The namesake “Widow White” is the highest peak on Potter Mountain.
As with all Berkshire Natural Resources Council properties, Widow White is open to hunting.
Property Name: Widow White
(aka: Potter Mountain Reserve)
Activities: Hunting, hiking, geocaching
Special features: Limestone
Hiking difficulty: Intermediate — good wood roads, but unmarked; steep terrain.
GPS: 42.5472, -73.2520 (trailhead parking)
Berkshire Natural Resources Council owned the top of Potter Mountain for 12 years before we were able to create access through an acquisition. The 2013 purchase of a property on Silver Street in Lanesborough bumped the Reserve’s acreage to 270 acres and permanently protects karst/limestone formations that are not common in the Berkshires. Essential support for this project was provided by MassWildlife.
In addition to natural features that you really ought to explore, the Reserve comprises a few quarries and Captain John Brown’s Rock. Go see the rock yourself (see attached map) and try to read the inscription.
The Widow White Reserve is accessed from an unimproved trailhead off Silver Street.
From the center of Lanesboro: north on Route 7 to a left on Bailey Road. Follow Bailey Road north for 1.0 miles to a left on Silver Street. Follow Silver Street for 0.4 miles to the trailhead, which is at the top of a short steep hill, on a very sharp left-hand curve. Trailhead is on the right at the curve.