Only a mile north of the shops, museums and performance spaces of Williamstown, the trails of Mountain Meadow Preserve quickly climb above the town and into an open meadow filled with wildflowers, tall grasses, and a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The first thing you’ll notice as you step into the field are the breathtaking views that surround you. Then you’ll suddenly realize how quickly and easily you’ve reached one of the most beautiful vistas in the Berkshires. Less than a half mile from the parking area, you’ll have sweeping views of Mt. Greylock and some of the highest peaks in the Taconic Range, including Berlin Mountain.
The wonder of Mountain Meadow Preserve continues through four miles of trails that cross 180 acres of meadows and woodlands, in two states. That’s right, you can easily hike to Vermont in just over a mile from the Williamstown-side parking area. The preserve is managed by the Trustees of Reservations, so you can expect impeccably maintained trails and maps, with easy to find lookouts throughout the trail system — Perfect for kids!
Directions: To find Mountain Meadow Preserve, head north out of Williamstown on Rte. 7. From the junction of 7 and Rte. 2, Mason St. will be 1.7 miles on your right. It’s a steep dirt road and forms more of a ‘Y’ with Rte. 7 than a hard right turn. A few hundred feet up Mason St., you’ll enter the parking area.
While exploring Mountain Meadow Preserve recently, I decided to try out the “photosphere” app on my phone. You can check out my attempt at an immersive panorama on Google Maps.
– The Berkshire Mountain Rover