Annual Housatonic Heritage Walks in the Berkshires (MA) and Litchfield County (CT)   –  2018  Schedule – 4 Weekends in September–THIS SITE IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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This 17th annual event, the 2018 Housatonic Heritage Walks program offers 60+ FREE guided walks to the most interesting historic, cultural and natural sites in Berkshire County, MA, and Litchfield County, CT.

Saturdays & Sundays on three September weekends: Sept. 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23 and 29 & 30

Download a PDF Version of the Heritage Walks!

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.

SCHEDULE OF WALKS: 

SATURDAY, SEPT 8

x – Hinsdale, MA      9 AM –  PM

WALK THE OLD MILL TRAIL ALONG THE EAST BRANCH OF THE HOUSATONIC RIVER

Join a pleasant walk with Dennis Regan, from the Housatonic Valley Assoc., along the Housatonic River on the Old Mill Trail, that follows the remnants of an early mill operation that once powered a thriving woolen mill. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack. 3 hours–3 miles     To register–dregan@hvatoday.org or 413-394-9796

Meet at the Old Mill Trail along the Housatonic River at the junction of Old Dalton Rd. and Rt 8 in Hinsdale–3.5 miles from junction of Main St, High St, and Rt 9/8A in Dalton . GPS 42.4480, -73.1305       GOOGLE MAP
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X – Pittsfield, MA               10 AM – 11 AM

TOUR OF THE HISTORIC COLONIAL THEATRE

Bill Munn will take you on a journey through the history of the gilded age Colonial Theatre, as he shares with you 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 tour

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.   GPS 42.446224, -73.254028   GOOGLE MAP


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x – Lee, MA       1 PM –  PM

THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS (CCC) IN OCTOBER MT. STATE PARK–A “NEW DEAL” IN BUILDING PARKS 

Explore a rustic landscape shaped by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Alec Gillman, from the MA Dept. of Conservation & Recreation, will lead this guided hike on the scenic Gorge Trail uphill to Felton Pond. We will discover forgotten rustic features built by the CCC some 80 years ago and hear stories about Schermerhorn Brook and October Mountain State Forest. The CCC, a “New Deal program” during the 1930s Great Depression, improved public parks and forests nationwide. The program inspired a recreational heritage that we still enjoy today. This is a moderate, uphill hike with a 600 foot elevation gain. Wear boots/sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing for weather, bring snack and drink.   2.5 hours–1.5 miles

Meet at the junction of (286) Woodland Road and Valley St. in Lee, a dirt pull-off. Shuttle van available to trail head.   GPS 42.347414, -73.239887    GOOGLE MAP


x – Richmond, MA           1 AM – 1 PM

HIKE TO WITNESS THE UNIQUE GEOLOGIC FEATURE KNOWN AS “THE RICHMOND BOULDER TRAIN”

Join Bill Edwards, from the Richmond Historical Society, for a hike to see and learn about The Richmond Boulder Train–a unique, famous geologic feature that was identified by Dr. Stephen Reed. In 1842, he identified a line of large, erratic boulders stretching through the Richmond landscape, recognizing that they did not fit in with their surrounding geology, and theorizing that the movement of these large boulders could only have occurred by some great force and that the boulders extended from the source point just over the border in NY state. Presenting his findings at a national conference, he triggered a trans-Atlantic debate on the boulders origin. Reed proposed glacial transport while other geologists argued icebergs and tsunamis. In the 1870’s, Reed’s findings led to the acceptance of his “theory of continental glaciation”. He and the Richmond countryside were instrumental toward understanding the process of continental glaciation. Wear sturdy footwear and insect repellent.   1 mile–1.5 hours   To register– wedwards44@hotmail.com or 413-698-3458

Meet at BNRC’s Hollow Fields property, located off Rt 41 in Richmond–1 mile north of the junction of Rts 295 & 41. From Pittsfield, take Rt 20 to the junction of Rt 41 (at the Hancock Shaker Village). Drive south on Rt 41 for 2.4 miles to Perry’s Peak Rd/Greenmeads Farm sign on the right and drive up Perry’s Peak Rd for 0.3 miles to Hollow Fields parking on the left. OR, from West Stockbridge, drive north on Rt 41 for 5.8 miles to Perry’s Peak Rd /Greenmeads Farm sign on the left and drive up Perry’s Peak Rd for 0.3 miles to Hollow Fields parking on the left.   GPS 42.4068, -73.3654   GOOGLE MAP

