Basin Pond Lee Ma

Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts staying at Applegate Inn will be happy to know that one of the area’s most popular trails is just 10 minutes away. Basin Pond Trail will take you through woods, across streams, and over a boulder field to a scenic beaver pond and the remains of two dams.

Basin Pond is located in October Mountain State Forest, just ten minutes down Route 20 from our Berkshires bed and breakfast.

Once upon a time the area was going to be developed, or twice upon a time, actually: once for real estate, then again for hydroelectric power. Whatever the reasons, the dams broke in both instances, leading to terrible damage and even loss of life.

Luckily for us all, in 1992 Basin Pond was conserved forever. Today, the area provides healthy habitat for wildlife and an excellent place for a summer hike.

Hiking Basin Pond Trail

Basin Pond Trail Lee Ma

One of the main reasons Basin Pond Trail is so popular is that, unlike so many other Berkshire hiking trails, much of it leads through the woods.

The well marked trail offers a moderately challenging, 2.5 mile hike, round trip, with 200 feet of elevation gain. The small parking lot and trailhead are easy to find, just off Becket Road. In general, the trail is clear and level but there are a couple of stream crossings and other rocky areas where you’ll want to be cautious.

The trail takes you through a dense hardwood forest with streams, wetlands, and plenty of wildlife. You’ll reach a fork in the trail after crossing a stream, about 20 minutes in.

The left fork leads down through a scenic, boulder-strewn, natural amphitheater with views of the beaver pond. The upper trail, on the other hand, meanders through woodlands and crosses several streams before reconnecting to the main trail.

A short spur leads from where the trails converge to a viewing platform on the remains of one of the ill-fated dams. This is a great place to rest, enjoy a snack, and watch for birds, beavers, and other wildlife.

Basin Pond in Lee MA

Getting There

To reach Basin Pond Trail from Applegate Inn:
Leave the inn, taking a right on W Park Street, then a left onto Maple.
Stay on Maple Street until it reaches Route 20, where you’ll take a left to head East.
Stay on Route 20 for just under 3 miles, until you see Becket Road, where you take a left.
The Basin Pond parking area and trailhead are on your left, about a third of a mile up Becket Road.

Visit www.bnrc.org for trail maps and more information about Basin Pond. You can also find the trail on alltrails.com.