2018 Annual Housatonic Heritage Walks in Berkshire County (MA) and Litchfield County (CT)   –   4 Weekends in September

1-Diane Cote

This 17th annual event, the 2018 Housatonic Heritage Walks program offers 63 FREE guided walks to the most interesting historic, cultural and natural sites in Berkshire County, MA, and Litchfield County, CT.

Saturdays & Sundays on four September weekends: Sept. 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23 and 29 & 3

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

1 – Hinsdale, MA      9 AM –  12 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


2 – 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


3 – Monterey, MA        10 AM – 12 PM

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, and explore flora and fauna along the way. Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots. Terrain is steep and rocky in a few places. Bring water/snack. 2.5 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–bidwellhouse@gmail.com 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


4 – Pittsfield/Hancock, MA     1 PM – 3 PM

HISTORY WALK ON THE HANCOCK SHAKER TRAIL

Hike the Shaker Trail from Hancock Shaker Village, to the Hancock 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 or after the free Heritage Walk. Wear sturdy footwear & bring drink/snacks. 2 hours – 2.5 miles.  To register– 413-443-0188 x-0 or info@hancockshakervillage.org

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


5 – Lee, MA       1 PM –  3:30 PM

HIKE & EXPLORE THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS (CCC) IN OCTOBER MT. STATE FOREST: 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 sturdy footwear, bring snack and drink.   2.5 hours–1.5 miles

From the sharp corner on Rt 7, at Mobil station and railroad tracks, in Lee, take Center St. east and shortly bear left on Columbia St. and continue until the junction of Bradley St. and Greylock St. Take left onto Bradley St. and soon cross Mill St. Stay on Bradley St. which soon changes name to Woodland Road and continue until reaching the junction of 286 Woodland Road and Valley St., next to Woods Pond. Meet here, where a shuttle van is available to the trail head.   GPS 42.347414, -73.239887    GOOGLE MAP


6 – Richmond, MA           1 AM – 2:30 PM

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

Join Bill Edwards, from the Richmond Historical Society, for a walk 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 “theory of continental glaciation” was finally accepted by the scientific community.   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


7 – Sharon, CT       4 PM – 7 PM

THE SHARON ART WALK

The second annual Sharon Art Walk gives the public a chance to see a broad range of art work at several locations in the heart of Sharon, CT. Stroll around the Sharon Town Green area and stop in to see paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other art works on display. Each of the participating galleries, institutions and artists’ studios will be open and will host a reception with light refreshments for artists and visitors. To pick up a list of locations, go to the Sharon Historical Society & Museum or Sharon Town Hall. The walk is concentrated in a two mile radius, and participating galleries will have signs at their entrances.

GPS 41.8797621, -73.4767891   The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is located at 18 Main St. (Rt. 41), Sharon CT 06069. Traveling from the south, either take Rt. 22 in New York to Rt. 343 in Connecticut or take Rt. 7 to Rt. 4 in Connecticut. 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   


SUNDAY, SEPT 9

8 – Sheffield, MA        9 AM – 12 PM

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. Farmer Dominic Palumbo will give a tour of his farm and offer samples of some great farm meats, heirloom vegetables, and other produce; and the farm store will be open for purchases. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack. It will be the height of fall bird migration, so bring your binoculars. 3 hours–3 miles     To register–rwendell@TNC.org or call 413-229-0232

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.

