Foliage Report #4 for the 2012 Season
Well, North Adams’ Fall Foliage Parade on September 30 did its job; the color is here and will only ripen through Columbus Day weekend. So the Greylock Ramble is well timed. The Town of Adams welcomes all on October 8 to climb southern New England’s highest peak. Hundreds will. Buses depart from downtown to the Cheshire Harbor trailhead.
One clue to how the season is progressing in Berkshire County is a several-acre triangular patch on the side of East Mountain, north of Rte. 2, visible from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Church Street in North Adams, and on up into Clarksburg. The younger trees in a former field turn color sooner. They have turned. Autumn has kept its promise.
The color on the hills north (the Green Mountains) and east (the Hoosacs) of North Adams looks good. Even in the valley, however, fully turned individual trees, many young maples planted along streets, stand as beacons—not to mention the colorful flowers in the median as the Mohawk Trail passes through North Adams.
I like this time, pre-frost for most of us, when gardens are still producing, reminding us how fortunate we are to live where climate conspires to provide luxurious growth and reminding us that we are at the beginning of our annual autumnal excitement. The purple asters and goldenrod herald the change, yet nature hereabouts still projects a feeling of something about to happen, rather than something that’s waning.
For auto-tourists, your chief recommends Old Cheshire Rd., which follows the west side of Cheshire Reservoir (as opposed to Rte. 8, which follows the east side). The oranges and yellows have struck some big, old maples along there. Plus, you also get to pass Lakeview Orchard’s pick-your-own apple trees, lined up like 18th century soldiers. Take Summer St. off Rte. 7 in Lanesborough.
Rte. 7 passing over Brodie Mountain in New Ashford shows good color, especially on the western side. Once in Williamstown, take a gander into the Hopper on Mt. Greylock from in front of the high school (on Rte. 7) and at the large maples along Main Street in front of the Williams Inn and down West Main St. For your safety, remember to pull over to the side of the road. No peeping while driving!
The colors have begun to creep into the valleys. But, look to the hills! This would be grand time to hike Pine Cobble from the parking lot on Pine Cobble Rd. off North Hoosac Rd. in Williamstown; to climb Mt. Greylock, say by the Hopper Trail at the end of Hopper Rd., Williamstown; to ascend Lenox Mountain from Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary; to mount Monument Mountain on Rte. 7, north of Great Barrington; or to attempt Tyringham Cobble, on Jerusalem Rd. in Tyringham. Dollars to Homer’s doughnuts the color is good in the elevated reaches in the town of Mt. Washington, as well, from the footpaths on Alander and Mt. Everett.
Your Leaf Chief
Get out and enjoy the Berkshire foliage by taking one of our spectacular scenic drives.