Spring is coming and thoughts of sunny days in the great outdoors along with it. One of the best ways to take in the beauty of western Massachusetts is with a day hike along The Appalachian Trail, just ten minutes from our Berkshires B&B.
90 miles of the trail run through Berkshire County, MA, offering easy access from our Lee MA bed and breakfast. If hiking along the Appalachian Trail is something you’ve wanted to do, now is your chance!
About The Trail
The 2,193 mile long Appalachian Trail recreational footpath leads from Georgia’s Springer Mountain to Mount Katahdin in Maine. In between, the trail passes through 12 other states, including Massachusetts.
The Appalachian Trail, aka the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, was initially conceived of by forester Benton MacKaye in 1921. MacKaye envisioned a path that would connect small farms and wilderness areas along the Appalachian Mountains with work and study camps for city-dwellers.
The trail has grown and changed some since those early days. Today, it is primarily used for recreational hiking, passing through 14 different states: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Berkshires Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail
The Massachusetts section of the Appalachian Trail offers a variety of long-distance and day hiking opportunities. The nearest access to the trail is in October Mountain State Forest but many others exist.
Two of the more popular, Appalachian Trail day hikes near Applegate Inn include:
Cobble Hill is a 3.4 mile, round trip hike leading to the Tyringham Cobble Reservation. Along the way you’ll cross the Hop Brook bridge, pass through a lovely grove of hemlock, cross a small stream, and take in expansive views from the top of Cobble Hill.
Warner Hill is an easy, 1.4 mile round trip hike. The trail takes you through a dense evergreen forest to the top of Warner Hill, marked by a cairn of rocks.
That’s Not All
The Cobble Hill and Warner Hill day hikes are just two quick, local examples. A great many others exist and we’d be more than happy to help you choose. Most simple day hikes in our area require no fees or permits. We’ll even help you out by shuttling you to one trail head while dropping a car off at the other.
After your hike, head back to our Berkshires inn and treat those sore muscles to a session in a whirlpool tub or steam shower.
Learn more about hiking the Appalachian Trail by visiting www.appalachiantrail.org.