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9 – Stockbridge, MA          10 AM – 10:45 AM

A GUIDED TOUR OF THE MISSION HOUSE

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. Now located on Main Street in Stockbridge, this National Historic Landmark, the story of the Mission House 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


10 – Gt. Barrington, MA              10 AM –  11 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


11  – Becket, MA     10 AM – 12 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

 


12 – Chester/Becket, MA           10 AM –  1:30 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


13 – Stockbridge, MA        10:15 AM – 12:15 PM

STOCKBRIDGE COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE

Join Marie Raftery & Buck Smith, from the Stockbridge Bike Group for a supported loop bike ride from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. Ride along scenic roads, leading to Lenox, and return to the Museum. This is a ride for intermediate riders on public roads. Helmets are required. 2 hours–20 miles      To register–kraftery@roadrunner.com or 413-298-4910

  • GPS 42.288221, -73.336027   Parking is at the overflow lot at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Rte. 183 in Stockbridge. Bathrooms are available in the museum, although riders must not wear bike shoes into the building. From downtown Stockbridge, follow Rte 102 west to the intersection with Rte. 183 at the Berkshire Botanical Center. Turn left onto Rte. 183 toward Housatonic/Gt.Barrinton. Travel 1 mile to the entrance of the Norman Rockwell Museum on the left.      GOOGLE MAP

14 – Sheffield, MA         11 AM – 12:30 PM

TOUR THE PINE ISLAND DAIRY FARM & THEIR ANAEROBIC METHAN DIGESTER (CONVERTS COW WASTE INTO CLEAN ELECTRICITY & HEAT)

Join us for a guided tour the farm to see the 1,600 head holstein cattle operation and learn how the cow waste is turned into clean heat, electricity and other by-products. 1.5 hours

GPS 42.0686589, -73.3187414 Driving north from CT on Rt 7, drive 1 mile north of the CT/MA border and take right turn onto Hewins St. OR Driving south on Rt 7, drive 3.9 miles from the center of Sheffield, and take left turn onto Hewins St. Drive 0.5 miles to 1474 Hewins St. on the left and drive down the long driveway to the farm.  GOOGLE MAP


15 – Salisbury, CT                  11  AM –  12 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


16 – Sheffield, MA         1  PM –  3:30 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


17 – Lenox, MA             3 PM – 4:30 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

18 – Sheffield, MA         9 AM – 4 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 farms and forest, with an eye to the sky for migrating raptors as you paddle from Ashley Falls, MA, to Falls Village, CT. There is a short 200-foot portage around an old dam. The paddling is easy, but a long day for some, as there isn’t much current. This trip is suitable for families with children 14+ years. Participants will need to bring lunch/drinks. Canoes, paddles and pfd’s are provided. You can register to bring your own canoe/kayak. HVA will coordinate shuttling of participants’ cars to ensure everyone gets back to their vehicle at the end of the trip.  For safety concerns, space is limited. Bring lunch/drink, sunscreen, jacket & hat. Wear lightweight pants – NOT denim. 6 hours–9 miles

Directions to the start of paddling trip will be given at the time of pre-registration.    413-394-9796 or email adixon@hvatoday.org

 


19 – Cornwall, CT      10 AM – 11:30 AM

WALK THE CORNWALL TRINITY 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 through the Trinity Retreat Center, and park at the little parking lot at the END of the road.     GPS 41.866844, -73.366267    GOOGLE MAP


20 – Monterey, MA     10 AM – 12 PM

NATURE IN AUTUMN AT THE BIDWELL HOUSE

Join the Bidwell House Museum and Tom Tyning, 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


21 – Gt. Barrington, MA      10 AM – 12 PM

GREAT 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

GPS 42.1937862, -73.3638237    Meet at the stone monument in front of the  Gt. Barrington Town Hall, 334 Main St.      GOOGLE MAP


22  – Lenox & Pittsfield, MA      10 AM – 12:30 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

 


 

23 – West Stockbridge, MA       10:30 AM – 12 PM

NEIGHBORHOODS OF WEST STOCKBRIDGE–SOUTH MAIN STREET IN THE 1900’s

Come explore the southern section of West Stockbridge’s Main Street with Bob Salerno and Barbara Dowling from the West Stockbridge Historical Society. The walk will view this area, buildings and local industries with an eye to the late 1800’s when South Main Street was the “posh” area of town, home to many of the prominent citizens and local industrial magnates. Reception to follow at the Old Town Hall. 1.5 hours– 0.5 mile    To register, info@weststockbridgehistory.org or 413-232-5055

