Berkshires Fall Foliage hiking

It’s hard to believe that summer is already coming to a close but there’s no reason to fret. That just means we’re coming up on one of the most beautiful times of the year: Berkshires fall foliage season!

Summer can be a lot of fun but it also often seems to go by so quickly. Luckily, cool and colorful autumn is always trailing right behind, a multi-hued pageant of natural beauty. That’s especially true here in the Berkshires. Our fall foliage season typically begins in mid-to-late September, and peaks in early-to-mid October.

There are numerous ways to take in this stunning seasonal sight: driving, hiking, biking, paddling, and more. You may need to add a layer or two to stay warm but an autumn’s show is well worth it. Besides, after a day’s leaf-peeping, there’s nothing better than curling up in front of the fire with a delicious cup of hot chocolate or tea at our Berkshires inn.

Berkshires Fall Foliage Drives

The Berkshires are an excellent place for a drive no matter what the time of year. Our quiet country roads take you past pleasant rolling hills, cow-dotted fields, and charming New England towns. Under autumn’s colorful spell, the beauty of the scenery only trebles. An autumn leaf-peeping drive is one of the very best ways to see the Berkshires.

Route 7, between Great Barrington and North Adams, is always a good option with lots of color to take in along the way. Besides you can literally “top off” your trip with a drive to the summit of Mount Greylock in Adams, the highest point in Massachusetts.

Berkshires Fall Foliage drive

We’re happy to help you plan your fall foliage drives or day-trips, or you can use this handy Berkshire Scenic Driving Tours guide.

Leaf-Peeping Hiking and Biking

For those looking to get a little closer to the color, the Berkshires are also home to some fabulous hiking and biking trails.

The almost 13 mile-long (20.9 km) Ashuwillticook Rail Trail offers a great variety of lush scenery with parking lots and restrooms along the way. This converted railroad track running between Adams and Lanesborough, is excellent for walking, running, biking, and bird-watching.

Other options include Greylock GlenMass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and Notchview.

Let us know what type of hiking experience your after and we’ll get you pointed in the right direction.

Autumn Paddling

Berkshires Fall Foliage paddling

Boating enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities for a Berkshires fall foliage paddle trip.

The area is loaded with lovely lakes, reservoirs, and rivers to explore. Pontoosuc Lake, Onota Lake, Laurel Lake, Goose Pond, and more all offer excellent autumn paddling opportunities. Boat rentals and guides are also not far way.

Whether you’re after a calm float on the surface of a lake like the Stockbridge Bowl or a guided river trip down the Housatonic, the Berkshires have it.

No matter what shape your fall foliage vacation takes, Applegate Inn is here to help. Come, let us share the best of the Berkshires with you!