Get Outdoors

Your insider’s guide to getting outside in the northern Berkshires.

Many Types of Hikes

  • Art in Nature: Thomas Schutte’s Crystal atop the Clark’s Stone Hill (Williamstown). Challenge level: easy
  • Butterfly and bird watching: Mountain Meadow and The Spruces (Williamstown). Challenge level: easy
  • Gentle walk through manicured pastures: Sheep Hill (Williamstown). Challenge level: easy to moderate open grassy trails with some steep sections.
  • Short, steep, and sweet: Pine Cobble (Williamstown). Challenge level: moderate.
  • Panoramic views of the Hopper and the Greylock Range: Haley Farm Trail to Stony Ledge (Williamstown). Challenge level: moderate to difficult.
  • The ultimate day hike (with food incentive): Climb to the summit of Mount Greylock for three-state views and a meal at Bascom Lodge (dinner reservations required). Challenge level: moderate to challenging depending on which route you take and whether you hike or get a ride down.

All Kinds of Bikes

  • Mountain Bike: Pittsfield State Forest (Pittsfield) and Greylock Glen (Adams). Both offer awesome single track.
  • Gravel Bike: Ride north to Vermont and pick up great gravel loops. Check out this loop from Williams College Prof and bike packing expert Joe Cruz.
  • Downhill Lift-served Bike: Jiminy Peak (Hancock). Full suspension bikes and body armor are recommended!
  • Road Bike: Ride up the highest mountain in Massachusetts! Approach Mount Greylock from North Adams or Lanesborough (less steep) and ride down the other side for a 35+ mile loop. Or skip the climb and bike around the base of the mountain or any of the country roads in the region. Check in at The Spoke for more ideas or for a tune up.

Epic Swimming Holes

Hoosic River Watershed

The Hoosic River flows north from Adams, through North Adams, Williamstown, and Pownal. You can enjoy many low impact recreational activities along the river and its tributaries. Go fishing, take a bike ride, hike, and paddle! The Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) is the place to go to learn more.

Fishing for Everyone

More Ways to Get Outdoors

The Most Natural Sleeping Accomodations

We look forward to seeing you on the trails!


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