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SHARON ART WALK

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x – Becket, MA     1 AM – 1 PM

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. Wear sturdy footwear & bring drink/snack.   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

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SUNDAY, SEPT 9


x – Sheffield, MA                 9: AM – 1 PM

EXPLORE THE SCHENOB BROOK WETLANDS AT THE NATURE CONSERVANCY’S DRURY PRESERVE

Explore this preserve with Rene Wendell, from The Nature Conservancy. Hike through rare, forested wetlands, fields, unique cobbles, and to a pond on Schenob Brook. Great wildlife viewing and a spectacular view of the Berkshire-Taconic mountains. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack.  3 miles–2.5 hours.   To register – rene.wendell@TNC.ORG or call 413-229-0232

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.   GPS 42.081399, -73.378350   GOOGLE MAP

 


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x – Becket, MA           1 AM –  PM

HIKE TO THE KEYSTONE ARCHES RAILROAD BRIDGES–A MOST MAGNIFICENT ENGINEERING FEAT BUILT IN THE 1840’s!

Join David Pierce, from the Friends of the Keystone Arches, for a hike to the keystone arch railway bridges. (On the drive to the start of hike, experience the historic, unspoiled, naturally beautiful drive over Jacob’s Ladder Trail Scenic Byway. Built in 1800, this road was the first mountain road crossing built for automobiles through the rugged countryside, eventually helping open “the West” for settlement.) The hike is on moderate terrain to see the awe-inspiring historic keystone arch railroad bridges–the first ever built in America, in 1840. They are impressive, breath-taking structures! 70 feet high, brilliantly revealing their ancestry in the great cathedrals of ancient Rome. Wear sturdy footwear. Bring drink/lunch.   3.5 hours– 5 miles.   To register–dpiercedlp@aol.com 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


 

x – Gt. Barrington, MA              1 AM –  AM

AN 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

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X – Salisbury, CT                     1 AM – 1 PM

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 Amesville Iron Workssame 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


X – Gt.Barrington/Sheffield, MA            1 PM – 3 PM

A GENTLE WALK ON THE SHAYS REBELLION SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Join Appalachian Mountain Club leader, Bess Dillman, for a walk starting at the monument commemorating the last battle of Shay’s Rebellion in 1787, then walk through fields, hardwood forests, and across a swampy area on a boardwalk, to the railroad tracks and Rt 7. The trail is uneven with roots and rocks; however, this section is one of the flattest sections on the AT and is a lovely walk through a variety of habitats. Wear sturdy footwear.  4 miles–2.5 hours

From Rt 7 in Sheffield–Driving south on Rt 7, drive 2.2 miles from the Big Y store in Gt. Barrington and take a right onto Lime Kiln Road and drive 1 mile and turn right–you will immediately see the monument on the right and AT parking area on the left. From Rt 23/41 in Egremont–take Sheffield Road and drive for 1.7 miles to the AT parking area on the right and the Shay’s Rebellion marker on the left.   GPS 42.146643, -73.386013    GOOGLE MAP

X – Lenox, MA             3 PM – 4: PM

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. www.EdithWharton.org    GPS 42.335589, -73.282937   GOOGLE MAP

 

SATURDAY, SEPT 15

 

X – Sheffield, MA         1 AM – 3 PM

HOUSATONIC RIVER PADDLING TRIP

Paddle a stretch of the Housatonic River through Sheffield, with Dennis Regan and Alison Dixon, from the Housatonic Valley Association. Learn about the history of the area as we meander our way through quickwater and riffles and then paddle flatwater until we reach the Covered Bridge. All equipment provided, or use your own canoe/kayak–just let us know. Pre-trip vehicle shuttling possible. For safety concerns, space is limited. Bring lunch/drink, sunscreen, jacket & hat. Wear lightweight pants – NOT denim.  Full info. will be sent upon REQUIRED pre-registration.  5 hours–6.5 miles   Registration is REQUIRED– 413-394-9796 or email adixon@hvatoday.org

Directions to the start of paddling trip will be given at the time of pre-registration.

