The Hollow Fields Reserve comprises 40 acres of gorgeous hayfield, habitat for grassland-nesting birds like bobolinks. Mowed trails through the fields guide walkers to views of the entire length of Yokun Ridge – stunning views in autumn!
Hollow Fields Trail: 2 miles roundtrip, 1.5 hours, easy
Special features: Open fields, scenic views
Notes: BNRC has secured access only to the trails that appear on our map. No access to Perry’s Peak is available from our property; no access to the Taconic Skyline Trail is available beyond our boundaries.
From Great Barrington: Take Route 41 north into Richmond. After passing Route 295, Perry Peak Road will be the next left approximately one mile down the road. On Perry Peak Road, find the parking at the second red barn on the left, with a BNRC sign by the road.
From Pittsfield: Get on West Housatonic Street (Route 20) heading west. Turn left onto Route 41 just before Hancock Shaker Village. After 2.5 miles turn right onto Perry Peak Road. Parking is signed, second red barn on the left.
From Lenox: Take Route 183 west towards Tanglewood. Just passed Tanglewood, turn right onto Richmond Mountain Road. Richmond Mountain Road becomes Lenox Road. Continue on Lenox Road through a few intersections and 3 miles. When you get to Route 41, turn right. After passing Route 295, Perry Peak Road will be the next left approximately one mile down the road. On Perry Peak Road, find the parking at the second red barn on the left, with a BNRC sign by the road.
GPS: 42.4068, -73.3654 (Trailhead parking)
The mowed path runs downhill from the barn. From the alley between two fields, climb uphill through the mowed path. Beyond the broad east-west ditch and bench, there is a fork in the trail. Stay to the right to continue up through the fields, into the woods, and on one of two parallel wood roads. This brings you to the upper field, where you can walk the mowed loop before beginning your decent to the trailhead.
The linked hayfields of the 324-acre Hollow Fields reserve offer the Berkshires’ best view of Yokun Ridge, and abundant bobolinks nesting in the grasslands. The mown path through the fields connects to trails and wood roads in adjoining forestland, including a 45-acre parcel owned by the Richmond Conservation Commission.
In 2013 Ron and Judith Shaw donated frontage on Perry’s Peak Road that gives access to a nice long piece of Sleepy Hollow Brook – the namesake of this “Hollow Fields Reserve”. The Robertson family donated an additional 183 acres in 2016. The 324-acre Reserve comprises beautiful hay fields full of bobolinks, pretty hardwood forests, the banks of Sleepy Hollow Brook and provides magnificent views of the entire length of Yokun Ridge. A 2-mile walk on mowed paths through the fields will get you the views. A longer, more strenuous hike into the woods could get you some blueberries!
Access to the adjacent 45-acre Richmond Conservation Commission parcel is available; no access to other neighboring land is secured. Please stay on BNRC and Richmond Town lands.
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