Just past the Olde Forge in Lanesborough, MA is a budding arboretum. As leaves start to fall, leaf hunting makes a great outdoor activity. Take a left off of Route 7 and visit the trees at Bill Laston Memorial Park. Keep scrolling for a FREE printable leaf hunt!
Fall is the perfect time to visit this tiny gem nestled amongst the shadows of the Greylock hills. Take along a Printable Leaf Hunt and try your hand at identifying the different species of trees. Investigate the changing colors, skip some stones in the creek and take in the stunning foliage views.
Once home to the Sunset Drive-in, (can find one of the original car speakers still hiding in the picnic area?), in 2015 the Lanesborough Tree and Forest Committee planted 25 different varieties at the park including:
- Sugar Maple
- Liberty Elm
- Northern Catalpa
- Tulip Tree
- Gingko Biloba
- Honey Locust
- American Sycamore
- River Birch
- American Larch
- Weeping Willow
While you’re there, follow the trail behind the baseball field and explore Talcott Cemetery, a 1773 burial ground whose interments include Revolutionary War Vets and early residents of Lanesborough. On your way out of town, don’t forget to stop and wave to King Elmer, a champion Elm tree that sits just off the edge of Summer Street.
Bill Laston Memorial Park is located just off of N Main Street in Lanesborough, MA.