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Destination:
The Berkshires
of Western Massachusetts

PARKS

While the Berkshires are collectively known as "America's premier cultural resort," the region's natural beauty is largely what attracted so many artists here in the first place.

The Mohawk Trail, also known as Route 2, represents the best way to navigate your way through the Berkshires' natural assets. As the name suggests, this scenic by-way started out as an old Indian trail. Early settlers later widened it. The trail opened for traffic in 1914, making it the first scenic automobile route constructed in America.

Of course, as you travel along the Mohawk Trail, you'll want to take several side trips. Your many options will include visits to the parks listed below.

Photo: Bash Bish Falls

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Mount Greylock State Reservation
Rockwell Rd., Lanesborough (413) 499-4262
Park covers more than 11,000 acres and features a two-mile trail leading to the 3,491-foot peak of Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts. Atop Mount Greylock, crystal-clear views of up to 100 miles allow you to see five different states.

The reservation also is home to Mount Prospect, Mount Fitch, Mount Williams, and Saddle Ball Mountain. And three of the mountains -- Greylock, Williams, and Prospect --- combine with Stoney Ledge to create a unique geographical formation known as the "Hopper Natural Area," a part of the park that has given rise to an old-growth forest with trees more than 150 years old.

Monument Mtn Reservation
Rt. 7, Great Barrington
Three miles of trails through a pine-and-oak forest. The geographic formation known as "Devil's Pulpit" invites photographs. Pale quartzite rock provides colorful backdrop.
Notchview Reservation
Rt. 9, Windsor (413) 683-3722
15 miles of hiking and cross-country trails. Stunning views of Mount Monadnock, the Green Mountains, and the Catskills.
Bash Bish Falls State Park
Mount Washington (off Rt. 41) (413) 528-0330
Appalachian Trail
50 Rockwell Rd., Lanesborough 93 miles of hiking trails with nearby picnicking and camping facilities.
Pittsfield State Forest
Pittsfield (413) 442-8992
4 miles of trails.
Beartown State Forest
Bluehill Rd., Monterey (413) 528-0904
Clarksburg State Park
Middle Rd., Clarksburg (413) 663-8469
Monroe State Forest
Tilda Hill Rd., Monroe (413) 339-5504
Mount Everett State Reservation
East. St., Mount Washington (413) 528-0330
Mount Washington State Forest
East. St., off Rt. 41, Mount Washington (413) 528-0330
Natural Bridge State Park
Rt. 8, North Adams (413) 663-6312
October Mountain State Forest
Woodland Rd., Lee (413) 243-1778
Pittsfield State Forest
Cascade St., Pittsfield (413) 442-8992
Sandisfield State Forest
York Lake St., Sandisfield (413) 258-4774
Savoy Mountain State Forest
Rts. 2 & 116, Savoy (413) 663-8469
Tolland State Forest
Rt. 8, Otis (413) 269-6002
Wahconah State Park
off Rt. 9, Dalton (413) 442-8992
Windsor State Forest
River Rd., off Rt. 9, Windsor (413) 663-8469
Towns
Adams
Alford
Becket
Cheshire
Clarksburg
Dalton
Egremont
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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
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