Nature/ Wildlife Areas in Berkshires

Top Nature & Wildlife Areas in Berkshires, MA

Nature & Wildlife Areas in Berkshires

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  • John K
    Philadelphia, PA22 contributions
    On a recent road trip vacation, my wife and I stopped here on our drive from Hyde Park, NY to Williamstown, Massascuhsetts. We came up the Mount Greylock Scenic Byway (starts on Route 7 in Lanesborough, Mass.) and our first stop was the Visitors Center (30 Rockwell Road). I highly recommend making the Visitors Center your first stop. They have some good exhibits and information and maps on all of the different trails.

    We then drove to the summit, had a picnic lunch, and climbed the War Memorial Tower and took in the views.

    We then went for a relatively easy hike on the Stoney Ledge Trail (7.6 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 494). The trail ends at Stoney Ledge, which has an excellent view of Mount Greylock.

    There are lots of trails with varying degrees of difficulty, so there is something here for everyone who enjoys a walk in the woods.

    We then headed out of the Reservation site and followed the Scenic Byway north to Williamstown.

    A very enjoyable day.
    Written August 17, 2022
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  • momajtm
    Boynton Beach, FL48 contributions
    We own a house with access to the pond. It is beautiful in all seasons. it even has a part of the Appalachian trail going past upper Goose Pond. Fall leaves are breath taking.
    Written October 5, 2017
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  • AlexanderD
    Jackson, NJ4,475 contributions
    My family and took the hike along the Ledges Trail that is considered the most strenuous in the park. It was challenging and a definite workout to get to the top. The vista is pleasant but the only significant view you get.

    A plus is that the trails are well marked, including the intersection of all trails. This helps prevent one’s getting lost. I also like how, on the long loop trail we took blue trail markers indicate one is moving away from the parking lot and yellow markers that one is headed back to the lot. That is an excellent innovation. Another plus is bathrooms and water available at the parking lot.

    Keep in mind there is a fee to hike the trails. It is $5 per adult and $3 per kid, not unreasonable.
    Written August 16, 2022
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  • bill w
    Great Barrington, MA6 contributions
    i love ot visit this place over the years and watch nature in all it plendor,beavers,ducks geese,fish,and hiking the trail over the mountain that comes out behind berkshire south ,dont for get your camera,,a great way to spend a few hours
    Written April 11, 2019
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  • RItraveler79
    Norton, MA115 contributions
    During a recent getaway to Great Barrington, my husband and I spent a little time walking through the Housatonic Flats on a Sunday morning. Parking is plentiful and we happened to be the only ones early on a Sunday morning. The loop is about 1 mile with several areas along the loop allowing for you to get close to the Housatonic River bank. The area is very peaceful and tranquil. As we walked the loop twice we had the opportunity to see several different species of birds and a few butterflies. As the name of the area implies, the loop is flat making for a very easy walk.  
    Written July 6, 2020
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  • Mark P
    Swampscott, MA2,100 contributions
    This is a pretty area on the Vermont border-indeed, several of the travels go into Vermont. The footing is mostly good, though there were several extremely muddy areas.
    Written September 30, 2021
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  • flyinggems
    Cape Cod, MA704 contributions
    After 2 days at Six Flags New England we needed a break from the crowds. I picked up a brochure at a stop in the Berkshires. They are a non-profit native plant nursery and wildlife sanctuary. The Hiking Trails and Butterfly house are free. They are a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization and donations are welcomed. They do sell native plants and seeds.
    The day we visited it was sunny and hot. We visited the Butterfly house. It is open from the end of June to September, 7 days a week from 10:30 am- 4 pm. Staff member of Project Native will take you into the Butterfly enclosure and show you the different species and plants. They also had a craft available for the kids. My kids LOVED it. A staff member let my kids release a butterfly into the enclosure. A real treat for my children. The staff is patient and nice.
    The heat and humidity kept us from taking a hike of the property. They have 54 acres of meadows and woods that you can hike through. No dogs are allowed. The trails are open year round from dawn to dusk. They have a picnic area too.
    They have lots of Events for Families like “Bug and Butterfly Safaris”.
    If you are in the area and need a break from the crowds, Check out Project Native. Weather permitting, I would plan a 1-2 hour stop.
    Written August 22, 2015
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  • The Oshmans
    10 contributions
    We love it!!💏💕💓💙💛💌💞💘💘💖💙💖♥💚💝💜 it's nice and quiet and we get lots of exercise and beautiful a beautiful sight/veiw
    Written September 17, 2020
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  • dave d
    Bradford, MA327 contributions
    Checked the trustees site and there isn't a trail map available. We checked out a little of the trail. It looks like locals may not like having the reservation bordering their property (?). A big pile of tree limbs were blocking part of the trail and there were many "No Trespassing" signs at the parking area and along the trail.
    Written August 7, 2017
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  • audrey073
    New York City, NY6 contributions
    The Cobble is a magical place. One set of trails winds it’s way past spectacular rocks and caves and ambles along the Housatonic River. Another trail leads to a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.
    Written June 12, 2022
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  • Elfma
    Greenwich, CT347 contributions
    Lovely lake tucked in between Pittsfield and Lanesboro, MA. Found several public access parking locations in Lanesboro, no fee to park or enter lakeside areas. Lanesboro side also had boat rentals. Did not see any swimming areas. Looks as if the emphasis is on fishing and boating. Great place to read a book, picnic, watch the sunset.

    Public restrooms were locked during this visit, but it is near main roads with gas stations and restaurants. Also nearby are mini-golf and old-school drive-ins. Great day trip, sure to be stunning for fall foliage.
    Written September 7, 2020
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