Update GPS 42.3341559, -73.3667459   Meet at the Old Town Hall, 9 Main Street, West Stockbridge     GOOGLE MAP


24 – Williamstown, MA

 12 PM/NOON SATURDAY THRU 12 PM/NOON SUNDAY

BERKSHIRE BIOBLITZ AT HOPKINS MEMORIAL FOREST–NATURE WALKS GIVEN BY EXPERTS IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES

Join the Berkshire Bioblitz team and experts in the natural sciences at the Hopkin’s Memorial Forest, owned by Williams College. 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. The Bioblitz offers a variety of family-friendly, interactive, nature-oriented walks and talks taking place throughout the day, such as mammal tracking workshops and invasive species identification exhibit. The Bioblitz event is 24 hours long–come and stay for as long as you like.

GPS 42.72366995, -73.2203624    From the Center of Williamstown, on Rt 7 at the rotary, drive part way around the rotary staying on Route 7 north for 0.3 miles to Bulkley Street which turns left off of Rt 7. Take Bulkley Street 0.75 miles to its junction with Northwest Hill Road. Turn right on Northwest Hill Road for 100 yards to the entrance of the Hopkins Forest.       GOOGLE MAP


 SUNDAY, SEPT 16

25 – Cornwall, CT            9 AM – 12 PM

HEAR ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OLD GROWTH WHITE PINE FORESTS 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. Then to BALLYHACK–well known for large stand of old growth pines left forever wild. And finally to 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 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


26 – Washington, MA      9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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


27 – Windsor/Savoy, MA           9:30 AM – 12 PM

BOREAL SPRUCE-FIR FOREST PLANT, TREE & WILD EDIBLE HIKE

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 Windsor Cultural Council and the Central Berkshire Fund. 2.5 hours–2 miles   Registration required–email aimee@gaiaroots.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

 


28 – Pittsfield, MA      10 AM – 12:30 PM  

URBAN MILL HISTORY 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


29 – Gt. Barrington, MA           10 AM – 11 AM

AN INTERPRETIVE STROLL ON THE HOUSATONIC RIVER WALK – BERKSHIRES’ NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

REFER TO WALK # 10 FOR DETAILS


30 – Stockbridge, MA       1 PM – 2:30 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.  GPS 42.281649, -73.305837   GOOGLE MAP


31 – Monterey, MA                1 PM – 2:30 PM

EXPLORE GOULD FARM AND IT’S HISTORY

In the early 1900’s, life wasn’t easy for William and Agnes Gould and their guests living and working on their new farm in Monterey. Yet, the Goulds never considered leaving their spot in Monterey, because they believed that the aesthetics of their land would always far outweigh the challenges they faced. Turns out they were right! Today—105 years later–Gould Farm is a thriving psychiatric rehabilitation program, thanks to their original vision and perseverance. Join Lisa Lewis for this exploratory walk, and experience what we mean when we say that Gould Farm belongs to the 700-acre landscape it still inhabits today. We will walk on private trails and roads surrounding the farm. Learn about the history and evolution of the country’s first residential treatment program, as you pass by the early cottages tucked away in the woods. Walk the trails that were cut through the forest for the purpose of providing relief and calm for guests who are looking for respite. We will stop and visit with some curious farm animals, pause and reflect at our extraordinary vistas, uncover a few surprises in the woods, and finish with a snack at the historic Main House, the hub of Gould Farm for over 100 years. Wear sturdy footwear, protective clothing, and bug repellant. 1.5 hours–3 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


 SATURDAY, SEPT 22

32 – Stockbridge, MA       10 AM -11 AM

TOUR THE MERWIN HOUSE AND HEAR THE STORY OF IT’S PAST AND PRESENT

Get to know the Merwin House–a guided tour of the house and learn the history of the owners, past and present. 1 hour

