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Bartholomew's Cobble: Located in Sheffield, MA. Beside the winding Housatonic River rises Bartholomew's Cobble, a natural rock garden of ferns and rare wildflowers. Visitors may explore this delicate woodland community by walking Ledges Interpretive Trail. A network of other trails leads through forest, meadow and pastureland to the top of Hulburt's Hill with its magnificent views of the Housatonic valley.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 25 minutes



Savoy Mountain: Located in Florida, MA. During the summer, interpretive programs are offered at the park. These programs include guided hikes, natural and cultural history walks, slideshows, games and exhibits at the Interpretive Center. Approximately 20 miles of hiking traits offer the visitor a variety of choices. The trails are highlighted by natural or man-made features, such as Tannery Falls, Spruce Hill, Tyler Swamp and Bog Pond.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 1 1/2 hours


Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary: Located in Pittsfield, MA, Canoe Meadows features 262 acres of fields, wetlands, woods and croplands bordered by the wildlife-rich Housatonic River. The sanctuary has three miles of nature trails and a small observation building overlooking a beaver wetland.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 40 minutes


Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary: Located in Lenox, MA. Encompasses 1,500 acres of forest, brooks, beaver ponds, meadows and slopes of beautiful Lenox Mountain. The sanctuary's vast landscape also features a hemlock gorge, a limestone cobble, a hummingbird garden, seven miles of scenic trails, and May-to-October trailside museum.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 30 minutes


Housatonic River Walk: Located in Great Barrington, MA, this walking trail and greenway along the Housatonic River in downtown Great Barrington is a work-in-progress by community volunteers. Enjoy completed sections or join in the ongoing volunteer work effort

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 15 minutes


Monument Mountain: Located in Great Barrington, MA. The mountain is 1,735 feet at its peak, overlooking the hills and valleys of southern Berkshire County. Three miles of trails lead through the canopy forest of white pine and oaks with tulip trees, maples, chestnut saplings and mountain laurel. Rock outcrops hide small caves and several streams wind through the forest.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 15 minutes


Mount Everett State Reservation: Located in Monroe, MA. The dome of Mount Everett (alt. 2,624) -- one of the highest mountains in the Berkshires -- is a scenic landmark. A short walk from the parking lot is rewarded by spectacular views. The reservation is also home to many notable wild plant species.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 48 minutes


Bash Bish Falls State Park: Located in Mount Washington, MA. The waters of Bash Bish Falls begin at a spring high in Mount Washington and tumble into an aquamarine pool at the bottom of a deep snakelike gorge. After the 200-foot plunge of the Falls, Bash Bish Brook continues on a gentler course through New York State until it finally joins the Hudson River on its way to the Atlantic.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 48 minutes


Beartown State Forest: Located in Monterey, MA. Thirty miles of trails cross over 10,000 acres of prime forested hills, swamps, beaver ponds and clear, flowing brooks, flush with grouse, turkey and a variety of flora and fauna, portions of which commingle with South Lee. Accessible from Route 102 in the summer, this is one of the lushest spots in Massachusetts, great for picnicking or hiking (part of the Appalachian Trail cuts through Beartown), especially near beautiful Benedict Pond.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 5 minutes


Natural Bridge State Park: Located in North Adams, MA, this unusual state park is a record of natural events that began over 500 million years ago. The park's natural marble bridge is unique in North America. It is not only a visual delight but a key to understanding our planet's complex evolution.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 1 hour 15 minutes


October Mountain State Park: Located in Becket, MA, October Mountain offers year-round recreational activities, such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding and hiking trails. including the Appalachian Trail. The name October Mountain is reported to have been used first by Herman Melville.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 37 minutes


Otis State Park: Located in Otis, MA, this forest, comprising over 3,800 acres, was established in 1923. The highest elevation is about 1,600 feet. Hunting and fishing are allowed on this forest in accordance with State Fish and Game laws.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 10 minutes


The Balanced Rock Park: Located in Pittsfield, MA, not far from the little sparkling lake of Pontosuc, stands the "balanced rock." It is a great block of white marble, tons and tons in weight, and standing just poised on a little rock beneath. There is an Indian legend that goes with this rock but you have to go there to hear the story.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 40 minutes


The Appalacian Trail: Nearly ninety miles of the Appalachian Trail wind through Berkshire County. Hike for a day or take advantage of the numerous overnight shelters for long trips. Many of the parks listed above such as Beartown Park are included in the "Trail."

Distance from Moore Cottage: As close at 5 minutes up to 2 hours.


The DAR State Park: Located in Goshen, MA. During the summer D.A.R. offers a popular beach for swimming on Upper Highland Lake and a shady picnic area. A group picnic pavilion can be reserved in advance. More than 15 miles of marked trails wind through the woods, offering year-round opportunities for hiking and horseback riding. The fire tower on Moore Hill, offering wonderful views, is a popular destination.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 1 1/2 hours


The Mount Greylock State Park: Located in Lanesborough, MA. The 3,491-foot peak, accessible by car, is the highest peak in Massachusetts, and offers visitors views of up to 100 miles. The 92-foot high War Veterans' Memorial Tower, built in 1932 and restored in 1975, is open daily during the summer and fall. The scenic overlook and Bascom Lodge at the summit (which serves meals to the public) are wheelchair-accessible.

Distance from Moore Cottage: Approx 1 hour 15 minutes


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