One of the greatest attractions in the area is nature. That is why many come here. Here are some ideas on how and where to best enjoy its beauty
Berkshire Hills Country Club The only A.W. Tillinghast golf course in MA. the beautifully groomed 18 hole course and spectacular views make BHCC the perfect choice for any individual or family.
350 Benedict Road Pittsfield MA 01201 413.447.9429www.berkshirehillscc.com
Cranwell Golf Club Magnificent views, tree-lined fairways and naturally contoured greens have been carefully preserved for 80 years since this beautiful Berkshire course was built. 18 holes.
55 Lee Road Lenox MA 01240 413.637.1364www.cranwell.com
Greenock Country Club Redesigned by Donald Ross, the course stands out as a masterpiece from the classic age. Greenock’s rather generous fairways suit all levels of players. 9 holes.
220 West Park Street Lee MA 01238 413.243.3323greenockcc.com
Hotchkiss Golf Course The course circles the campus of the Hotchkiss School. Designed by Seth Raynor in 1924, it still retains some of the best examples of his work in New England. 9 holes.
Route 112 Lakeville CT 06039 860.435.4400www.hotchkiss.org
Wahconah Country Club Established in 1930 this is a semi-private golf course. It was ranked 25th in New England Journal of Golf's top 100 public access courses in all of New England. 18 holes.
20 Orchard Road Dalton MA 01226 413.684.1333www.wahconahcountryclub.com
Waubeeka Golf Links Golfers can take in awesome views and see Berkshire wildlife. Golf Boston ranks Waubeeka 35th statewide and New England Golf Journal ranks it 93rd in public courses. 18 holes.
137 New Ashford Road Williamstown MA 01267 413.458.8355www.waubeeka.com
Appalachian Trail A marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine running through many towns in the Berkshires.
South Egremont MA 01258 413.528.8002www.appalachiantrail.org
Bash Bish Falls State Forest Noted for its spectacular scenery and breathtaking views. this is one of Massachusetts' most dramatic and highest single-drop waterfall.
RD 3 East Street Mt Washington MA 01258 413.528.0330www.mass.gov
Berkshire HIking berkshirehiking.com
Berkshire Natural Resources Council BNRC maintains over 50 miles of trails on dozens of reserves from Alford and Sandisfield to North Adams. Here are their top ten recommended trail walks.
20 Bank Row Pittsfield MA 01201 413.499.0596www.bnrc.org
Harlem Valley Rail Trail A paved bicycle and pedestrian path on the former railroad track that connected New York City with upstate New York. It's great for walking, running, bicycling and cross-country skiing.
51 South Center Street Millerton NY 12546 518.789.9591www.hvrt.org
Haystack Mountain State Park Travel the twisting mountain road, hike the rugged trail to the top and be astounded at the beauty of mountain laurel in June and spectacular colors of foliage in the fall.
Route 272 Norfolk CT 06058 860.424.3200www.ct.gov
Housatonic Meadows State Park In the rock-strewn valley of the Housatonic River amid the rugged hills of the Northwestern uplands, an ideal setting for a variety of outdoor recreational activities.
Route 7 Sharon CT 06069 860.927.3238www.ct.gov
Jug End State Reservation By preserving this over 1100 acre property and making it accessible to all, hikers can disappear for a while into a serene natural environment and discover scenic areas.
Jug End Road Mount Washington MA 01258 413.528.0330www.berkshirehiking.com
Macedonia Brook State Park Two peaks within the Park are near 1,400 feet in elevation and offer outstanding views of the Catskills and Taconic mountains.
159 Macedonia Brook Road Kent CT 06757 860 927 3238www.ct.gov
Monument Mountain Ascend this popular peak and from its summit gaze across the spectacular landscapes of the Housatonic River Valley and the southern Berkshires.
Route 7 Great Barrington MA 01230 413.298.3239www.thetrustees.org
Mount Everett Reservation The 1,356 acre state reservation surrounds "The Dome" of Mount Everett - including Guilder Pond and a path leading to the top of Mount Everett summit for breathtaking views.
East Street Mount Washington MA 01258 413.528.0330www.mass.gov
Mount Hunger Gem of Monterey Preservation Land Trust, on 385 acres and open to the public, this property has miles of trails, stunning views, historic sites and a great variety of natural landscapes.