GPS 42.2831277, -73.3170488 Meet at 14 Main Street (0.25 mile west from The Red Lion Inn). Parking along the side of the road.    GOOGLE MAP


33 – Warren, CT       10 AM – 11 AM

HISTORY HIDDEN IN THE WOODS: BIRTHPLACE OF THE “FATHER OF AMERICAN REVIVALISM”

Join the Warren Land Trust & Warren Historical Society for a walk along a wooded path to a monument marking the birthplace of Charles Finney – a religious leader and president of Oberlin College, known as the Father of American Revivalism. Learn about Finney and his times, in Warren and beyond. Flat but uneven terrain–wear sturdy footwear. Refreshments provided. 1 hour–1 mile To register, info@warrenlandtrust.org or 917-543-5442

GPS 41.731154029, -73.383956136   From the intersection of Rtes. 45 and 341 in the center of Warren, continue 0.5 miles on Rte 341W. Turn left onto Reed Rd.; continue 0.6 miles. Turn left onto Cunningham Rd.and continue to the end of paved road.  GOOGLE MAP


34 – Hinsdale, MA      10 AM – 11 AM

MIGRATING TO THE HOUSATONIC RIVER–A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON THE HISTORY OF HINSDALE

Enjoy an indoor powerpoint presentation with Peter White, as he shows the history of Hinsdale’s migrating town centers, the mills and dams, the eventual use of the Housatonic River, and the development of the town center after the railroad came through town. 1 hour To register, email–PepaWhite@aol.com

GPS 42.4376711, -73.12283579 Hinsdale Town Hall, 39 South Street Hinsdale, MA    GOOGLE MAP

 


35 – Becket, MA      10 AM – 12 PM  

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-jlopez@jacobspillow.org

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


36 – Monterey, MA      10 AM – 12:30 PM 

RETRACING NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORIES ON THE LANDSCAPE AT THE BIDWELL HOUSE

Retrace the steps of the Native Americans—specifically the local Stockbridge Band of the Mohican Tribe—who lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years. Join Rob Hoogs and the Bidwell House for an exploration of the 16th century Native American landscape on a new interpretive trail highlighting the Native Americans’ use and management of the woodlands; with displays and re-creations of a hunting village, medicinal herbs, the “Three Sisters,” maple sugaring and archaeology. Please dress for the weather, wear hiking boots and bring drink/snack. NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior, which for a fee, can be arranged after the free Heritage Walk. 2.5 hours–3 miles To register, email–bidwellhouse@gmail.com 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


37 – Lee, MA      10 AM – 1 PM 

HISTORY HIKE AT BERKSHIRE NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL’S BASIN POND RESERVE

Join Mariah Auman, from the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at the Basin Pond property, taking visitors through a natural amphitheater of rock-strewn slopes and cascading streams. State-of-the-art trail design and stonework create a trail with gentle grades and an intriguing visitor experience. Also, hear of the unique history of the area. Bring drink/snack and wear sturdy footwear. 3 hours–2.5 miles To register–mauman@bnrc.org or 413-499-0596

GPS 42.2959, -73.1612    From the intersection of Rt 102 & Rt 20 in Lee (at exit 2 of the Mass Pike), drive east on Rt 20 for 4 miles, turn left on Becket Rd (across from LuJohn’s Auction Gallery). Drive uphill 0.3 mile to the BNRC sign/parking area for Basin Pond, on the left or a little further up the road is a bigger parking area.    GOOGLE MAP


38 – Lanesborough, MA     1 PM – 2 PM

BALANCE ROCK AND IT’S PRE-HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE ON HERMAN MELVILLE’S WRITING

Join Peter Bergman, from the Berkshire County Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead Museum, for this walk at Balance Rock State Park. In 1851, Melville and his neighbor Sarah Morewood went to the already famous Balance Rock in Lanesborough to experience the rock’s influence. What emerged was a historic event for him which he used in his next novel. See and experience both the modern and ice-age sense of place, then wander the wondrous woods to your heart’s content. 1 hour–< 1 mile   To register, email–pbergman89@aol.com or 413-442-1793, ext. 14