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X – Cornwall, CT      1 AM – 1 AM

WALK THE CORNWALL RIVERSIDE TRAIL

Walk with Johan Winsser, from the Cornwall Conservation Trust, on a quiet, level, shady trail through varying woodlands, along the Housatonic River, and with old stone works at the end. The old river road used to connect the villages of West Cornwall and Cornwall Bridge, until the railroad was built in 1842 and it fell into diminished use.    1.5 hours—2.8 miles.

From Rt 7 in West Cornwall, drive through the West Cornwall covered bridge, and take the first right onto Lower River Road and drive to the Trinity Retreat Center parking area. DRIVE TO THE VERY END.    UPDATE—-GPS 41.866844, -73.366267    GOOGLE MAP

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 X – Monterey, MA     1 AM – 1 PM

NATURE IN AUTUMN AT THE BIDWELL HOUSE

Join the Bidwell House Museum and Tom Tyning (a professor of environmental science at Berkshire Community College), who will take you on a walking tour to explore the flora and fauna of the Berkshire upland forest. Wear sturdy footwear, and bring snack/drink. 2.5 hours–2 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–bidwellhouse@gmail.com 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

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X  – Lenox & Pittsfield, MA      1 AM – 1 PM

FROM IRON ORE TO ORIOLES: ECOLOGY AND INDUSTRY IN THE BERKSHIRES

Join Mass Audubon’s Gayle Tardif-Raser on an exploration of the fascinating ecological history of the Berkshires landscape–a story of massive change and recovery. By van, we will visit several sites that reveal elements of the story of how the Berkshires landscape was shaped through human activity (the 18th/19th century charcoal, lime, glass & iron industries) and how the rise and fall of local industry has impacted native forests and wildlife. We will visit sites at Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, Lenox, and to the Berkshire County Historical Society’s Arrowhead Museum to view artifacts from the glass and iron ore industries. NOTE: This program is appropriate for participants with mobility challenges and involves only short walks at each site–Please request needed accommodations upon pre-registration. NOTE–Does not include a tour of Arrowhead Museum. 3 hours

Pre-registration is required–email gtraser@massaudubon.org or call 413-637-0320

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.   GPS 42.382612, -73.298812   GOOGLE MAP

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x – West Stockbridge, MA       1 AM – 1 AM

 NEIGHBORHOODS OF WEST STOCKBRIDGE

Join Barbara Dowling & Robert Salerno as they investigate 1-1/2 hours, 0.5 mile.   To register–wshistorybd@gmail.com or 413-232-5055

Walk will begin at the West Stockbridge public parking lot on Moscow Rd., across from the Post Office. Take Rt 102 to West Stockbridge. If arriving from the south, turn left on Center St. – parking area is one block further, on the left. If arriving from the west/north, turn right on Depot Street (just before the bridge) – parking area is one block further. UPDATE—GPS 42.333607, -73.368700   GOOGLE MAP

X – Williamstown,  MA     11 AM – 11 PM

NATURE WALKS WITH BERKSHIRE BIOBLITZ

Join the Berkshire Bioblitz team, Berkshire Natural Resources Council staff and experts in the natural sciences at BNRC’s xxxxxxxxx. The Bioblitz is an opportunity for the general public to engage with biologists, naturalists and environmentalists to survey as many species as possible in a given area within a 24-hour period. You will see first-hand the importance of a healthy, active ecosystem in your own community. Berkshire Bioblitz offers a variety of family-friendly, interactive, nature-oriented nature walks and talks taking place throughout the day. Examples of some programs are mammal tracking workshops, invasive species identification exhibit, a “Firefly Count” and a “Moth-Light” demonstration.

