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Beartown State Forest has two distinctly different worlds between the summer and winter. During the warm months the pristine 35-acre Benedict Pond attracts swimmers, boaters and fishermen. An extensive network of trails on over 12,000 acres offers visitors a chance to glimpse deer, bear, bobcat, fisher and other wildlife, including the park's namesake, the Black Bear. Brooks, beaver ponds, rich deciduous forest, flowering shrubs and wildflowers and fall foliage are plentiful. The Appalachian Trail passes near Benedict Pond and offers spectacular wooded views. The other half of the year the forest becomes a winter wonderland, where visitors on cross-country skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles can explore a snow-covered wilderness. The 1.5 mile Benedict Pond Loop Trail is a must in any season. Year-round camping is also available.

Short but sweet, steep at places but that depends on if you're running or not. If you're a runner (or even if not) definitely do Ice Glen in the same trip- very cool!

hiking
1 month ago

Great view from the tower.

Very rocky and beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Beautiful! great hike up to the tower. Great bridge over the little river.
Just lovely. Thanks to all who maintain the trail!

hiking
3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

I took my 4 and 6 year old to Laura's Tower and the Ice Glen and they HAD A BLAST! It was definitely at the upper level of their ability (the vertical assent to the tower and the scramble to the glen took a lot out of them) but they said it was the best hike of their time in the Berkshires.

Magical trail with nice light rock scramble towards the end. Short, and ends a bit abruptly in someone's backyard.

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely walking, although parts of the trail aren't kept up well, but the view from the "look out point" is excellent. About two miles near the end of the trail is on a road, which was a nice respite from the brush and bugs.

4 months ago

This is a beautiful rather magical trail through the woods and rock formations.

on Ice Glen Trail

4 months ago

on Ice Glen Trail

4 months ago

Map is incorrect- you cannot go in a loop- runs into private property off Ice Glen Rd