Autumn Wildflower Hike and Walks in the Berkshires.
In Berkshire County alone, 1,650 species of flowering plants have been found, one of the largest concentrations of species for a
comparable area in the Northeast. The following are areas within which you will see a variety of splendid flowering plants. Take a
leisurely stroll or challenge yourself to a climb, but take a moment to stop and smell the wildflowers. . . and please don't take them with
youin doing so, you may disturb our delicate ecosystem. Enjoy!
Southern Berkshire County
This Trustees of Reservations property is south of the Sheffield town center, near the village of Ashley Falls on the
Connecticut line. Turn right on 7A, then shortly veer right over railroad tracks onto Rannappo Rd., continuing straight at Cooper Hill
Rd. to Weatogue Rd. Parking is on the left.
A large map of the Trustee's property shows numerous trails. A remarkable variety of wildflowers and shrubs grow in the rich river
bottom land, which is laced with limestone. You can cover many of the trails in two hours, allowing time to pause for the flora.
A small donation is required.
Central Berkshire County
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is off the Lenox-Pittsfield Rd. (Rts. 7 & 20). Turn west on W. Dugway Rd. Follow Dugway a mile
until it ends at W. Mountain Rd.; bear left on this gravel road for 0.8 miles. It is closed on Mondays. Maps are available.
Seven miles of trails wind through 1,100 acres of Berkshire uplands and beaver swamps. All the trails heading away from the
administration building are blazed blue, all returning to the center are blazed yellow. Cross trails are blazed white.
Northern Berkshire County
Greylock is the tallest peak in southern New England at 3,491 feet. To get to the Visitor's Center, turn (right from the south, left from
the north) off Rt. 7 onto Main St. in Lanesborough, then right onto Quarry Rd. Turn left onto Rockwell Rd., the Visitor's Center is on
the right. The reservation may also be accessed from Notch Rd. in North Adams. There are many trails to be hiked, some with strenuous
climbs and dangerous descents.
There are public campgrounds, a lodge and other shelters. Enthusiastic interpreters lead walks and conduct programs to
explain the natural and human history of the mountain.
Editor's note: The excursions were excerpted from Hikes & Walks in the Berk-shire Hills, 2nd Edition by Lauren
R. Stevens (Berk-shire House, 1998) Stevens has lived and walked in the Berkshires for 30 years and has written on outdoor recreation
and the environment for most Berkshire regional publications. The book is available in local bookstores.