SUNDAY, SEPT 16

X – Cornwall, CT            9 AM – 1 PM

LEARN ABOUT THE OLD GROWTH WHITE PINE TREES IN NORTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT

Join Ron Hummell for a visit to three forest preserves to learn about the natural history of white pine trees and enjoy the forests and wildlife along the way. Start at CATHEDRAL PINES–to witness & learn about the extensive damage caused by the 1989 tornado and subsequent regrowth. BALLYHACK–well known for large stand of old growth pines left forever wild. GOLD’s–an old growth pine forest which has been thinned to promote restoration. Easy walking with some hills, good hike for families. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink/snacks.    3 hours–2 miles of walking–4 miles to drive between the three preserves.    To register– gobibear@icloud.com or call 860-672-2325

Meet at Cathedral Pines Preserve. From Rt 4 in Cornwall, take Pine St.and drive to the T-junction, where you will take a left onto Valley Road. Drive 0.3 mile and take the first left onto Essex Hill Rd. and drive 0.2 mile to the parking area on the left.  GPS 41.837151, -73.327499    GOOGLE MAP

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X – Washington, MA      9: AM – 1 PM

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 it’s 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. Wear sturdy footwear with good ankle support & bring snack/drink. Heavy rain will cancel. 3 miles–2.5 hours
To register–dpiercedlp@aol.com 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


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x – Pittsfield, MA      9: AM – 11: AM

URBAN MILL TRAIL OF PITTSFIELD IN THE 1800’s

Join John Dickson, from the Berkshire County Historical Society, for a historic walk through north Pittsfield along the Housatonic River and it’s tributary, Onota Brook. We will pass the buildings and remnants of 7 “major and once thriving” mills to examine the connection between the flowing water and industrial activity in the 1800’s. Take a step back in time to find the buildings that are Pittsfield’s history and hear about their origins and our ancestors who worked in them. Most of the walk will be on sidewalks/paved areas. These were the factories that drove Pittsfield’s economy, and enticed thousands of workers and their families to come to Pittsfield in search of a better life.    2 hours–4 miles

Meet at the Pontoosuc Lake boat ramp on Hancock Road. Take Rt 7 to the southern edge of the lake, and turn onto Hancock Road. Boat Ramp parking lot is on the right just past the dam. GPS 42.484521, -73.247158   GOOGLE MAP


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X – Stockbridge, MA       1 PM – 2: PM

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. 1.5 hours–1.5 miles

Meet at the Stockbridge Town Offices building at 50 Main St., at the ‘Town Offices’ sign on the right side. GPS 42.281649, -73.305837   GOOGLE MAP

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X – Monterey, MA                1: PM – 3: PM

GOULD FARM AND IT’S HERITAGE

Join Lisa Lewis on a hike around the farm, to learn about its founding as one of the first theraputic ‘working communities’ 100+ years ago. Explore the land as we pass old charcoal pits, stone walls and foundations. Learn about our “model forest” status. Join us for tea in the main house afterwards. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack.   2 hours–2 miles

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.   GPS 42.174770, -73.241113   GOOGLE MAP

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X – Lenox, MA          1 PM – 4 PM

A WALK BACK IN TIME TO THE BERKSHIRES GILDED AGE HISTORY AT KENNEDY PARK 

Enjoy a moderate hike with Jan Chague, from the Lenox Historical Society, at historic Kennedy Park, a Lenox treasure. On a clear day, there are wonderful views of New York, Connecticut and Mount Greylock. The park is the site of the remnants of the magnificent, former Aspinwall Hotel, touted as “Hotel Beautiful.” Built in 1902, this five-story leviathan burned down in 1931. Wear sturdy footwear & bring snack/drink.   3 hours – 5 miles    To register – j4chague@gmail.com or 413-637-1818

Meet at Kennedy Park parking area on West Dugway Rd.–just a short distance north of the Arcadian Shop on Rt 7/20. West Dugway Rd. is also the road to Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Sanctuary.   ??  MEET AT ARCADIAN GPS 42.382866, -73.278640   GOOGLE MAP


X – Falls Village, CT                   1 PM – 2: PM

AMERICAN CHESTNUTS: LOST & FOUNDAmerican Chestnut Project Falls Village

Join Ellery Sinclair for a walk into 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. Wear sturdy footwear. 1 hour–1/4 mile    To register– WML61@comcast.net or call X0-824-7454.   Rain cancels this walk.

