Beartown Condition Forest: 1.5 mile Benedict Pond Loop Trail open year-round. From Route 23 in Monterey, turn left on Blue Hill Road, then follow signs. mass.gov/dcr or (413) 528-0904
Bear Swamp: Three miles of trails with moderate hiking, strenuous in places. In the intersection of Route 112, Route 116, and Hawley Road in Ashfield, follow Hawley Route to entrance on left. 413-625-2849
Housatonic Heritage Area: Trails and historic sites across the river from Connecticut to Berkshire County. heritage-hikes.org.
Bartholomew#8217;s Cobble: River and different wood and field habitat with bald eagles, turtles and abundant wildlife: 800 types of plants and something of North America#8217;s finest diversities of ferns. Hikes and nature programs. Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset museum and visitors center open year-round, daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Trustees of Bookings, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-229-8600.
Mount Washington Condition Forest: Thirty miles of trails over rugged terrain, backwoods camping. Hike the South Taconic Trail towards the 2,250-feet summit of Alander Mountain for amazing sights. From Route 41 in South Egremont, have a quick right onto Mount Washington Road and follow to fit entrance. mass.gov/dcr or 413-528-0330.
Chesterfield Gorge: An impressive rock gorge first created by centuries of glacial melt water and also the Westfield River, the gorge may be the gateway towards the East Branch Trail. Open throughout the warm season, daily, from sunrise to sunset, for hiking, picnicking, biking, anglers. River Road, Chesterfield.