It’s impossible to experience the Berkshires without noticing the most defining geographic features: The mountain peaks that rise above it all. As winter thaws away and spring comes to roost, roads and trails leading to these majestic treasures will be ready to greet you soon. Time to read up, and plan your tours!
The 3,941 foot peak of Mt. Greylock is the tallest in the Berkshires. It is visible for 60 to 90 miles around, greeting visitors to the region with a quiet, but authoritative beauty. It is full of hikes, drives, and views that are part of what give the Berkshires their fame. It is such an icon, that it has its own gin: Greylock Gin, from Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Greylock Gin received a #1 rating from the New York Times.
Berlin Mountain is another prominent presence, with a peak at 2,818ft. It straddles the Western border of Massachusetts and the Eastern border of New York state. Beautiful views of the Hudson Valley await hikers. A variety of trails on the mountain are shared by bikers, hikers, skiers, snowmobilers. The views make the hike worthwhile.
1,739 ft is the height for Monument Mountain. It is a 2.5-mile long quartzite ridgeline, located in Great Barrington and Stockbridge, and it features hiking trails.
Tekoa Mountain is another hiking possibility, a relatively friendly, though steep, hike, with a dramatic view as payoff at the end. At 1,121 ft, though not technically a mountain, it’s a nice day trip. Located in the towns of Russell and Montgomery.
Check out some off-season photos here. You may want to try the Tekoa Mountain Unkamits Path Trail or the Woronoco Ma Trail.
If hiking is your thing, you’ll also want to check out Berkshires Hiking. They provide online information about the Taconic Crest Trail (a prominent hiking trail through the Berkshires and along the NY border into VT).
The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts website also offers links to great leads on outdoor adventures of all kinds.
And as always, we are happy to point you in the direction of whatever resources you may need, when you a planning your Berkshires vacation. Just give us a call (1-800-203-0656)!