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The fall season is undoubtedly a special time of year in Massachusetts — the air crisps, and regional reds, oranges and yellows shine as the foliage turns — and there is no better way to truly experience it all than by simply just getting outdoors. And as far as getting outdoors goes, sometimes all you really need is a simple, fall stroll with friends or family.
So, this fall, we invite you to take a walk, but not just any walk; a Housatonic Heritage Walk through the Berkshires, where scenic, fall adventures come to life through guided tours led by local experts.
Stockbridge, Massachusetts – Photo Credit: MOTT
Each fall, the Housatonic Heritage Walks program provides a number of free, guided walks that highlight scenic and historical sites along the Berkshires. Guided walks range from historical building tours to hikes on the Appalachian Trail, walks through industrial heritage sites and ruins, behind-the-scenes tours at various performing arts venues, and even strolls through formal gardens and estates.
This year, over 60-guided tours will take place on two weekends: September 21st and 22nd to kick off the fall season, and October 5th and 6th.
The tours aren’t just limited to seeing scenery or historical sites, either. There are plenty of other choices, from bike tours on old country roads to birding trips to canoe outings on the Housatonic River.
So, with over 60 tours to choose from, how do you determine which is best for you? Well, for a look at all the different outings you can choose from, just click here.
Till then, here are two fantastic options to check out!
For hikers who would prefer an easy jaunt, the Saturday, September 21st Mt. Greylock Summit is a great choice. This half-mile walk, which leaves from Bascom Lodge at 1:00 p.m., packages natural and architectural history together with a lookout from the highest natural point in Massachusetts.
Mount Greylock Tower – Photo Credit: MOTT
For more ambitious folks, the Sunday, October 6th hike in Lenox is pitch perfect. Amanda L’Etoile of Berkshires Natural Resources Council will lead a trek from Olivia’s Overlook to a hidden vista, which will reward hikers with a lovely view of downtown Lenox and Under Mountain Road. For this tour, hiking boots are a must and snacks a highly suggested, as the excursion will last a few hours.
Olivia’s Overlook – Photo Credit: Tim Grafft
Although the events are free, registration is recommended, as some of the tours do fill up quickly. To register for an event, click here and select the individual tour that piques your interest. And if you’re making a trip out to the Berkshires for a guided tour, you never have to look far for a comfy place to stay or a great spot to eat.