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BNRC Reserve Policies

Enjoy reserves on foot, skis, or snowshoes. No motorized vehicles are allowed.

Protect trails, wildlife, and land. Carry out what you bring in, take only photos, and leave everything else just as you found it.

Appreciate that this land provides a home, food, and shelter to wildlife and protection for clean drinking water. Respect wildlife and keep your distance.

BNRC reserves do not have restrooms, so be prepared with water and containers to carry out waste.

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Dogs are Welcome

Dogs are welcome at all BNRC Reserves. They must be under your immediate control and local leash laws apply. Dogs are required to be on a leash at Hollow Fields reserve in Richmond.

BNRC’s common-sense dog rules

Hunting & Fishing

Hunting and fishing are permitted on most BNRC Reserves, subject to Massachusetts state regulations. Follow the MassWildlife Hunting Regulations. Hunting and fishing are not allowed at Parsons Marsh and the Roosevelt Reserve.

BNRC’s hunting guidelines

Guidance for Group Visits

We recognize that hiking in a group can bridge a barrier for those venturing outdoors. In the past two years, Berkshire Natural Resources Council has seen significantly increased visitation and stress on trailheads. With the experience of all users in mind, we ask that those planning to lead group hikes on BNRC Trails keep these requests/considerations in mind:

  • Try to limit group participation to 15. 
  • Carpool and shuttle so your group leaves spaces for other visitors.
  • Consider scheduling hikes at times that are generally less busy, such as weekdays or late afternoon on weekends.  
  • Get in touch if you are regularly leading hikes on BNRC reserves (Email Mariah at: mfogg@  

Other Events

To request permission for events that are not group hikes please fill out BNRC’s Special Use / Event Inquiry Form and email it to hello@

Hike Safe

The best way to enjoy any trail is to be safe and be prepared!

Remember to HIKE SAFE:

  • Have a plan, bring a map
  • Inform someone of where you're going and when you plan to return
  • Keep a whistle with you
  • Eat well, stay hydrated: carry plenty of water
  • Stay on the trail
  • Ask for HELP if you need it
  • Flashlight for evenings or low light
  • Expect changes in the weather