Beartown State Forest Area Trails

MODERATE 16 reviews
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Beartown State Forest Area Trails is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Great Barrington, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1158 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

From the NE part of the parking lot take the loop trail that connects to the Appalachian Trail. Take the AT in the N direction (white blazed trail). Continuing on the AT, just before crossing a brook bridge, there will be a small side trail (short walk) that will take you to a beaver pond. After the power line, take the wood road that travels to the west (leaving the AT). Turn north (right) at the Ski and Bridle Trail (red triangles). Upon reaching Mount Wilcox Rd turn left, and walk downhill for 1/2 mi. Return via the Turkey trail and a CCC wood rd. On the right hand side of the wood rd you can enjoy the Pond. Reach your car via the northern portion of the loop trail.

hiking
7 days 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.

hiking
9 days ago

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2 months ago

Saturday, June 04, 2016

following this app, you only get 1 really nice view (the Ledges on the A.T. section), after that, it's pretty much a typical trail. because this trail is made up of a mix of trails in the area, there are a lot of shared access (dirt bikes, atv's) power line "trails" that are not groomed well, and some roads. I enjoyed myself, but can't say that this particular route was inspiring. I would, however, use this route for trail run training, there are a good amount of ups and downs, but it's mostly level. few roots and rocks, but not too much to suffer!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hiked from parking lot, around the lake and up to the Lookout Point. Lovely view of Western Berkshires all the way to the Catskills. FYI, trail was quite slippery with fallen leaves.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

The AT through here is not well marked heading South after crossing the Bear Mountain Road. The blazes are faded and few. There isn't a phone signal until near the top of the mountain. Beautiful land and surroundings. Very, very wooded.

hiking
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

hiking
Saturday, December 27, 2014

hiking
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Beartown was great. We only took a short hike on the Lookout Trail. It was a cool vista at the end. I posted a video of my stay there the hike is included. We stayed at site 8.

hiking
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Only really got a chance to check out the Pond Loop Trail and a small part of the AT, but it was a great walk. I can't wait to come back and explore more.

hiking
Thursday, September 19, 2013

hiking
Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hiked the Bridle, MTN, Bike Trail (9.2 miles) starting & ending at Lake Benedict. LOVED IT!!!!!!! The last 1.5 miles are overgrown and need new trail markings, a bit easy to briefly get lost.

walking
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Good walk around Benedict Pond, with enjoyable spots to sit and view birds and nature.