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Best trails in Pittsfield State Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Pittsfield State Forest, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, forest trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Pittsfield State Forest ranging from 1.5 to 6.7 miles and from 1,181 to 2,293 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Streams, waterfalls and flowering shrubs abound in Pittsfield State Forest. 65 acres of wild azalea fields are a profusion of pink blossoms in June. The forest has two camping areas, two picnic areas and a swimming beach. Fishermen frequent scenic Berry Pond, one of the highest natural water bodies in the state at 2,150 feet in elevation. The vista from the top of Berry Mountain, accessible by auto road from April to December, is a striking panorama and a great place to watch the sun set. 30 miles of trails encourage visitors to escape into the quiet of the state forest which follows the crest of the Taconic Mountain Range separating Massachusetts and New York. Access is available at several locations to the Taconic Crest Trail a 35 mile long hiking trail. The paved three-quarter mile Tranquility Trail is popular with wheelchair-users and other visitors who favor its smooth surface. A wheelchair-accessible picnic area and restroom are located nearby. Nearby Balance Rock State Park is located in the northeast corner of Pittsfield State Forest. Here a huge 165-ton limestone boulder is balanced precariously upon bedrock, a natural curiosity. ATV and Motorcycle Permit Information for 2010 DCR will be offering a limited All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Off Highway Motorcycle (OHM) trail system at Pittsfield State Forest for the 2010 season. Approximately 20 miles of trail has been closed for 2010 to protect resources regulated under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, (M.G.L. c. 131A). Approximately 14 miles of trails will be open for ATV and OHM use beginning Saturday, May 29, 2010. In the interest of public safety, DCR has instituted a required trail permit for ATV and OHM users of Pittsfield State Forest ATV/OHM trails. This process is intended to ensure that overuse of the limited trail system does not present a safety risk to motorized or non-motorized users of the trails. For more information please visit the DCRs Off Highway vehicle page or call (413)499-5112.

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Map of trails in Pittsfield State Forest
Park information
Acreage:
65 acres
Contact
(413) 442-8992
Helpful links
Top trails (9)
#1 - Shaker Mountain Loop via Shaker Trail
Pittsfield State Forest
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Shaker Mountain, 1,835 feet (559 m), is a prominent peak in the Taconic Mountains of western Massachusetts. The mountain is located in Pittsfield State Forest and is named after the nearby Hancock Shaker Village, a former Shaker religious colony and now a historic site. The summit is wooded and is traversed by the Shaker Trail, a loop trail that begins at the historic site. The mountain is wooded with northern hardwood tree species. Wonderful ruins and stone walls to view. Very peaceful location and the trails are not blazed but clearly marked. This hike is moderate to strenuous bring your hiking boots and walking stick. Show more
#2 - Twin Pond via Taconic Crest Trail to Taconic Skyline Trail
Pittsfield State Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
#3 - Holy Mount via Shaker Trail
Pittsfield State Forest
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
Five miles west of Pittsfield. Constructed and maintained by the Boy Scouts of America, this circuit travels wooded, stream, and hilltop sites key to a 19th-cintury Shaker society.Show more
#4 - Berry Pond Trail
Pittsfield State Forest
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 41 m
#5 - Deer Hill, Rotten Apple, Fuzzy Bunny and Bear Claw Loop
Pittsfield State Forest
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
#6 - Turner Trail
Pittsfield State Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
#7 - Shaker Mountain (Short Option)
Pittsfield State Forest
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
#8 - Taconic Crest Trail
Pittsfield State Forest
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
#9 - Tranquility Trail
Pittsfield State Forest
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 17 m