From Falls Village, and driving on Rt 7–turn onto Undermountain Rd. and drive about 3 miles to the grove. OR driving from Rt 63–turn onto Undermountain Rd. and drive about 1 mile to the grove.   GPS 41.943218, -73.283060   GOOGLE MAP

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X – Gt. Barrington, MA            10 AM –

HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL TO “UNIQUE” ICE GULCH

The Appalachian Trial Conservancy invites you to step out of the hustle and bustle of daily life and into the quiet of wilderness. This section of the AT will allow you to explore forest and views of the “unique” rocky crevice known as Ice Gulch. Take in a panoramic view while we rest and snack at the Tom Leonard Shelter. Join naturalist Sylvia Cassano and Tracy Remelius to learn about the natural diversity, history, and ongoing volunteer maintenance of this iconic national park. Bring lunch and drink. Wear sturdy footwear and poles suggested.  3 hours – 4 miles, with some steep terrain.  To register–

Meet by 10 am at the Appalachian Trail (AT) trailhead parking area. From the traffic light intersection of Rts 7 & 23 in Gt. Barrington, drive 2.2 miles and turn right onto Lake Buel Road and drive 1 mile to the AT parking area on the left. (Note–If you pass Kutshers Sports Academy, you went too far.)   MEET AT AT PARKING—GPS 42.174401, -73.293576   GOOGLE MAP

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X – Becket, MA                1 AM –

DISCOVERING THE FOOTPRINTS OF JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE

Jacob’s Pillow Dance, 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” (Mikhail Baryshnikov). 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   Please pre-register by 9/16, email–jlopez@jacobspillow.org

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.   GPS 42.264087,-73.117888   GOOGLE MAP

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X – Gt. Barrington, MA       1 PM – 2 PM   &   2 PM – 3 PM

ENCOUNTERING W.E.B. DU BOIS–NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 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 Friends of the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site, 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

Meet at the 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.    GPS 42.177022, -73.394301   GOOGLE MAP

 

X – Washington, CT           1 PM – 2 PM

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 hour– < 1 mile      To register– general@iaismuseum.org or call 860-868-0518

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.   GPS 41.610699, -73.325217   GOOGLE MAP

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X – New Marlborough, MA            2: PM – 4 PM

EXPLORE BNRC’s CLAM RIVER PRESERVE’S NEWEST TRAIL

Join Mike Leavitt, from Berkshire Natural Resources Council, to hike the newest section of trail at the Clam River Preserve. Pass old farm ruins, walk through dark Hemlock forests and see beautiful views of the Clam River from high along its banks. Bring drink & snack, and wear sturdy footwear.   1.6 miles–2.5 hours    To register–mleavitt@bnrc.org or 413-499-0596

From Great Barrington, take Rt. 23 towards Monterey. Bear right onto Rt. 57 East towards New Marlborough. Travel through New Marlborough, staying on Rt. 57. Immediately after passing Town Hall Road, take a left onto Hammertown Road. Travel north on Hammertown Road for 0.6 miles, take a right into the pull off across from the white house.   GPS 42.1081, -73.1080    GOOGLE MAP

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X – Monterey, MA             1 AM – 1 PM

TRACING NATIVE AND SETTLER HISTORIES ON THE LANDSCAPE

Join the Bidwell House Museum and Robert Hoogs, who will lead you on an exploration of the Native American presence that pre-dated early settler history – this was not the “howling wilderness” often portrayed. We’ll explore how Mohicans lived here for centuries before and after English settlers. We’ll view some of the 4 miles of trails, stone walls and artifacts built on the Bidwell grounds by farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Wear sturdy footwear bring snack/drink. 2-3 hours–2.5 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–bidwellhouse@gmail.com 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

 


X – Lee, MA       1 AM – 1 PM

A WALKING TOUR AT GOLDEN HILL TOWN FOREST

Join naturalist Linda Cysz, from the Lee Land Trust, for a meandering walk through this town forest to get a sense of the natural setting and learn some town history.                        1 hour – 1 mile

From the center of Lee, heading north on Rt 20, after crossing the railroad tracks and then the Housatonic River, continue driving north on Rt 20 for 0.8 mile (pass the Mass State Trooper Barracks) to Golden Hill Road on the right (across from the Retro Pop Shop). Drive uphill for 0.3 mile to a small parking site on the right side, for the Lee Town Forest–The Pinnacle.   GPS 42.322441, -73.255433   GOOGLE MAP