Mount Hunger Road Monterey MA 01245 email@example.com
Norfolk Land Trust Trails A comprehensive system of hiking and skiing trails offer the opportunity for nature study, photography or just unwinding. Trails begin from right near the town green in Norfolk.
Norfolk CT 06058norfolklandtrust.org
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Seven miles of trails, access to Lenox Mountain summit, boardwalk on Pike’s Pond and active beaver colony. Summer camp. Housatonic canoe trips.
472 West Mountain Road Lenox MA 01240 413.637.0320massaudubon.org
Questing Named after the Questing Beast, this 438-acre open space preserve includes hiking trails, meadows, hay fields, vernal pools and streams. Open for hiking, picnicking, cross country skiing and hunting.
New Marlborough MA 01230www.thetrustees.org
Audubon Sharon Center Sharon's community nature center connecting people to nature for 50 years. A wonderful trail walk for adults and children alike.
325 Cornwall Bridge Road Sharon CT 06069 860.364.0520sharon.audubon.org
Beartown State Forest 12,000 acres with everything for the outdoor enthusiast. In summer there's hiking, swimming, paddling, and mountain biking. In winter snowshoe, cross country ski, snowmobile and hunt.
69 Blue Hill Road Monterey MA 01245 413.528.0904www.mass.gov
Buttercup Farm Audubon Sanctuary Six hundred forty acres of diverse habitats with rolling and open grasslands. Six miles of trails, over 80 species of birds. Hours: Dawn to dusk.
Route 82 Stanfordville NY 12506 518.325.5203www.dec.ny.gov
Campbell Falls State Park Reserve Visit a Connecticut State Park or Forest and explore the wealth of diverse natural areas and unique features that will make your experience memorable
Old Spaulding Road Norfolk CT 06058 860.482.1817www.ct.gov
Dennis Hill State Park Hike to the summit of this 240-acre estate for panoramic views reaching as far away as New Hampshire. Fall foliage season makes Dennis Hill an autumn wonderland.
Route 272 Norfolk CT 06058www.ct.gov
Dry Hill Wander over 200 acres of forest and a maze of thickets on a trail that traces a small brook and passes vernal pools and other wetlands. Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset.
Old North Road (Harmon Road) New Marlborough MA 01230 413.298.3239www.thetrustees.org
Goose Pond Reservation Paddle across Lower Goose Pond in a wilderness area protecting more than a quarter-mile of rocky shoreline. Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset.
Access via Boat Ramp on Ridge Street Lee MA 01238 413.298.3239www.thetrustees.org
Great Mountain Forest 6000 acres of permanently protected land in Norfolk and Falls Village, this research and education forest with hiking trials, a maple sugarhouse and cross country skiing.
201 Windrow Road Norfolk CT 06058 860.824.8188www.greatmountainforest.org
Kent Falls State Park Wander across the covered bridge, hike the falls and feel the mist on your face as water cascades 250' down on its way to join the Housatonic River. The park is a great place to picnic.
159 Macedonia Brook Road Kent CT 06757 860.927.3238www.ct.gov
Miles Wildlife Sanctuary A self guided natural experience.
99 West Cornwall Road Sharon CT 06069 860.364.0520sharon.audubon.org
Mohawk State Forest One of the state's largest parks it offers hikers a 30 mile trail system, traversing open fields, deep forests and steep mountainsides. The views are spectacular.
Route 4 Cornwall CT 06756 203.788.7765berkshirehiking.com
Stissing Mountain and Park Stissing Mountain rises 1,400 feet. The Park includes a lake for swimming and boating, basketball courts, playing fields, areas for roller blading, skate boarding and bike riding.
Pine Plains NY 12567www.dec.ny.gov
Taconic State Park Copake Falls and Rudd Pond offer an extensive trail system with terrain that varies from easy to challenging. One can swim, picnic, hike and bike, fish and boat on the scenic 64 acre pond.
59 Rudd Pond Road Millerton NY 12546 518.789.3059nysparks.state.ny
Thompson Pond Nature Preserve At the foot of Stissing Mountain and open dawn to dusk for passive recreational and educational uses, such as cross-country skiing, hiking and bird study.
Pine Plains NY 914.244.3217www.nature.org