GPS 42.508451837, -73.2651389    Drive north on Wahconah St., Pittsfield, to the traffic light at Peck’s Road and follow it past the lake until you come to the sign for Balance Rock State Park. Turn left and park in the lot.   GOOGLE MAP


39 – 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

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


40 – Falls Village, CT      1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

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. Wear sturdy footwear. 1 hour–1/4 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


SUNDAY,  SEPT 23

41 – Kent, CT          10 AM – 12 PM

A FUNGUS AMONG US

Dave Paton is just plain giddy about mushrooms and wants to share his enthusiasm with you! Explore Pond Mountain Natural Area, learning the do’s and don’ts of mushrooming, basic identification and stories behind all of the fungus among us. 2 hours–1.5 miles   To register, email–stevepener@pondmountaintrust.org or 203-470-0393

GPS 41.7601, -73.4830    From the center of Kent, take CT-341 West for 1.5 miles and then turn right onto Macedonia Brook Road. Drive for 0.8 mile and take a right onto Fuller Mountain Road (before the entrance to the Macedonia State Park). Drive for 1 mile to the main parking area of Pond Mountain Natural Area on the right.   GOOGLE MAP


42 – Gt. Barrington, MA        10 AM – 11 AM

AN INTERPRETIVE STROLL ON THE HOUSATONIC RIVER WALK – BERKSHIRES’ NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

REFER TO WALK # 10 FOR DETAILS


43 – New Marlborough, MA        10 AM – 12:30 PM

EXPLORE BERKSHIRE NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL’S CLAM RIVER PRESERVE

Join Mariah Auman, from the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, for a hike 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. 1.7 miles–2.5 hours   To register, email mauman@bnrc.org or 413-499-0596

GPS 42.1081, -73.1080   FROM LEE–Take Route 20 East through Lee. After passing under the Mass Pike, turn right on Route 102 and then take an immediate left onto Tyringham Road and drive until you reach Rt 23. Continue straight across Route 23 onto Town Hill Road and continue until it intersects with Route 57 in Sandisfield. Turn left onto 57, heading east. Take the first left (it’s immediate, almost a U-turn) onto Hammertown Road. Travel north on Hammertown Road for 0.6 miles, take a right into the pull off across from the white house. FROM GT. 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.    GOOGLE MAP


44 – Salisbury, CT        11 AM – 12 PM

CANNON AT 20 PACES! THE RISE AND FALL OF THE AMES IRON WORKS

REFER TO WALK # 15 FOR DETAILS


45 – Sheffield, MA      1 PM – 2:30 PM

THE SHEFFIELD GREEN: THEN & NOW

Join Jennifer Owens, from the Sheffield Historical Society on a stroll around the Sheffield Green. Learn the history and stories behind the buildings in the center of the town while looking at photos of them over the years. Many of the buildings date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. The tour will end at the Sheffield Historical Society campus and tour goers will have the chance to see the inside of the 18th century Dan Raymond House, 19th century Parker Hall Law Office and visit the tool exhibit museum in the barn, as well as the current exhibit at the Old Stone Store. Rain Date is Sunday 9/30.   1.5 hours–1.5 miles   To register, email–sheffieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or 413-229-2694

GPS 42.1108376, -73.3535306   Meet at the Sheffield Historical Society Old Stone Store, 137 Main St. (Rt. 7), Sheffield 01257. From points north and south take Rt. 7. The Old Stone Store is next to the Mobil Station. Please park in the town parking lot behind the gas station.     GOOGLE MAP


46 – Lanesborough, MA         1 PM – 2 PM

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, $6 for non-Mass.plates. 1 hour–0.25 mile       To register, pdudek11211@yahoo.com

