Forested hillside mostly owned by MassWildlife, bisected by the Appalachian Trail.
Property Name: Crane Conservation Projects and Chalet WMA
Towns: Dalton. Lanesborough, Pittsfield, Windsor
Activities: Hunting, hiking, bird-watching
Special features: Large tract of forested land
Hiking difficulty: Expert — rough terrain or long distances
GPS: 42.5080, -73.1644 (center of property)
With gifts from the Crane family, Bob Thieriot, and Crane and Company, BNRC has helped conserve more than 3,600 acres adjacent or near to the Chalet Wildlife Management Area. BNRC holds conservation restrictions over 2,100 acres owned by MassWildlife and open to the public for passive, non-motorized recreation. View MassWildlife’s map and zoom in on the area in western Massachusetts for additional property details.
Chalet WMA is crisscrossed by wood roads and old town roads. The Appalachian Trail runs north-south through the center of the project area (no hunting on the AT or within the corridor!). If you’re comfortable off of marked trails, you should explore.
Three parking lots available off Flintstone Road, Windsor and Rte 8 and Notch Road in Cheshire. The Appalachian Trail corridor divides the area roughly in half.