By Darci Sosa
We know when the night air turns brisk and children return to school that fall is on its way. Along with it, comes the beautiful Berkshire foliage. Visitors both near and far and residents alike find themselves throwing on light jackets and soaking in the brilliant colored leaves on hikes, car rides to harvest fairs, and while meandering through apple orchards.
While the entire county can be a little overwhelming to take in on one trip, there are a few exceptionally beautiful spots available by foot or car that you do not want to miss this fall. To get you started, here are some great driving tours and below are some other memorable suggestions for ways to enjoy all fall has to offer here #intheberkshires.
While there really isn’t a bad view on the entirety of Mount Greylock, the Stoney Ledge trail, accessed on the Williamstown side of the mountain, reveals the most breathtaking view midway up where surrounding mountains fold into one another. Often you can see paragliders jumping off the peak of Greylock from this spot. The hike ranges from average to difficult. If you’re looking for more of a joyride, take Rockwell Road on the Lanesborough side of the mountain to the summit, where you’ll view miles of foliage, rolling hills and even some other mountain peaks. The sunsets are worth the drive alone. Visit mass.gov for more information.
Another beautiful hiking option is the less traveled Pine Cobble, located on the North Adams/Williamstown border on Route 2. This hike runs through the Appalachian Trail and while less traveled than Greylock trails, it too offers beautiful views of brightly hued, tree covered mountains folding into one another. And if you want one of the most beautiful drives in all the Berkshires then also visit the historic MA Route 2. Take it through North Adams, up around the hairpin turn and continue along the Mohawk Trail for as long as you like. The ride promises some of the highest views you can drive to and complete views of the Berkshire Valley below. There are also some great little restaurants along the way for lunch or dinner.
If you’re down in the Southern Berkshires there are several places that are available to hike, including Monument Mountain, Bash Bish Falls, and Beartown State Forest, that will guarantee you see all the brilliant red, orange, and yellow leaves. An unexpected place to not only see foliage but to be surrounded by beautiful moss along your hike is Race Brook Falls. Located in Sheffield, it is a moderately trafficked out-and-back trail that features five distinct waterfalls. It is recommended for very experienced adventurers. You can access the bottom of the falls and the adjacent Race Brook Lodge by car along MA Route 41.
The Berkshires are unique in that there are really no bad views of the luscious foliage, which is another reason the Berkshires is a beautiful year-round destination and a great place to live. So hop in the car and head to the Berkshires this fall.