Annual Housatonic Heritage Walks in the Berkshires (MA) and Litchfield County (CT)   –  2017  Schedule – 3 Weekends in September

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This 16th annual event, the 2017 Housatonic Heritage Walks program offers 80+ FREE guided walks to the most interesting historic, cultural and natural sites in Berkshire County, MA, and Litchfield County, CT.

Heritage Walks 2016 Booklet

All types of heritage walks are offered, ranging from tours of historic buildings, cemeteries, and town centers, hikes on the Appalachian Trail, walks through industrial heritage sites and ruins, walks and bike rides on old country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at various performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates. The Walks take place at established heritage and cultural sites, as well as less familiar areas. Also included  is a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, and “family friendly” walks. All ages – all people are invited to join us ! Local experts leading the tours will help participants explore the region’s rich and varied historical, cultural, industrial and environmental history.housatonic river paddling trips a

A great many historically and culturally significant venues will open their doors to the public on these weekends. Natural resource conservation organizations provide access to many of the region’s significant resource areas, and provide interpretive talks about those resources.

Historians, naturalists, and environmentalists will help participants explore:

  • The Housatonic River
  • The history of the villages and towns in the region as expressed in archaeological and industrial sites, architecture, bridges, and monuments,
  • Both prominent and unsung geological, ornithological and horticultural resources, and
  • Splendid autumn foliage vistas.

The Housatonic Heritage Walks are a partnership 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.


1 – Stockbridge, MA     9 AM – 12 PM  Paddling Tour with Housatonic Valley Association - Heritage Walk #1


This paddling tour, led by Dennis Regan & Alison Dixon, from the Housatonic Valley Assoc.,
Registration is REQUIRED– 413-394-9796 or email    website

Meet at the Housatonic River access   GOOGLE MAP 


1 – Washington, MA       7 AM – 10 AM

Join Ed Neumuth, from the Hoffman Bird Club, for a birding walk in this area of October Mt. State Forest which hosts a number of nesting species and migrants. We’ll explore the marsh and discuss the intriguing history of the state forest. Rain Date is Sunday, 9/17. 3 hours–1.5 miles

Meet at Washington Town Park on Rt. 8.   GPS