The Housatonic Flats Reserve boasts over ½ mile of frontage on the Housatonic River that is perfect for wildlife viewing and fishing. There is a mown path skirting oxbow wetlands and tall floodplain forests of cottonwood and red and silver maples. Keep an eye out for wood ducks, beaver, otter, and large carp patrolling the river’s edge.
Housatonic Flats Trail: 0.9 mile roundtrip, 0.75 hours, easy
From Great Barrington: From the Price Chopper, head north on Route 7 for less than half a mile. Parking will be on the left.
As you walk the Flats you may notice areas of fresh growth. These are remediated areas that are slowly returning to a more native cover. With the help of a grant from the Natural Resources Damages Fund, BNRC acquired this property and removed over five tons of solid waste from the wetlands.
BNRC’s Housatonic Flats Reserve is approximately 26 acres, just north of WSBS radio station, between the Housatonic River and Route 7. The parking lot is ½ mile north of the Barrington Plaza and Price Chopper on Route 7. Access to the parking lot is on the left when traveling north, directly across from a shop called Chelsea & Co.
GPS: 42.216357, -73.343895 (Trailhead parking)
Ideal spot for a short calming stroll in nature.
The mile-long loop trail in Housatonic Flats’ 26 acres gets you up close and personal with more than a half-mile of Housatonic Riverbank. The floodplain is now reverting to the forest that prevailed before settlers made it pasture. Attractions include abundant birdlife, fish, otter, beaver and deer.
2. Hoosac Range
3. Basin Pond
4. Stevens Glen
6. Clam River
8. Bob’s Way
10. Housatonic Flats