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 No. Adams.      GOOGLE MAP


47 – Gt. Barrington, MA      1 PM – 3 PM

HOW TO FIND IRON INDUSTRY HISTORY HIDDEN IN THE WOODS

Bernard Drew will take participants on this hike to learn about the region’s 19th century iron industry and the manufacture of charcoal in the woods to provide fuel to the VanDeusenville Ironworks. We will visit a half dozen sites and learn to spot the hearths among the trees. The hike starts from Fountain Pond State Forest, which Patrick Dwyer developed as a park in the early 1900’s in conjunction with the laying of the Berkshire Street Railway line between Housatonic and Great Barrington. The walk will go uphill on Threemile Hill Trail with some bushwhacking on an old charcoal road. Wear sturdy footwear. 2 hrs–1.5 miles

GPS 42.22474848, -73.34126493     Meet at Fountain Pond on Route 7–0.5 mile north of the Plaza Shopping Center, Great Barrington. Park at the state park roadside pullover.   GOOGLE MAP


48 – Sheffield, MA      1 PM – 3:30 PM

A WALK ON THE SHAYS REBELLION SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

REFER TO WALK # 16 FOR DETAILS


49 – Washington, CT      2 PM – 3 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–860-868-0518 or email general@iaismuseum.org

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


SATURDAY,  SEPT 29 

50 – Falls Village, CT       9 AM – 11 AM

SPONTANEOUS FOREST BANTER IN THE WOODS AT GREAT MOUNTAIN FOREST

Enjoy a moderate hike on Jean’s Trail at Great Mountain Forest, led by Jody Bronson and Tom Stansfield. Topics will include past land use, woods lore and spontaneous forest banter. 2 hours – 2 miles, no dogs, rain cancels.

GPS 41.9653075, -73.271171699     Meet at 200 Canaan Mountain Rd, Falls Village. From the intersection of Routes 44 & 7 in Canaan, take Rt 7 south to Undermountain Rd (approx 3 miles). Go left onto Undermountain Rd to Canaan Mountain Rd (approx 3 miles). Look for the Rustling Winds Stable sign. Drive left on Canaan Mountain Rd. to the top (approx 3 miles). The GMF offices are located in an 1850’s farmhouse.  GOOGLE MAP 


51 – Kent, CT        9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

HIKE AT COBBLE BROOK VISTA PRESERVE & KENT MOUNTAIN PRESERVE

Join us on a hike through Cobble Brook Vista Preserve and Kent Mountain Preserve, with Carrie Davis, from the Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust and Mike Benjamin, from the Kent Land Trust. The trails pass through various natural habitats, including meadows, streams, upland forest and a ridgeline. Along the hike you’ll discover charcoal mounds from the iron industry age and scenic views of the Housatonic River Valley. The trail that connects the two land trust properties passes over steep and rocky terrain and would be considered difficult/strenuous. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drinks/lunch. 2 hours–3 miles   To register, carrie@weantinoge.org or 860-927-1927

GPS 41.73491, -73.448645     From Route 7 in Kent, CT, take Studio Hill Road 0.3 miles to Studio Hill Circle for 0.15 miles and park on the side of the road near the Cobble Brook Vista Preserve trailhead.    GOOGLE MAP


52 – Monterey, MA       10 AM – 11:30 AM

FORESTRY WALK ON THE BIDWELL HOUSE GROUNDS

Join Dept. of Conservation & Recreation forester, Tom Ryan, as he introduces you to the different types of woodlands around the Bidwell House Museum and explains the best practices of forest management. Please dress for the weather, wear hiking boots and bring drink/snack. 1.5 hours–2-3 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.