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 X – Lanesborough, MA       1 PM – 2 PM

THE HISTORY AND NATURE OF MT. GREYLOCK’S SUMMIT–A HISTORIC 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, $6 for non-Mass.plates.    1 hour–0.25 mile

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 No. Adams. GPS 42.636875, -73.166921   GOOGLE MAP


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11 – Salisbury, CT          1 PM – 2 PM

WALKING TOUR AT THE SALISBURY LAND TRUST’S SYCAMORE FIELD

Sycamore Field is a beautiful field that borders the Housatonic River and Rt 7. Join Lynn Meehan, from the Salisbury Land Trust, for a 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. 1 mile–1 hour

Meet at the site, located on Rt 7, about 0.5 mile south of the intersection of Rts 7 & 112 (which is just south of Housatonic Valley Regional High School).   GPS 41.926306, -73.359084    GOOGLE MAP

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30 PM

WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC ST. JOSEPH CEMETERY

Take a historic walking tour through St. Joseph’s Cemetery, with Josh Hall, from the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives. Hear about the historic background of the cemetery and about some of the people whose names appear on gravestones.  1 hour–1/2 mile

From the Red Lion Inn (at junction of Rt 102 & Rt 7), drive west on Rt 102 for 1 mile and turn right onto Church St. at the monument (which is still Rt 102), and almost immediately,  enter the cemetery’s stone archway entrance on the left.    GPS 42.286475, -73.319044    GOOGLE MAP

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15 – Hancock, MA           9 AM –

HIKE TO THE REMAINS OF THE HOLY SITES AT HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE

Join , for a hike to the Hancock Shakers’ Holy Sites. We will follow Shaker Brook past their old water system remains, pass by foundation remains and up Shaker Mountain, the Hancock community’s holy site, then back down into the valley and up Holy Mount, which belonged to the New Lebanon Shaker community. Stonewalls and some other artifacts will be visible. After a lunch stop, we’ll head back. Bring lunch & drink and wear sturdy shoes/boots. ( NOTE: Does not include a tour of the museum interior, which, for a fee, can be arranged after the free Heritage Walk.) 4 hours – 6.5 miles.   To register–

Meet at parking lot of Hancock Shaker Village on Rt 20.   GPS 42.430911, -73.340498   GOOGLE MAP

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X – Hinsdale, MA              1 AM – 1 PM

WALKING TOUR THROUGH THE HISTORIC INDUSTRIAL CENTER OF HINSDALE

Join Peter White and learn of the history of the mills and dams on the Housatonic River in Hinsdale and the development of the town center after the railroad came through. We will wander down to the saw mill and grist mill dam that still exists and hear the history about the mills it supplied. Continue along Route 8 to see where the Hinsdale Woolen mill once stood. We will return up Plunkett Street by the Taylor Homestead, which was built as the Hinsdale Academy, a Williams College prep school, then on to the 1795 Congregational Church. We’ll then walk by the Hinsdale Public Library, built in 1866 in

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27 – Stockbridge, MA                   2 PM – 4 PM

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THOREAU, MELVILLE AND HAWTHORNE

Hike with Richard Seltzer and Moose Foran, from the Stockbridge Bowl Association, on wooded trails and through the meadows of Bullard Woods, Gould Meadow and the gardens of the historic Shadowbrook Estate along paths once walked by mutual friends Hawthorne, Melville and Thoreau. Walk along the shore of Stockbridge Bowl and Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.   2 hours–2.5 miles

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.   GPS 42.344366, -73.306463   GOOGLE MAP

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Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge– Start at 9 Glendale Road/Route 183, just 1 mile south of the junction of Rts 102 &

 

31 – Stockbridge, MA              10 AM – 11 AM

WITNESS THE ‘RECORD-HOLDING’ HUGE, OLD TREES OF BULLARD WOODS

Join Richard Seltzer, from the Stockbridge Bowl Assoc., for a tour of Bullard Woods. Walk in the footsteps of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau at the edge of the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood, through 50 acres of primary growth woodland bordering beautiful Stockbridge Bowl.   1 hour–1 mile

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.    GPS 42.344366, -73.306463   GOOGLE MAP

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x – Monterey, MA          1 AM – 1 PM

NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior, which for a fee, can be arranged after the free Heritage Walk.   To register–bidwellhouse@gmail.com 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 42.208887, -73.218303   GOOGLE MAP

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35 – New Marlborough, MA            10 AM – 1 PM

HIKE TO THE SOURCE OF THE WHITING RIVER IN COOKSON STATE FOREST

This hike is a great introduction to the water-rich uplands of New Marlborough and their importance to the Housatonic River basin. Venture into the Cookson State Forest and around the circumference of East Indies Pond and Wolf Swamp. Join David Hosford, from the New Marlborough Land Trust, on this exploration along deserted roads and logging trails of some wonderful territory, seeking out the source of the Whiting River. NOTE: This hike is intended for more experienced hikers. Wear sturdy footwear, bring food/drink.   6 miles–3 hours

From the traffic light junction of Rtes 7/23 in GB (at the Sunoco station), take Rt 23/183 heading east for 6.5 miles to New Marlborough village. Or if coming from Monterey village and heading west on Rt 23, split off of Rts 23/57–turn left onto Rt 57 and drive 5.5 miles to the center of New Marlborough. At the center across from the white meetinghouse, turn right onto New Marlborough/Southfield Road and drive 1.3 miles to a stop sign. Turn left onto Norfolk Road, cross the bridge, and you will shortly arrive at the Southfield Store. Turn left here, on East Hill Road, and drive for 1.7 miles (turns into a narrow dirt road along the way) and take a right onto Hotchkiss Road and drive for 0.9 mile to the trailhead on the left (where the road bends to the right).   GPS 42.077005, -73.205711   GOOGLE MAP

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41 – Egremont, MA              1 PM – 3 PM

A HIKE AT HISTORIC JUG END–“FROM RESORT TO REFUGE”

Jug End Barn, perhaps the most famous and vibrant of the Berkshire recreational resorts from 1935-83, today is a state park and wildlife refuge. The distinctive barn and features now gone, only scant traces remain, but memories of its heyday still resonate. Join Nancy-Fay Hecker, daughter of Angus and Mimi MacDonald, long-time Jug End managers, and DCR State Park staff, Alec Gillman, for a leisurely tour of the former resort’s significant sites, the Heritage House, the ski lodge and pro shop, the Guilder House, and its transformation back to nature. Be prepared for tall grass and vegetation. Wear sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing for weather, long pants, bring pest repellent, a snack & drink, and most important, bring your memories of Jug End!   2 hours–1 mile

Meet at Jug End State Reservation & Wildlife Mgmt. Area – approximately 116 Jug End Road, Egremont, MA. Take MA Rte. 23 to Egremont village, then take Rt 41 south by Mill Pond, then take immediate right onto Mt. Washington Road. Follow Mt. Washington Road for 1.7 miles, turn left onto Jug End Road. Follow Jug End Road for 0.5 mile and turn right into the parking lot.   GPS 42.148385, -73.450135    GOOGLE MAP

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50 – Ashley Falls, MA          10 AM – 11:30 AM

LEARN OF THE GEOLOGIC HISTORY OF THE BERKSHIRE HILLS

Join us at Bartholomew’s Cobble for a lovely walk with a geologist from The Trustees of Reservations. Hear about how our beloved hills were formed 420 million years ago. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the rocks that they see everyday.   2 miles – 1.5 hours

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 Bartholomew’s Cobble visitor’s center is located on the left.   GPS 42.057540, -73.350943   GOOGLE MAP

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54 – Stockbridge, MA          1 PM – 2 PM

CHESTERWOOD: AN ARTIST’S LANDSCAPE

Explore the landscape of the home, studio and gardens of famous public sculptor, Daniel Chester French, who designed and sculpted the gardens and walkways after European estates. Learn about the mechanics that went into building a “Berkshire cottage” on this tour with Gerard Blache. NOTE: Does not include an interior tour.   1 hour–1.5 miles.  To register–gblache@savingplaces.org or XX8-3579 x2021

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. GPS 42.284896, -73.352277   GOOGLE MAP

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To register–berkshires@massaudubon.org or call 413-637-0320

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. GPS 42.382612, -73.298812   GOOGLE MAP

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