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Destination:
The Berkshires
of Western Massachusetts

RECREATION

Alpine Skiing .. Cross Country Skiing .. Beaches .. Hiking .. Camping .. Fishing
Directions

Lodging

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Recreation

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Parks

Calendar of Events

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Architectural Wonders

Introduction
Alpine Skiing
Bousquet Ski Area, Dan Fox Dr., Pittsfield (413) 442-8316
Vertical drop/longest run: 750 ft./1.5 miles.
Brodie, Rt. 7, New Ashford (413) 443-4752
Vertical drop/longest run: 1,250 feet/2.5 miles.
Butternut Basin, Rt. 23, Great Barrington (413) 528-2000
Vertical drop/longest run: 1,000 feet/9,500 feet.
Catamount, Rt. 23, South Egremont (413) 528-1262
Vertical drop/longest run: 1,000 feet/2 miles.
Jiminy Peak, Corey Rd., Hancock (413) 738-5500
Vertical drop/longest run: 1,140 feet/2 miles.
Otis Ridge, Rt. 23 West, Otis (413) 269-4444
Vertical drop/longest run: 400 feet/5,000 feet.
Cross-Country Skiing Bucksteep Cross Country Ski Center
Washington Mountain Rd., Washington (413) 623-5535 or (800) 645-2825
15 miles of trails.
Canterbury Farm, Fred Snow Rd., Becket (413) 623-8765
11 miles of trails.
Notchview Reservation, Rt. 9, Windsor
(413) 684-0148
17 miles of trails.
Beaches Card Lake, West Stockbridge (Free parking)
Laurel Lake, Lee (Free parking) North Pond, Florida (Lifeguard)
Onota Lake, Pittsfield (Restrooms, lifeguard, free parking) Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield (Restrooms, lifeguard, free parking)
Prospect Lake, North Egremont (Free parking) Windsor Lake, North Adams (Lifeguard)
Towns
Adams
Alford
Becket
Cheshire
Clarksburg
Dalton
Egremont
Florida
Great Barrington
Hancock
Hinsdale
Housatonic
Lanesborough
Lee
Lenox
Monterey
Mount Washington
New Marlborough
North Adams
Otis
Peru
Pittsfield
Richmond
Sandisfield
Savoy
Sheffield
Stockbridge
Tyringham
Washington
West Stockbridge
Williamstown
Windsor
Hiking
Appalachian Trail, 50 Rockwell Rd., Lanesborough
93 miles of hiking trails with nearby picnic and camping facilities.
Bartholomew's Cobble, Ashley Falls (413) 229-8600
Six miles of trails. More than 700 species of plants and 200 species of birds thrive in an ecosystem around an environment of marble and eroding quartzite. The ferns and wildflowers are particularly picturesque.
Bash Bish Falls State Park, off Rt. 41, Mount Washington (413) 528-0330
80-foot waterfall cascades through a series of gorges.
Chesterfield Gorge, West Chesterfield (413) 684-0148
Top-of-the-gorge trail offers picturesque views of rock walls and the Westfield River. Picnic tables and fireplaces available. Excellent trout fishing.
Jug End and Mt. Everett State Reservations, South Egremont (413) 528-0330
8-mile segment of Appalachian Trail offers scenic views of southern Berkshires.
Monument Mountain Reservation, Rt. 7, Great Barrington
Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville met for the first time at the summit here. 3 miles of trails through forest of oak and pine. Pale quartzite rock abounds, with view of "Devil's Pulpit".
Mount Greylock, Deer Hill Trail, Lanesborough (413) 499-4262 (2-mile trail to state's highest point, with views of 5 states) Notchview Reservation, Rt. 9, Windsor (413) 684-3722
15 miles of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. Views of Mount Monodnock, Green Mountains, and Catskills.
Pittsfield State Forest, Hawthorne Trail, Pittsfield (413) 442-8992 (4 miles of trails) Tyringham Cobble, Tyringham
2-mile trail to summit of Cobble Hill and loops back down. Wildflowers abound. Black bears and coyotes make an occasional appearance.

Camping

Bissellville, 1109 Washington Rd., Hinsdale, 35 sites (413) 655-8396
Bonnie Brae Cabins & Campsites, 108 Broadway St., Pittsfield, 42 sites (413) 442-3754 Bonnie Rigg Camping Club, Chester, 210 sites ... (413) 623-5366
Camp Overflow, Otis, 100 sites (413) 269-4036 Fernwood Forest, 41 Plunkett Reservoir Rd., Hinsdale, 20 sites (413) 655-2292
Historic Valley Campground, 10 Main St., North Adams, 100 sites (413) 662-3198 Laurel Ridge Camping Area, East Otis, 140 sites (413) 269-4804
Prospect Lake Park, Prospect Lake Rd., North Egremont, 140 sites (413) 528-4158 Shady Pines Campground, 547 Loop Rd., Savoy, 150 sites (413) 743-2694
Summit Hill Campground, Summit Hill Rd., Washington, 100 sites (413) 623-5761 Walker Island Camping, Chester, 85 sites (413) 354-2295

White-Water Sports, Fly Fishing
Deerfield River
One of New England's best trout rivers. Brook, brown, and rainbow trout populate the Deerfield. The fish range in size from 8 to 24-plus inches. Experienced fly fishermen enjoy Deerfield's catch-and-release sections. For fishermen of all skill levels, there are year-round, 4-hour guided wading trips through the river's northernmost points.

Crab Apple Whitewater, New England's largest whitewater outfitter, is located in The Forks, Maine, but it offers five guided trips down Western Massachusetts' Deerfield River. Call (800) 553-7238 for more information or to book a trip.

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