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New Trail at The Boulders Mountain bikers and BNRC working together in Dalton.
The Boulders Reserve, in Pittsfield, Dalton and Lanesborough, has been a popular recreation spot for decades. The 685-acre property, purchased by BNRC in 2015, is free and open to the public for all non-motorized recreational use. There are two main access points for the property: one from the parking lot on Dalton Avenue (Routes 8 & 9) across from the intersection with Hubbard Avenue (look for signage improvements there soon), and the other on Gulf Road across from the Appalachian Trail trailhead.
Until now, the route from the Gulf Road trailhead to the existing trail network has consisted only of two unmarked, steep, and eroding trails. That’s about to change!
In partnership with the Berkshire Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA), BNRC volunteers and staff are currently building a new access trail from the Gulf Road trailhead to the existing “Green Trail.” This new trail will make it much easier for walkers, runners and mountain bikers to access the property. We hope to see you there!
A Leprechaun Led me to it!
The healing powers of walking the land by Albert Stern.
My introduction to Hollow Fields came at a very auspicious time in my life. I had been ill for two years with a condition that left me broken up both physically and psychically, and that autumn, I was just off my eighth serious surgery, the one that finally fixed my problem. At the time, it was difficult to see a way forward, to imagine what path my recuperation would take or where it would ultimately lead me.
Volunteer Highlight: Dan Schaedle keeps the trail open
Dan Schaedle is a neighbor to the Hoosac Range, and was excited when BNRC acquired the property and cut a well-designed hiking trail. However, during the first summer the trail was open, he noticed that the grass grew a lot faster than it got mowed. Dan took it upon himself to reach out to BNRC and offer a hand to maintain the trailhead. Now in his fourth year of trailhead maintenance, Dan’s favorite BNRC property is…take a guess…the Hoosac Range. “Now, I feel satisfied in making a difference by providing a clean and nice starting point for everyone to enjoy the Hoosac Range trail. It is not a sexy job, but I live near here, and I am happy to provide this service to my community.”
Dan’s initiative and dedication exemplify the backbone of volunteer stewardship with Berkshire Natural Resources Council. Thank you, Dan!
BNRC’s trails, guided hikes and properties are free and open to the public,
thanks to the generosity of our supporters.