What to Do in the Berkshires:
Hiking, Skiing, Biking, Antiquing, & More!
There is so much to do in this beautiful part of the world that no matter how long you've planned to visit it won’t be long enough!
For outdoor enthusiasts
, every season brings something new and exciting. In spring our rivers are rushing and flowers are blooming and waterfalls are roaring. The summer brings amazing starlit nights and great hiking and biking and fishing, and picnics on the lawns of Tanglewood
and the Berkshire Choral Festival
, to name just two.
Lime Rock Park, “America’s most beautiful racetrack” for auto racing is just down the road in Connecticut. Autumn brings foliage virtually unmatched anywhere in the world. Northbound through-hiker traffic on the Appalachian Trail peaks in August, and the cooler autumn days entice the day hiker into the woods again and again.
The Kilpatrick Athletic Center
offers excellent facilities for many different activities including: swimming, dance, fitness, track, rock climbing and more. It's open to the public year round.
The Berkshire South Regional Community Center offers recreational, social, educational and cultural programs for all ages. Meeting rooms, youth center, arts & crafts, pools, auditorium, gym, fitness center, lounge, locker rooms & sauna.
Norman Rockwell Museum is set on a picuturesque 36 -acre estate in the artist's hometown, the Museum holds the world's largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell works. Enjoy changing exhibitions of Rockwell and American illustration art. Tour the artist's studio (open May-October). Free gallery talks. Have lunch at our Terrace Cafe' (open seasonally), overlooking Rockwell's Studio. Read rave reviews on Trip Advisor. Always something to see! OPEN YEAR-ROUND.
Looking to relax for a day at the beach
? The town beach in Monterey is located on beautiful, quiet Lake Garfield just minutes outside bustling Great Barrington. From June through Labor Day, the lake is staffed by 3 full-time lifeguards 7 days a week (weather permitting) from 10:00am to 6:00pm. There is free parking by the lake. New sand is always added at the beginning of the summer season and the Parks committee offers swimming lessons to town residents and visitors at little or no cost. Every year, the Friends of Lake Garfield host Lake Fest with boat tours of the lake, a sand building contest, a pot-luck dinner, music and fireworks.
A public access boat ramp is located on Lake Garfield town beach in Monterey. The ramp is closed during summer swim hours, so boats must be in the water before 10:00am and not back out again until after 6:00pm. Fishing on the lake is allowed with permit. For more detailed boating information, please call the Harbormaster/Police Chief at (413)-528-1443 x116 or x225. The lake is maintained by the MA Department of Forests and Parks and the MA Department of Fish and Game
The Southern Berkshires are wonderful for outdoor sporting, whether you’re in the mood for a little seasonal hunting, some quiet fishing or diverse wildlife viewing. Please visit MassWildlife
, the official website of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife where you will find all the information you need for great outdoor sporting in our area
Follow the Housatonic River Guide!
Travel down the Housatonic River from its source in the Berkshire Hills at Muddy Pond in Washington MA to the Long Island Sound at Stratford CT where it meets the sea. The Housatonic River Guide is intended to assist with and inspire paddle trips on the river. Every effort has been made to provide clear, accurate, and useful information about the river, river-oriented organizations, and the communities of the Housatonic River Valley. Click here to check it out!
Birding is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the country and the Berkshires is one of the best locations for bird watching. Bird watching is an easy, inexpensive way to relax in the beautiful Berkshire outdoors, see interesting wildlife of all kinds, and visit some of the best nature preserves in Massachusetts. The bird species of Southern Berkshire County are diverse and change with the seasons— any given year approximately 200 species are visible. The mountains of western Massachusetts are home to many species including the Olive-sided Flycatcher, Blackpoll and Mourning Warblers, and Swainson's Thrush. The lower elevations of the Connecticut River Valley are home to many song-birds that migrate in the spring and fall. You don’t need to be a bird expert to enjoy recreational bird watching, just a bird enthusiast (a field guide and a little patience help, too).
A good way to get started with bird watching in our area is with the Hoffman Bird Club
, Berkshire County’s premier ornithological organization dating back to 1940. The Club hosts regular meetings and field trips and both the local public and visitors are welcome to attend. Massbird.org
is another great place to get information about birding books and journals, bird clubs, species information, and bird blogs.
Ski Berkshires! In winter time, our snow-covered hills, nearby ski areas and frozen lakes provide all the excitement that winter sports enthusiasts crave. Looking to get away for a fun weekend of skiing? The Berkshire region boasts some of the best skiing in New England and is the perfect spot for a winter vacation. Whether you’re a cross-country or downhill skier you’ll find the challenge you need to get your heart pumping. A season’s pass is an affordable way to experience the Berkshires all winter long. Our family-friendly areas also have excellent learn-to-ski programs for young and old. Winter hiking and ice fishing are also very popular.
SKI BUTTERNUT is set in the beautiful Berkshire hills and offers ski enthusiasts 22 downhill trails covering 112 acres and serviced by 12 lifts, a new 8-lane tubing center and a well-known ski school. Ski Magazine described Ski Butternut as “A True Family Mountain” and SnowEast Magazine voted Ski Butternut as their #1 favorite resort under 1100ft vertical for 5 years running & favorite classic resort in the Northeast.
CATAMOUNT SKI AREA
boasts 6 lifts servicing 32 trails and park areas covering 119 acres of prime downhill skiing and snowboarding. Notable attractions include the longest run (2.5 miles) in the Berkshires, a double-black diamond run, night skiing, a half-pipe and terrain park. Catamount offers a great ski school and specialty programs for adults.
CATAMOUNT ADVENTURE PARK's rope course is the perfect activity for those who wish to experience the thrills of an aerial forest challenge park.