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Gentle Outdoor Activities in the Berkshires – for Any Age

Anyone at any age and any ability can find their own outdoor adventure in the Berkshires. The natural landscape, views, fresh air and pristine waters await explorers young and old, novice or experienced veteran, throughout all four seasons of the year. Many visitors to the Berkshires arrive as part of a group tour, where activity abilities vary greatly between participants. But that’s no reason to skip the natural beauty of the Berkshires on your next groups visit. Instead, plan to include one or more of these gentle outdoor group activities in the Berkshires that will surely delight the experienced hikers and novices alike.

Explore the natural beauty of the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center
Atop the Berkshire plateau in Savoy lie 32 acres of protected high-elevation Boreal forest. While Boreal forests are common across the northern reaches of the continent (and create the largest biome on earth), they are harder to find the further south you travel, and here in southern New England tend to only be found at high elevations. Identifiable by their spruce and pine trees, the Boreal forest in which Tamarack Hollow is located, also contains blue bead lilly (clintonia borealis), pink lady slipper, painted and red trillium, trout lily, bunchberry and many types of woodland ferns.

Exploring Tamarack Hollow from spring through late summer, you can experience the changing landscape by walking the gentle or more challenging trails of the property and nearby Notchview (a Trustees of Reservations preserve) and Windsor State Forest. In the winter, you and your group can coordinate cross country ski and snowshoe rentals through the area properties or local outfitters. Whenever you visit, an adventure for every skill and fitness level awaits, among one of the less common forest types in the Berkshire region.

Click here for more information on exploring the nature of Tamarack Hollow.

Explore the Gentle Outdoor Activities in the Berkshires – for Any Age

Agricultural Heritage and Nature of the Berkshires in One Stop
On the western side of the Berkshires, Hilltop Orchards blends the region’s agricultural heritage with their beautifully planned cross country ski and hiking trails. The gentle slope of the ski/hike trails is perfect for walkers looking to take a stroll through the woods. Groups with different interests can split up in the fall into apple picking and hiking teams, or do both. For a short easy walk, explore the apple orchard and then enjoy a seat at a picnic table atop the hill, with 20 mile Berkshire views stretching out before you.

Hilltop’s woods trails were designed by Olympic Nordic Skier, John Morton, and take advantage of the natural terrain and forest. For a moderate hike, extend your adventure into a 2.2 mile loop via the Johnny Mash trail. Click here for more information on Hilltop Orchards’ hiking trails.

Wherever you go in the Berkshires, your group is guaranteed to find outdoor adventures for every ability. The important thing is that on your next visit, you take time to explore the mountains and valleys that make the Berkshires such a special and beautiful place.