May 24, 2022 Charlotte Hood

Floodplain Forest Walk at Housatonic Flats, Great Barrington

Saturday, July 23rd, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Housatonic Flats, Great Barrington 

Floodplains are uncommon in Massachusetts, but they offer a wealth of environmental benefits. Floodplain forests host rare plant and wildlife habitat, offer climate resiliency by storing stormwater during floods, and, of course, store carbon. Join us for a walk at BNRC’s Housatonic Flats reserve, special for its floodplain forest that sits right along the Housatonic River. We will learn about the ecosystem benefits of floodplain forests and how to identify some of the plants that specialize in growing there.  

Distance: 0.9 miles

Difficulty: Easy (little elevation gain, slow pace)

For questions or to RSVP, email Charlotte at chood@bnrc.org (up to 12 participants).

Well behaved dogs allowed on leash. 

Directions 

From Lee: From the Mass Pike/Big Y intersection, take Route 102 southwest toward Stockbridge. In Stockbridge turn left onto Route 7. After passing Monument Mountain, before reaching Price Chopper, look for the parking lot on the right side of the road. 

From Great Barrington: From the Price Chopper, head north on Route 7 for less than half a mile. Parking will be on the left. 

From Lenox: Take Route 7 or Route 7A south toward Great Barrington. After passing Monument Mountain, before reaching Price Chopper, look for the parking lot on the right side of the road. 

GPS: 42.216357, -73.343895 (Trailhead parking) 

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