Looking for a place to take a post-turkey stroll? Want to dodge the Black Friday crowds & celebrate Fresh Air Friday instead?

Check out these 9 Berkshire County locations perfect for an after-dinner walk or a needed break from the holiday crush.

These lands and of present-day Berkshire County are the homelands of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, who were forcibly displaced to Wisconsin by colonization. We respect and honor their continued significance to the nation today. To learn more visit, mohican.com 

Greylock Glen Meadow, Adams

FREE / 1,063 Acres

One of our all-time favorite places to get outdoors with the kids. We reviewed this trail in May and returned again January 1st of 2020 to kick off the New Year. We even made a custom scavenger hunt for our adventure, the kids loved it! An easy loop of packed gravel, perfect for a post-dinner jaunt.

Suggested Route – Glen Meadow Loop 1.57 miles

The Glen has multi-use trails for hikers, naturalists, skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers, and snowmobiles.

Read about our Greylock Glen adventure HERE.

Old Mill Reserve, Dalton/Hinsdale

FREE / 127 Acres

A Berkshire Natural Resources Council property, the first 0.7 miles of the Old Mill Trail is accessible. Remnants of a 19th-century textile mill are found along the river’s edge. The first half of this hike along the Housatonic River is accessible. Keep an eye out for hidden fairy stones and don’t forget to hide them again before you leave.

Suggested route – 3 miles out & back. Be sure to cross Route 8 for the most incredible views alongside the Housatonic River.

Read about our Old Mill Trail adventure HERE.

 

Hollow Field Reserve, Richmond

FREE / 660 acres

Another BNRC property, the 2-mile fields trail offers the best view of Yokun Ridge with minimal effort. Enjoy a hike through the hayfields with an option to extend your exertions into the forest. Open 9-5 p.m. until further notice.

Suggested routeFields Trail: 2 miles through hayfields with moderate elevation changes.

Parson's Marsh Reserve, Lenox

FREE / 183 acres

This trail on Undermountain Road is fully accessible, making it a great option for strollers and wheelchairs. Wooden boardwalks take you through the marshy wetlands that have always reminded us of Jurassic Park!

Suggested Route –1,800-foot accessible trail, one-way.

Dorothy Frances Rice Wildlife Sanctuary, Peru

FREE / 300 Acres

Woodlands, meadows and a pond are featured on six different colored trails. There is a well-detailed map at the cabin area to assist in navigating the trails, each of which is a half-mile to one-mile long. Check out the trail log for photos of wildlife that roam the area. 

 Suggested Route – Take the 0.5 mile Yellow Trail off of the wood road where you park, it will take you to the caretaker cabin and the map/intersection of all trails.

Read about our DFR adventure HERE.

The Boulders Reserve, Dalton/Pittsfield

FREE / 645 Acres

Another BNRC property with entrances in Pittsfield (Hubbard Ave), and Dalton (Gulf Road). Hike the blue trail to the glacial erratic Boulders from the Pittsfield side or enjoy interactive Everyday Exploration signs along the green trail in Dalton.

Suggested RouteGreen Trail: 1.4 mile lollipop that currently features interactive signage.

For more information click HERE

Bullard Woods, Stockbridge

FREE / 52 Acres

 Visit a rare stand of old-growth forest along the shores of the Stockbridge Bowl. The woods were originally part of the estate surrounding the Highwood manor house, now part of Tanglewood. Hiking trails lead to the shoreline, and a brief walk through the woods, connects to trails at Gould Meadows.

Suggested Route – 1.25 miles of easy walking trails

Read about our Bullard Woods adventure HERE.

Sheep Hill, Williamstown

FREE / 50 Acres

Located off of Cold Spring Road, this former dairy farm now owned by Williamstown Rural Lands will get your heart pumping and your eyes awestruck. Take a stunning hike through the meadow and enjoy the views.

Suggested RouteMeadow Loop: 1.5 miles with elevation changes.

 

Wahconah Falls State Park, Dalton

FREE

Located off of Route 9 before the Windsor town line, you’ll find a 40-foot waterfall at the end of a short walk. Wahconah Falls can be a magical place during the colder months but be cautious of your footing as rocks can be slippery or hidden in ice or snow.

Suggested Route – A 0.5 mile trail follows the upper falls to the town reservoir, returns to the parking lot via the dirt road or retrace your steps. 

Read about our Wahconah Falls adventure HERE.