Mature forest with a wilderness feel.
Property Name: Alsop
Activities: Hiking, hunting, snowshoeing
Special features: Mature forest
Hiking difficulty: Expert — unmarked boundaries; no trails
GPS: 42.2762, -73.2237 (center of property)
Donated by the Alsop family, this 97-acre forest sits atop the ridge east of the Hop Brook Valley. The Alsops stipulated that the property would be maintained in its natural state. In another 50 years, look for a forest that is developing old-growth characteristics: occasional old trees mixed amongst patches of their younger progeny, uneven terrain as old trees tip over, and an uneven tree canopy.
On Main Road, Tyringham, just past the Lee town line. No parking is available. Access to the property is very difficult to describe. Call the Berkshire Natural Resources Council office for directions at 413-499-0596.