Take a hike! Or a walk, a swim, catch a fish, have a picnic, climb a mountain. We keep land so you can enjoy it.

Our top ten trails offer a range of activities. Find the one that is right for you…then try another one next time. Be sure to tell us how you liked it!

1. ALFORD SPRINGS, Alford
2. HOOSAC RANGE, North Adams
3. BASIN POND, Lee
4. STEVENS GLEN, West Stockbridge/Richmond
5. OLIVIA’S OVERLOOK AT YOKUN RIDGE, Lenox/Richmond/Stockbridge/West Stockbridge 
6. CLAM RIVER, Sandisfield
7. HOLLOW FIELDS, Richmond
8. BOB’S WAY, Monterey/Sandisfield 
9. STEADMAN POND AT HUDSON-HOWARD, Monterey
10. HOUSATONIC FLATS, Great Barrington


TRAIL DIFFICULTY RATING KEY


1. Alford Springs, Alford

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hiking bird watching snowshoeing cross country skiing cycling berry picking geocaching picnicking photography  

Mother Loop: 2.4 miles; 1.5 hours
Father Loop: 4.3 miles; 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Walking, 3; Skiing, 4
Features: Blackberries in summer, noteworthy backcountry Nordic skiing in winter, with challenging ascents and descents. Gorgeous views of Alford Valley and beyond. Good hunting reported.
Especially good in: Winter
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2. Hoosac Range, North Adams

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hiking snowshoeing bird watching photography picnicking 

Sunset Rock: 1.6 miles, 1.25 hours
Difficulty: 2
Spruce Hill: 6 miles round-trip; 4 hours
Difficulty: 3
Features: High elevation long views: prepare for the sublime! Cool rock cliffs formed by “glacial plucking” with trees twisted into fantastical forms by wind and ice. Blueberries at Sunset Rock and open ledges near Spruce Hill in summer. Awesome spring snowshoeing. Migratory raptors in fall, great viewing at Spruce Hill. Views over North Adams, Mount Greylock, and Florida State Forest.
Especially good in: Fall
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3. Basin Pond, Lee

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hiking bird watching snowshoeing geocaching picnicking photography 

2.5 miles: 2 hours
Difficulty: 3 (easy walking, but does include a couple of stream crossings on step-stones)
Features: Beautiful wetlands, with a wildlife viewing deck in the sun. Trail crosses a boulder field which provides a great place for kids to climb and hide on trailside rocks.
Especially good in: Summer
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4. Stevens Glen, West Stockbridge/Richmond

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hiking snowshoeing photography 

1.5 miles: 1.25 hours
Difficulty: 2
Features: 19th century tourist attraction, reborn for the 21st century including a waterfall through romantic rock cleft, stream to dabble feet on hot day, a viewing platform with bench for reflection. Deep hemlock forest also awaits.
Especially good in: Spring
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5. Olivia’s Overlook at Yokun Ridge, Lenox/Richmond/Stockbridge/West Stockbridge

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hiking snowshoeing photography picnicking cycling cross country skiing 

Note: Yokun Ridge is the central hub of a multi-spoked trail network. There are multiple options extending north and south from there.

Olivia’s Overlook at Yokun Ridge
Walsh Trail:
1.5 mile roundtrip; 1 hour

Difficulty: 1
Features: Gentle walking through a 100-plus year old forest with views of Monument Mountain.

Walsh/Charcoal/Brothers loop: 4 miles; 2 hours
Difficulty: 3
Features: Charcoal pits (can you spot them?) and a run alongside Shadow Brook, named by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Remarkable stone work on trail itself. Also includes the Tri-town monument: where Stockbridge, Lenox and Richmond meet…Berkshires’ answer to Four Corners.

Brothers Trail at Yokun Ridge
Burbank Trail Loop:
4 miles; 2 hours

Difficulty: 3
Features: Serene Shadowbrook Reservoir, aka Monks Pond, holds views across Lenox Mountain and the town reservoirs. Great running, mountain biking and skiing loop!
Especially good in: Fall

Jackson Pond at Yokun Ridge
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6. Clam River, Sandisfield

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 hikingfishing bird watching snowshoeing cross country skiing picnicking 

Clam River Loop Trail: 1.5 miles, 1 hour
Difficulty: 2

Clam River Trail: 3 miles roundtrip, 2 hours
Difficulty: 2

Hammertown Loop Trail: 1.6 miles, 1.5 hours
Difficulty: 2

Features: Beautiful, romantic stream valley, canyon-like in spots with access to Clam River. Old stone foundations and millworks along this cold water stream. Abundant wildlife.
Especially good in: Summer

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7. Hollow Fields, Richmond

hiking bird watching snowshoeing cross country skiing picnicking photography 

2 miles round trip; 1 hour
Difficulty: 1

Features: Walk mowed paths through open fields – truly a rarity! Long views that are both sunsplashed and windswept, stunning in all seasons. Great birdwatching, particularly in spring. Mellow spot for picnicking.
Especially good in: Spring
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8. Bob’s Way, Monterey/Sandisfield

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hiking bird watching cross country skiing picnicking 

2.5 miles; 1.5 hours
Difficulty: 2
Features: Multiple loops, so it’s easy to customize your walk with fabulous beaver pond views. Formerly a heron rookery, still teeming with wildlife. Dave’s Bench, a stone seat created from bedrock ledge and artisanal stonework sits atop with the best view of the house!
Especially good in: Spring
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9. Steadman Pond at Hudson-Howard, Monterey

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 hikingcanoeing fishing swimming bird watching picnicking snowshoeing 

.25 miles; 10 minutes round trip
Difficulty: 1
Features: Pond in beautiful setting, excellent bass fishing. Swimming raft and rowboat await! Terrific bird watching. Great picnic and hangout spot.
Especially good in: Summer
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10. Housatonic Flats, Great Barrington

 hikingbird watching fishing snowshoeing cross country skiing 

1 mile; 30 minutes
Difficulty: 1
Features: Views of pastoral Housatonic River, birdwatching, dog walking. Super easy place to “air out” in a short time.
Especially good in: Spring
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Trail difficulty rating:
All time estimates are for walking in dry weather.

Difficulty ranges from 1 to 5
1
Easy walking for everyone. Gentle grades, smooth footing, shorter distance.
2Easy walking, but with some uphill and downhill sections that will get the heart pumping!
3Moderately strenuous, but no problem for anyone who can walk for an hour and climb a few flights of stairs without needing to rest.
4Strenuous due to length and/or terrain; this may be a test if you’re not accustomed to 2-3 hour hikes.
5Difficult. Steep, sustained climbs and descents, uneven footing, and sheer length make this a trail for those with complete confidence in their stamina and fitness.

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