At 1,230 acres, Steepletop is Berkshire Natural Resource Council’s largest Reserve.
Highlights here are miles of beautiful wood roads, privacy, and extensive wetlands.
Property Name: Steepletop
Town: New Marlborough, Sandisfield
Activities: Hunting, hiking, skiing, bird-watching
Special features: Expansive wetlands, miles of wood road
Hiking difficulty: Easy to intermediate — trails range from marked on easy terrain to unmarked on moderate terrain
GPS: 42.1370, -73.2082 (trailhead parking)
The Steepletop Reserve is Berkshire Natural Resource Council’s largest and, in some ways, our best! With more than 1,200 acres, miles of wood road, and expanses of wetland, mature forest, and young forest, there’s a lot to explore. At the far northwest is a small patch of old growth forest (it’s not virgin forest but it is unusually old). At the center is Harmon Brook flowing from south to north through more than 100 acres of scattered wetland. Crisscrossing the Reserve are 5 miles of marked/maintained trail and an additional 3 miles of un-marked wood road. At the far southeast is a matrix of young forest and mature forest, managed for wildlife that depend on young forest habitat.
Steepletop was donated by the Devine family, long-time owners of this and adjacent lands. To Berkshire Natural Resources Council they donated the Steepletop Reserve that you see on the attached maps; to the New Marlborough Land Trust and The Trustees of Reservations they gave a conservation restriction over Berkshire Natural Resources Council property and other land that the family retained. With Steepletop and adjacent land, a block of nearly 5,000 contiguous acres of land is permanently conserved.
From Great Barrington, take Route 23 east to Monterey. Just after the Monterey line, bear right onto Route 57/183 into New Marlborough. Just before the Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough, turn left onto New Marlborough-Monterey Road; follow for 1.6 miles. Turn right at the steep, inclining driveway marked “684”. Bear right into our gravel parking lot at the top of the little hill. The trails begin right at the trailhead parking; there is a kiosk just beyond the gate.