Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s trails are open. We recognize the importance of being outside for mental and physical well-being and our goal is to maintain this status for our community. At trailheads you will find signage to encourage social distancing on trails. Our use policies during this time follow the guidelines of the CDC and State of Massachusetts. Masks are now required at all times, including outdoors. We also ask that you avoid parking on the road if a parking lot is full and to come back at another time. Please leash your dog on BNRC trails at this time, since our four-legged friends don’t seem to understand social distancing.
Take a hike! Go for a walk, a swim, catch a fish, have a picnic, climb a mountain. We keep land so you can enjoy it. Our top trails offer a range of activities. Find the one that is right for you…then try another one next time.
For more hikes and adventures, pick up BNRC’s Go Wild at any local brochure rack, or request one at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-499-0596. Take a moment and let us know about your walk!
2. STEEPLETOP, New Marlborough
3. STEADMAN POND AT HUDSON-HOWARD, Monterey
4. THOMAS & PALMER BROOK, Great Barrington
5. CLAM RIVER, Sandisfield
6. HOOSAC RANGE, North Adams
7. PARSONS MARSH, Lenox
8. MAHANNA COBBLE, Pittsfield
9. BOB’S WAY, Monterey/Sandisfield
10. THE BOULDERS, Pittsfield/Dalton/Lanesborough
11. OLD MILL TRAIL, Hinsdale/Dalton
12. ALFORD SPRINGS, Alford
13. BASIN POND, Lee
14. STEVENS GLEN, West Stockbridge/Richmond
15. OLIVIA’S OVERLOOK AT YOKUN RIDGE SOUTH, Lenox/Richmond/Stockbridge/West Stockbridge
16. HOLLOW FIELDS, Richmond
1 mile, round-trip; 30 minutes
Features: Views of pastoral Housatonic River, birdwatching, dog walking. Super easy place to “air out” in a short time.
Especially good in: Spring
Louise Lane (North Loop): 2.2 miles, round-trip; 1.5 hours
Edie’s Way (South Loop): 2.2 miles, round-trip; 1.5 hours
Features: Expansive wetlands, miles of wood road
Especially good in: Winter/Summer
.25 miles, one-way; 10 minutes
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
4. Thomas & Palmer Brook, Great Barrington
Trail: 0.5 miles, round-trip
Features: Gorgeous views across wetlands
Especially good in: Spring/Summer/Fall
Trail difficulty rating:
All time estimates are for walking in dry weather.
Difficulty ranges from 1 to 5
2- Easy- Gentle grades, smooth footing
3- Moderate- uneven footing, elevation changes
4- Difficult- Strenuous due to length and/or terrain
5- Expert – No marked trails