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Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the Berkshires

April 25th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the BerkshiresThe Appalachian Trail stretches some 2,200, from Georgia to Maine – and right through the Berkshires of Western MA. In fact, it passes close by our Berkshires B&B, making hiking the Appalachian Trail in the Berkshires a snap!

People come from all over to experience hiking the Appalachian Trail. While many set out on multi-day trips and some hardy souls attempt the full length, many just want to set foot upon the famous track.

Luckily, there are a number of access points and day hikes available right here in the Berkshires. Ninety miles of the trail run along the ridges and valleys of Berkshire County, MA. Better yet, most require no fees or permits for a simple day hike.

We here at Applegate Inn, in Lee, MA love to help our guests realize the dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Let us help you to locate the vantage point or trail that’s right for you. If you plan a one-way hike, as many do, we’re happy to help drop a car off at one trail head and shuttle you to the other.

Below are the details of two popular day hikes on the Appalachian Trail, here in the Berkshires. These are shorter, round-trip hikes, so you won’t need to worry about dropping a car off at a trail head.

Day Hiking the Appalachian Trail Near Lee, MA

Cobble Hill
Cobble Hill is a 3.4 mile, round trip hike starting at Main Road in Lee, 5 miles Southeast of US 20. Park alongside the road and head South on the trail. after .1 miles, you’ll cross the Hop Brook bridge. At mile 0.8, you’ll pass through a lovely grove of hemlock and cross a small stream. You’ll cross Jerusalem Road some 0.3 miles later, and find yourself in Tyringham Cobble Reservation. Another 0.3 miles from the road crossing, you’ll come to a side trail (the 0.3 miles) that leads to the top of Cobble Hill and rewards your efforts with an expansive view. Return home the same way you came.

Warner Hill
Warner Hill offers an easy, 1.4 mile round trip hike. The trail starts off from Blotz Road, 6 miles east out of Pittsfield. From Blotz Road, you’ll head South on the trail, which climbs up .7 miles to the top of Warner Hill through a dense evergreen forest. A rock cairn a few feet left of the Trail marks the Warner Hill summit. When you’re ready to head back home, simply retrace your steps.

Learn more about hiking the Appalacian Trail by visiting www.appalachiantrail.org.

Hiking in the Berkshires

The Appalachian Trail isn’t the only trail for day hikes in the Berkshires.

When you stay at Applegate Inn, no matter how you’ve spent your day, you’re invited to put your feet up and relax with wine and cheese in our parlor. We also have a room with a deep-soaking tub available!

If you crave the fresh air and quiet of the great outdoors, you’ll find it right here. See you soon!

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