More than seven miles of trails, stately trees, and a glacier-marked landscape — all just minutes from the Berkshire’s densest population center.
Come see why this Reserve is a local favorite!
Property Name: The Boulders
Towns: Dalton, Lanesborough, Pittsfield
Activities: Hiking, snowshowing, mountain biking, hunting, family-friendly
Special features: Miles of excellent trails, beautiful tall trees, and the natural slides at The Boulders
Hiking difficulty: Easy to intermediate — good trails with slowly improving marking/navigation system
GPS: 42.4816, -73.1783 (trailhead parking on Gulf Road)
The 645-acre property that is The Boulders has always been one of the better kept secrets in the Berkshires. Despite excellent management by Crane and Co., The Boulders was essentially a neighborhood park; even savvy outsiders didn’t know where the property was – this despite The Boulders lying partially within Pittsfield City limits!
The original Boulders Reserve was formed formally when MassWildlife bought a conservation restriction and affirmative right to public access in 2004. Crane continued to own and manage the property until 2015 when the Company donated The Boulders and 50 acres of adjacent, unconserved land to Berkshire Natural Resources Council. MassWildlife purchased a CR over the unrestricted land in 2016 and BNRC has begun upgrades to the trails and signage. For 2016, access is best from Gulf Road in Dalton; look for parking improvements soon.
To the trailhead parking area on Gulf Road, Dalton: take routes 8/9 east from the center of Pittsfield. Take a left onto Park Avenue, passing Craneville School. Take a left onto Gulf Road. Park at the pull-off on the left, opposite the parking for the Appalachian Trail.