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Barrett Woods

Lovely wetlands and vernal pools make an excellent spot for peepers and other spring wildlife viewing.


  • Egremont and Great Barrington, MA
  • Difficulty: Expert, unmarked walkable wood roads crisscross both properties
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Size: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​212 acres
  • Special features: Vernal pools, interesting topography, wood roads


This land, and all of the present-day Berkshires, are the ancestral homeland of the Mohican people, who were forcibly displaced to Wisconsin by European colonization. These lands continue to be of great significance to the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation today. To learn more, visit

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      • East Frontage, Seekonk Cross Road:  Google Maps | 42.1990, -73.4039
      • West Frontage, Pumpkin Hollow Road:  Google Maps | 42.1955, -73.4143

      Eastern Parcel, Seekonk Cross Road

      The eastern parcel has frontage on the west side of Seekonk Cross Road, between 66 and 70 Seekonk Cross Road. The western parcel has frontage on the west side of Pumpkin Hollow Road, in Egremont. (Pumpkin Hollow Road becomes Locust Hill Road in Great Barrington. Google or mapping software might not appreciate this distinction.)

      Western Parcel, Pumpkin Hollow Road

      The best access for the western parcel is 0.8 miles from the intersection of Egremont Plain Road and Pumpkin Hollow Road. Park at the BNRC road opposite the driveway for 49 Locust Hill Road, Great Barrington (located on Pumpkin Hollow Road, Egremont). You may park out of the way at the head of BNRC’s road on the west side of Pumpkin Hollow Road.

      Unmarked wood roads give the explorer access to ecologically rich vernal pools and wetlands. Bird watching and nature study are the attraction. Bring a field guide, a camera or even a sketchbook.