness to Berkshire County’s largest city. Join Deena Gilbert for a walk on flat trails that wind through the sanctuary’s scenic woods, fields, and wetlands, and along the edge of the Housatonic River. Sixty acres of open fields provides critical breeding habitat for grassland birds. No dogs, please. 2 hours–3 miles
From Rte 7/20 in Lenox, 0.5 mile south of Guidos, take Holmes Road at traffic light (by Family Footwear), and proceed 2.7 miles to sanctuary entrance on the right.
EXPLORE POND MOUNTAIN TRUST NATURE PRESERVE
Join the Pond Mountain Trust on a guided hike exploring the land and trail network of the nature preserve. Established in 1966, the preserve incorporates nearly 800 acres, highlighted by Fuller Pond, a spring-fed glacial lake, and Pond Mountain, with views of the Catskill Mountains. 1.5 hours–2 miles Rain date will be Oct 4.
To register–email@example.com OR 203-470-0393
GPS 41.7601, -73.4830 – From the village of Kent, take RT 341 West, take a right onto Macedonia Brook Road, and then a right onto Fuller Mt Rd. Parking area will be on the right at top of hill. Use 99 Fuller Mt Rd, Kent, CT for GPS. GOOGLE MAP
REGAINING A SENSE OF PLACE: A MINDFUL EXCURSION AT MT. GREYLOCK
We intuitively recognize how good it feels to be outside on a beautiful day. Fresh air, soothing aromas, tumbling streams, and chattering birdsong have a resounding effect on us. A practice of forest bathing has been shown to provide profound and lasting benefits. Join this slow, easy walk incorporating mindful exercises. Learn ways to revisit this calming experience, even when you cannot get outside. Join Nancy Condon, certified Mindful Outdoor Guide, to connect more fully with the benefits of nature. Be prepared to sit on the ground. Limited participates 1 hour–<0.5 mile To register–firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-297-0778
Meet at Mt. Greylock State Reservation Visitor Center,30 Rockwell Rd, Lanesborough, MA
HIKE AT THE BENTON HILL PRESERVE
Join the Sharon Land Trust for a moderate hike on this 72-acre parcel which is part of the larger Benton Hill Fen which is home to many rare and protected plant and animal species. It is one of the first vistas that motorists see as they enter Sharon from NY on Amenia Road/Rte 343. This parcel’s acquisition is the first step in what we hope to be a large block of conserved property adjacent to Rte 343. 2 hours–2 miles
To register–email@example.com or 860-364-5137
Benton Hill Road is approximately 2 miles south of the clock tower in Sharon, off Amenia Union Road/ Rte 41. Make a right on Benton Hill Road, and drive 0.4 mile to parking.
A WALK THROUGH HISTORY ON THE BIDWELL HOUSE GROUNDS AND BNRC’s HUDSON HOWARD PRESERVE
Join Rob Hoogs, from the Bidwell House Museum, as he leads us on a historical hike along two old colonial roads. We’ll investigate cellar holes, a charcoal hearth, and beautiful old stone walls, ending on a hillside overlooking Stedman Pond, with filtered views into the Tyringham Valley. NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior. An inside tour, for a fee, can be arranged after the free Heritage Walk. 3 hours–3 miles
To register–firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-528-6888.
From Monterey center–take Tyringham Rd. for 1.5 miles,and take a left onto Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to the end; OR From the traffic light at Big Y in Lee–take Tyringham Rd and drive 5.5 miles, take a right onto Monterey Rd and drive for 2.3 miles, then take a right on Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to the end. GPS 42.208681, -73.218325 GOOGLE MAP
THE SHARON GREEN: MAKING COMMUNITIES
Join the Sharon Historical Society staff on a stroll around and beyond the Sharon Green, which is a public space surrounded by buildings which have served as meeting houses and churches, some of which date from the 18th century. We’ll walk to view four historic churches, and we’ll reference photos from the Sharon Historical Society’s Kelsey and Marckres Photography Collections to learn about the people who created and adapted the architecture to changing community needs and interests. 1 hour–1.5 miles To register–email@example.com or 860-364-5688
GPS 41.87976, -73.47678 – The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is located at 18 Main St./Rt 41. Traveling from the south, either take Rt 22 in NY to Rt 343 in Connecticut or take Rt 7 to Rt 4 in Conn. From the northwest, take Rt 22, enter Millerton, NY and take a right at the second stoplight, to Rt 361/Sharon Road. Follow Rt 361 until you reach Rt 41. Coming from the north east & Massachusetts, take Rt 41. GOOGLE MAP
THE SECRETS OF MUDDY POND & THE BUILDING OF THE 1st U.S. RAILROAD MOUNTAIN CROSSING