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


53 – New Marlborough, MA      10 AM – 1 PM

EXPLORE 1000 ACRE LAKE & EAST INDIES POND IN COOKSON STATE FOREST

The 1000 Acre Lake and East Indies Pond are two highlights of Cookson State Forest and adjacent Land Trust property. Join the New Marlborough Land Trust on this moderate walk which will take you on a 4-mile circuit, beginning at the boat ramp, crossing a dam, and then traversing the south side of 1000 Acre Lake. We will then visit mysterious East Indies Pond, an isolated natural bowl surrounded by low hills with no road access or human habitation nearby. Early foliage in the area can be impressive. We’ll pass traces of water-powered mills that made cheese boxes and wooden shingles, before coming to a bridge over a stream, with evidence of active beaver engineering. Our path then intersects with Hotchkiss Road and a half-mile quiet walk on a beautiful dirt road bordered by significant wetlands. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drinks/lunch. Rain Date is Sunday, 9/30.    3 hours–4 miles

GPS 42.071127, -73.212152   From the Southfield Store in New Marlborough, follow Norfolk Road south for 2.5 miles. Take first left onto Hotchkiss Road; there is a brown boat ramp sign at the intersection. Drive 0.6 mile to the boat ramp on your right. Parking is available down a short driveway marked by another boat ramp sign.   GOOGLE MAP  


54 – Lee, MA        10 AM – 3 PM

HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL TO BEAUTIFUL UPPER GOOSE POND

Join Nancy & Tom Condon, from “The Naturalists’ Club”, based out of the Springfield Science Museum, for this unique hike on the Appalachian Trail to beautiful Upper Goose Pond–where we will wander its shoreline to look for wildlife. Our journey will start by skirting the edge of Greenwater Pond, crossing over the Mass. Turnpike on the AT footbridge and then ascending a small ridge. We will pass through lovely forests until the view opens up at Upper Goose Pond. We’ll stop to have lunch along the shoreline. Wear sturdy footwear & bring drink/lunch. Moderate difficulty hike. 5 hours–4 miles  To register, e-mail: spiderwoman@russellma.net or phone: 413-297-0778

GPS 42.29051137, -73.15588718   Meet at the Appalachian Trail parking area on Rt 20 in Lee. From the junction of Rt 20/102 in Lee, (at the Mass turnpike exit 2/entrance to the Prime Outlet store)–head east on Rt 20 towards Becket, and drive 4 miles to the A.T. parking area on the right side of Route 20/Jacob’s Ladder Road, Becket.   GOOGLE MAP


55 – Gt. Barrington, MA       12 PM – 1:30 PM

EXPLORE THE RESTORED PFEIFFER ARBORETUM

Discover a special place in Great Barrington on a guided hike with Christine Ward, focusing on tree and shrub identification as well as the native birds and wildlife supported here. In 1997, this 38-acre property was donated to the Great Barrington Land Conservancy by the Pfeiffer family, who had owned and enjoyed the property for many decades. A quiet walking loop traverses a diverse native forest habitat and provides a view of Long Pond (a private reservoir and protected water supply for the village of Housatonic). An easy terrain trail for all ages, with sections of bog bridging, a boardwalk and a viewing platform. Wear sturdy footwear. Munchies will be provided. 1.5 hours–0.7 mile To register, email info@gbland.org

GPS 42.233964, -73.381886   From the stop light at the bridge over the Housatonic River in Great Barrington, head north on Route 41, drive under the overpass and take immediate left turn onto Christian Hill Road. Follow until the junction with Division St., where, at the blinking red light, Christian Hill Road becomes Long Pond Road. Continue 0.6 miles on Long Pond Road from the blinking light. Look for the Pfeiffer Arboretum sign at 229 Long Pond Road on the left.    GOOGLE MAP

 


