With all of the snow the Berkshires has been receiving lately, one thing is for sure, folks can partake in winter outdoor activities and at a safe distance. Now that's a winning combination. Great Barrington Trails and Greenways has released a list of winter hike and snowshoe destinations in the southern Berkshires: We have included the locations below (in no particular order):

  • Threemile Hill & CHP Trail 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington - Berkshire South Regional Community Center The 2-mile long trail is a moderate up and down path through the woodland, with a surprising view of Monument Mountain from the Fountain Pond end of the trail. The elevation change is 350 feet. Allot 90 minutes for a one-way walk on this trail. Or enjoy the milder ¾-mile CHP Loop.
  • Lake Mansfield, pond and forest Lake Mansfield Beach Area, Great Barrington - The Lake Mansfield Recreation Area is a community natural resource area featuring a 29-acre pond and the adjacent 29- acre Conservation Forest with a 1/4-mile easy walking loop trail. The area is a vital natural habitat and treasured community space. Visitors are responsible for their own safety and must be mindful of their impact on the delicate habitat and the enjoyment of others.
  • Beartown State Forest 69 Blue Hill Rd, Great Barrington - DCR A winter wonderland, where visitors on cross-country skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles can explore a snow-covered wilderness, 1.5 mile Benedict Pond Loop Trail is a must in any season. Year-round camping is also available.
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  • Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary Sheffield - Mass Audubon At Lime Kiln, there are two miles of well-marked walking trails including two loop trails and a short spur, highlights include views of the Taconic Mountains and Mount Everett.
  • Housatonic Flats RT 7 Great Barrington - Berkshire Natural Resources Council BNRC’s Housatonic Flats Reserve is approximately 26 acres, just north of WSBS radio station, between the Housatonic River and Route 7. The mile-long loop trail in Housatonic Flats’ 26 acres gets you up close and personal with more than a half-mile of Housatonic Riverbank. The floodplain is now reverting to the forest that prevailed before settlers made it pasture. Attractions include abundant birdlife, fish, otter, beaver and deer.
  • Bob’s Way Rte. 23, Monterey Berkshire Natural Resources Council The looped trails and 263 acres of Bob’s Way provide typical New England landscapes: forested small hills, old foundations and stonewalls, a wetland, and a beaver pond. The outer loop takes about one hour. Two crossing paths can extend or shorten hikes, and one rises to the land’s high point, with a bench and an overlook.
  • Alford Springs Mountain Road, Alford Alford Springs, 899 acres of mostly forested ridgeline, has more than six miles of trails for hikers, snowshoers, seasoned cross-country skiers, hunters and berry-pickers. The preserve, named for feeder streams of Alford Brook and the Green River, offers vistas of Greylock and Tom Ball mountains and Alford Valley.

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