Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Pittsfield with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Good hike thru deciduous forest (lots of oak acorns underfoot) on a hot summer day. We hiked the loop counterclockwise, walking along the Shaker road past Shaker Reservoir to the junction with the Shaker Mountain Trail. Ascent was moderately steep with good footing. Some artifacts (bridge construction, stone walls, clearings) are visible from the trail. Signage for aqua trail is pretty good, and there are even posts with trail names at many junctions. Descent and ascent to Mount Holy is unremarkable and relatively easy. Again, no views from summit of Mount Holy, but a quick sidetrack on the summit will take you to a handsome stone wall. Descent along Shaker Brook is quick but somewhat rutted by ATV use. Good trail to stay out of the sun and the bugs were almost non-existent on our hike.

hiking
3 months ago

5/3/18. Still a little muddy in places but a very nice hike.

Park in the rest area and with your back to the road, walk left towards the forest. There is an opening in the fence where the trail begins.

The trail is well marked in the beginning with Taconic Crest blue blazes then gets a bit sporadic. The snow hid the trail at times and icy spots. There wasn't enough snow for snowshoes but ice cleats would have been helpful and would have eliminated a few wipeouts.

Overall it's a nice and relatively easy rolling (see contour map) hike loop.

hiking
8 months ago

Terrific, moderate difficulty hike with some historical landmarks along the way. From the paved lot across from the Shaker Village, this trail passes a lake and then winds along a gorgeous mountain brook featuring the ruins of several 1800s Shaker domiciles and industrial features. The first ascent is fairly easy, but there are a couple downed trees to scramble over. Coming down the rear side of the first peak is steep with some damp & slick patches. I spotted some great wildlife along here, including deer, blue jays, and even an owl. It's not hard to follow the trail as long as you follow the triangular green blazes, which point the directions to follow at trail crossings. There are a few stretches where the blazes are not prominent, and it's easy to wonder if you've gone off trail -- I wouldn't want to do this walk in the wintertime where the trail itself might be obscured. Although there is never a standout view of the surrounding scenery, the Shaker ruins and the accompanying trail-signs are very interesting. My main reason for giving a 3/5 rating is that the trail is only sporadically well-maintained, and that ATV use has created muddy ruts along much of the back half of the walk. If some trees could be cleared and more blazes put up, this would be a definite 4 star hike. Still, it's a great long walk in the woods with wonderful Shaker ruins and plenty of solitude.

The sign there says no running, but it was a pretty little jog, albeit flat.

As far as pavement goes, this is pretty nice. Clean, never very crowded and plenty of distance for hours of sight-seeing exercise!

road biking
10 months ago

Fast and flat with very scenic views.... Not too crowded, especially in the rural sections.

hiking
11 months ago

Good hike with decent elevation and terrain changes. No big "ta-da" at the end but a good walk in heavy canopied woods. There are off-road vehicle trails that intersect and at times used in this loop. Park on paved pull off across from Shaker Village (800 ft. west of the Village). Trail starts behind gate. You will get to a bridge that crosses the water on right. Stay to right and take the Shaker Mountain Loop (it says 2.4 miles but this loop is twice that long). Once passing the summit near the radio tower at the top, you will see markers with green arrows (white dot). Don't take the CCC or Shaker Brook Trail - up mountain again until you reach Holy Mountain. Trail then leads back to Rt. 20.

fishing
Sunday, July 23, 2017

A day out to fish the stream. Beautiful day and caught a nice rainbow trout!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

If you park at the trailhead, you'll need to walk 2.5 miles before seeing the beautiful lake shown in pictures. I recommend driving down and parking at the additional trail entrance a few miles in. This is much closer to the gorgeous view!

walking
Friday, February 24, 2017

Use the trail all the time. Gets a bit crowded in the afternoon, but head farther north (towards Lanesboro/Cheshire) and it gets less so. Glad to have this easy access resource nearby!

cross country skiing
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

nice and flat !

walking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

some icy spots on trail, but that's expected for January. trail was well used today. disgusted by how many piles of dog poop there were.

The entrance to this trail is close to the end of the rest area parking drive.

We had some trouble finding the beginning of the trail. When you arrive at this location, it is a rest area, but there is not much signage about the trail. Unfortunately we went up the jeep trail/fire road to the right for sometime before realizing that we were not on the right path.

Once we got on the path, the trail was well-kept and it was a nice hike. It would definitely do it again.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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walking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This is a great trail but none of it is in Pittsfield. It ends at the Lanesborough Mall.

hiking
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Easy

walking
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Nice flat easy trail .

road biking
Thursday, May 28, 2015

We rode our Fat Bikes with studded tires here was a nice winter ride ....

road biking
Monday, July 14, 2014

A nice flat and easy paved trail. Great for the entire family. The views were great even on our cloudy day. Diane's Twist Ice Cream shop is along the way which gives the kids the little extra boost. Traveled 1hr 45 min to get there but well worth the trip.

road biking
Monday, October 21, 2013

Awesome trail for biking & walking. 10.6 miles from end to end. Nice easy sudle decline heading east and Just enough incline heading back west to get the blood flowing. The Scenery is worth the visit. Plenty of spots for taking pictures & benches along the way to rest. There's even a restaurant or two right on the path.. Don't think about going; just go, you won't be sorry....

hiking
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Nice trail with great scenery. Flat train path Awesome time

road biking
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

This is a great rail trail. We started in Lanesborough at the Berkshire Mall and rode to the Adams Visitor Center. The trail is flat and quite scenic. About a third of the distance is along the Cheshire Reservoir and the Berkshire mountains make a nice backdrop. This is well worth the two hour drive and we plan to do it again soon.

road biking
Thursday, July 12, 2012

The trail passes 3 lakes and has a lot of scenery along it and is great for biking and walking. It is a farly flat trail

road biking
Thursday, July 12, 2012

The trail passes 3 lakes and has a lot of scenery anlong it and is great for biking and walking. It is a farly flat trail

road biking
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a paved bike path that spans from Adams, MA to Lanesborough, MA. The scenery along the trail is absolutely beautiful! From gorgeous forest, to streams, waterfalls, ponds, and even a lake, this trail takes you through some of the best of what nature has to offer! Included in the great scenic views is a fabulous view of Mt. Greylock, the tallest mountain in Massachusetts.
This rail trail primarily follows along route 8. However, it is set away from the road so far that you rarely feel like you are any where near it. There are also benches and picnic tables dotted along the entire length of the trail.
The trail is a very easy bike or walk and is suitable for families with children of all ages. There is plenty of parking at either end of the trail and at several access points in between. This bike / walk / skate / ski is definitely worth a visit.

hiking
1 day ago

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