56 – Gt. Barrington, MA      12 PM – 3 PM

HIKE THROUGH A FOREST OF GIANT GLACIAL-BOULDERS TO PANORAMIC SUMMIT VISTA AT FLAG ROCK

Join Christy Butler (author of two hiking guides, “Rockachusetts” and “Erratic Wandering”) for a moderate hike through this forested tract of land on the western side of Monument Mountain, through a remarkable GIANT boulder field that will WOW! you. With some amazing and colossal rocks from the size of trucks to the size of a house, along with a striking balance rock, some shelter caves, and then to an outstanding panoramic view over Housatonic and Alford. Wear hiking footwear and bring snacks/drink. 3 hours–3.5 miles    To register, chrisjan@berkshirephotos.com

GPS: N42°14’10.6” W73°20’52.2”   Meet at side of road 0.2 mile north of Taft’s Farm/Division Road/Rt 183 junction. Driving on Rt 7, at the junction of Rts 7 & 183 at the north end of Gt. Barrington, drive north on Rt 183 for 0.8 mile.    GOOGLE MAP


SUNDAY,  SEPT 30

57 – Gt. Barrington, MA      10 AM – 11 AM

AN INTERPRETIVE STROLL ON THE HOUSATONIC RIVER WALK – BERKSHIRES’ NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

REFER TO WALK # 10 FOR DETAILS


58 – Becket, MA      10 AM – 12 PM

EXPLORING THE BECKET LAND TRUST’S HISTORIC QUARRY & FOREST

REFER TO WALK # 11 FOR DETAILS


59 – Pittsfield, MA      10 AM – 12 PM

URBAN MILL HISTORY OF PITTSFIELD IN THE 1800’s

REFER TO WALK # 28 FOR DETAILS


60 – Lenox, MA       10 AM – 12 PM

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

Discover some of the mysteries that surround the remains of a bygone era as you explore the area that once touted “Hotel Beautiful” as the Hotel Aspinwall. Visualize the splendor of the Berkshire Cottage Era as you traverse the trails where the wealthy once played. Join Jan Chague from the Lenox Historical Society to uncover some of Kennedy Parks’ secrets. Bring drink/snack. Wear sturdy footwear. Rain will cancel. Please, no dogs. 2 hours–3 miles   To register,  jg_chague@hotmail.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      GOOGLE MAP


61 – Lee, MA        11 AM – 12 PM

A NATURE 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

GPS 42.322441, -73.255433    Heading north on Rt 20 from the center of Lee, after crossing the railroad tracks and the river, drive for 0.8 mile to Golden Hill Road (across from the Retro Pop Shop). Turn right onto Golden Hill Road and drive uphill for 0.3 mile to a parking site on the right side of road, at Lee Town Forest sign.    GOOGLE MAP   


62 – Gt. Barrington, MA        11 AM – 2:30 PM

EXPLORE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL–THROUGH “ICE GULCH” TO THE TOM LEONARD SHELTER

Join Silvia Cassano, a volunteer with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Tracy Remelius, a local hiking guide, for a family-friendly hike and exploration on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. This casual, steady paced hike through a “unique” rocky crevice known as Ice Gulch will take us into one of Berkshire County’s most interesting trail sections on the AT. We will eat lunch at the Tom Leonard shelter with an awesome view, observe nature, and learn about important hiking ethics. Bring lunch and drink. Wear hiking footwear. 3.5 hours–4 miles.  There may be an optional start at the halfway point if anyone cannot do the full distance. Ask Silvia for more information. Registration is required, as group size is limited to 25. To register, email silcassano@gmail.com or 802-673-6990

GPS 42.184045,-73.290567   From Rt 7 in Great Barrington, head east on Route 23/183 and drive 3.4 miles. The Appalachian Trailhead parking is on the left side, just past the former Eagleton School,  before Routes 23 & 183 split. On Google Maps it is labeled as A.T. Parking, across from 458 Monterey Road in Monterey.   GOOGLE MAP


63 – Stockbridge, MA      1 PM – 2:30 PM

A LEISURELY, PLEASANT STROLL OVER LAUREL HILL AND THE MARY FLYNN TRAIL

REFER TO WALK # 30 FOR DETAILS


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