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Wildflower Hikes

Autumn Wildflower Hike and Walks in the Berkshires.

Wildflower Hikes 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 you–in doing so, you may disturb our delicate ecosystem. Enjoy!

BARTHOLOMEW'S COBBLE

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.

PLEASANT VALLEY
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.

MOUNT GREY-LOCK
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.