May 31, 2018 Joe Berkshire

Parsons Marsh: Construction Update

May 31, 2018 (updated September 20, 2018)

This summer BNRC broke ground on its first accessible trail building project at Parsons Marsh in Lenox. (Another BNRC property, the Old Mill Trail in Dalton and Hinsdale, has an accessible trail that was constructed by the Housatonic Valley Association.)

Community support for this conservation and public access project has been incredible! This is a cooperative trail project between Berkshire Natural Resources Council, the Town of Lenox through its Community Preservation Fund, and the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program, the latter two allocating $235,000 and $75,000 respectively toward the project. BNRC, with you and fellow supporters, funded the design and permitting work to get the project “shovel ready.”

The accessible trail project is an intensive one! Due to the nature of the work, BNRC’s Parsons Marsh reserve will be closed for the duration of construction, from now until approximately the end of September. Please be patient as the professional trail construction crew, Peter S. Jensen & Associates, works their magic on the site. We will announce when the trail is fully open, most likely right at the beginning of October.

Please call BNRC at 413-499-0596 or email with any questions!

Be sure to check our list of upcoming hikes and events for a guided Parsons Marsh experience.


Soon the pond at the Parsons Marsh Reserve will be a lovely site to enjoy a picnic or lunch break.