Join David Pierce, from the Chester Railway Station Museum, on a hike around Muddy Pond and its interesting history, on the watershed divide of the Berkshires. This area presented unique challenges to Whistler’s father as he engineered the world’s first mountain railroad up and over the Berkshire plateau! The railway age began in earnest here, bringing the canal era to an end. Level walk, but very rocky ground on the side of railroad tracks. Heavy rain will cancel. 2 hours–3 miles
To register–firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-354-7752
From the junction of Rt 102 & Rt 20 in Lee–Drive 7 miles east on Rt 20 to West Becket, to the junction where Rt 8 splits. Turn left onto Rt 20-east/Rt 8-north. Drive for 5 miles, and at the bottom of a long hill, take a left turn onto Rt 8-north. Drive 10 miles to the Washington Town Hall and take a right turn onto Summit Hill Rd. and drive to the narrow bridge over the railroad tracks–park along here. OR FROM DALTON–follow Rt 8 south (approx. 9 miles) and turn left onto Summit Hill Rd. in Washington and drive to the narrow bridge over the railroad tracks-park along here. GPS 42.374905, -73.111290 GOOGLE MAP
A WALK BACK IN HISTORY AT KENNEDY PARK: THE BERKSHIRES GILDED AGE
Enjoy rambling on a moderate hike through historic Kennedy Park with Jan Chague, from the Lenox Historical Society, to discover some of the first inhabitants and imagine going back in time to the Golden Age Era. Lenox has a unique treasure right in the middle of town–with magnificent views of Mount Greylock to the north, and the Catskill Mountains to the west. The late Hotel Aspinwall was built in 1902 on the ledges. This leviathan was touted as “Hotel Beautiful” with many famous people sojourning to its splendor. After the fire of 1931, all that is left are some cellar holes and skeletal remains of what had been a glorious era! 2.5 hours–3 miles To register–email@example.com or 413-637-1818
GPS 42.382866, -73.278640 Meet in the parking lot at the Arcadian Shop on Route 7/20, Lenox, MA (north of Lenox Ctr) GOOGLE MAP
HIKE ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL TO WARNER HILL
Join Monica Aguilar and Deb Weisenstein, from the Berkshire Appalachian Trail Committees, for this hike with gradual elevation increase. As it passes through the Berkshires, the A.T. explores one of southern New England’s last wild and remote landscapes. Warner Hill treats hikers to densely forested trails before giving way to a rocky, open landscape at its peak with sweeping views of the Housatonic Valley, Mount Greylock, and the surrounding Berkshire Mountains. Limited to 12 people. 2 hours–1.5 miles To register–firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-801-8877
Park on Blotz Road at the Appalachian Trail Parking area. From the East, on Rt 8, turn onto Pittsfield Road. From Williams St. or Division Rd., in Pittsfield, at Berkshire Organics, turn onto Kirchner Road (which turns into Blotz Rd) and drive 3.2 miles.
HISTORY WALK ON THE HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE “SHAKER TRAIL”
Hike the Shaker Trail, with Rick Ryer, to the HSV North Family Site and to Mount Sinai, a spiritual “feast ground” for the Shaker community. Hike will include stops at remains of mill sites, of the North Family dwelling site (active from 1821-1867), and the summit of the mountain, where the Shakers held special celebratory services twice a year in the mid-19th century. Moderate to strenuous hike. NOTE: This walk does not include general admission to the Village. For a fee, admission to the Village can be arranged before the free Heritage Walk. 3 hours–2.5 miles. To register– 413-443-0188 x-0 or email@example.com
GPS 42.430911, -73.340498 Meet at the HSV Visitor Center/ticket desk, main entrance, on Rt 20 (34 Lebanon Mt. Road), Pittsfield/Hancock. From the junction of Rt 41 & Rt 20 junction- drive west on Rt 20 for 1/2 mile to the HSV entrance. GOOGLE MAP
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BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR AT TANGLEWOOD
Enjoy a guided tour of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood campus, the Koussevitzky Music Shed, Ozawa Hall, and the just-built Linde Center for Music and Learning. Learn of the historic background of Tanglewood and the BSO. 1 hour– <1/2 mile
GPS 42.349247, -73.310844 From the Rt 102 & Rt 183 flashing light, intersection at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens, drive on Rt 183 north for 4 miles to the Tanglewood Main Gate. OR FROM Rt 41 IN RICHMOND, across from the fire station, drive 4.5 miles east up Lenox Rd., and over then down Richmond Mt. Rd. Tanglewood is at the bottom of the mountain. Turn left and you will shortly see the Main Gate. OR FROM LENOX CENTER, drive a couple of miles on West St./Rt 183 to the Main Gate at Tanglewood