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Appalachian Trail

AMC-Berkshire's 'Massachusetts Appalachian Trail Management Committee' is responsible for the maintenance, management, and protection of the almost 90 miles of Appalachian Trail within Massachusetts, coordinating the extensive volunteer effort that keeps the trail open and beautiful. We work in partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and the National Park Service (NPS).

For trail updates, see below.

April to September, we organize regular work parties for maintenance and improvement of the footbed, trail shelters, signs, and so on. Projects vary in complexity, but all include activities for both first timers and seasoned maintainers, so please check out the season's schedule of trail work days (download from our AT Getting Involved page) and then contact a project leader to join in the fun. No experience is necessary to participate!

We also have some open positions for regular trail maintainers. If you're interested, see AT Getting Involved. Our committee meets regularly at the Mt. Greylock Visitors' Center in Lanesboro, MA.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's monthly newsletter for the volunteers of the Appalachian Trail, their agency partners, and others interested in the stewardship of the Trail is posted online. *The Register*, can be found at

This web site has some basic information about hiking on the AT and a list of AT shelters and campsites in Massachusetts. For much much more information about the trail, see the many excellent web sites about the AT.

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AT News & Announcements

High Water/Ice on AT in MA

The Trail segment between Kellogg Rd and US Rt 7 in Mass has been subject to high water and ice from localized flooding along the Housatonic River.  Even when water levels recede, there will be many places with thin/unstable ice 12" or more above the treadway.  Snow cover may make it impossible to determine where the ice is and is not.  

At several locations, the Trail is immediately adjacent to the riverbank, and hikers breaking through the ice could end up in the river, or in deep tributary streams.  Avoid this Trail segment until bare ground is visible on the treadway.

Northbound hikers should turn right (south) on US Rt 7 for approximately 0.5 miles, then left onto Kellogg Rd until rejoining the AT in approx 0.2 miles at the road bridge.  

Southbound hikers should continue straight ahead on Kellogg Rd, turn right (north) onto US Rt 7 and rejoin the AT in approx 0.5 miles, turning left at the crossing of US Rt 7.

Appalachian Trail Special License Plate Proposal

The Berkshire Chapter Appalachian Trail (AT) Committee, together with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the AMC, is considering working with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to offer an AT Special License Plate. License plate orders and renewals would generate new revenues for the AT Committee, which would be used by the AT Committee and the ATC to fund the Committee's activities (including operation, maintenance, monitoring, and education), support AT Communities in MA, and to allocate funds for land protection related to the AT.

How It Would Work

Complete details on the Massachusetts special plate program may be found here. What follows is a brief summary.

If the program is established, AT special plates would be available at any full service RMV branch, or could be ordered over the Internet at the RMV web site.

To order a special plate online for the first time, customers would use the RMV special plate ordering form. A $60 registration fee plus a $40 special plate fee (total $100) would be assessed at the time the order is placed.

Special plates must be renewed every two years. A $60 registration fee plus a $40 special plate fee (total $100) would be assessed at time of renewal.

Distribution of Fees

The registration fee of $60 is collected by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. This is the familiar fee required to register an automobile in Massachusetts.

The initial special plate fee would be distributed as follows:

  • $12 covers the cost of manufacturing the plate.
  • $28 would go to the Berkshire Chapter's AT Committee, and would be tax deductible to the purchaser.

Upon renewal (every two years), the entire special plate fee ($40) would go to the AT Committee, and would be fully tax deductible.

Member Feedback Requested

We are considering this proposal for two reasons: (1) it would provide a new way for Massachusetts residents (whether or not they are AMC members) to demonstrate their support for the Appalachian Trail, and (2) it would generate new revenues which will be used to maintain, protect, and enhance the Appalachian Trail. For the program to be successful, a minimum of 750 plates would need to be sold in the first year, and a minimum of 3000 plates would need to be sold within 5 years.

Please complete a brief interest survey by clicking here. The survey closes on February 28, 2018.


Dalton Event Celebrates Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community

By Andrea Minoff

Government officials, community leaders, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and members of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Berkshire Chapter joined with members of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Committee for Dalton on Saturday, August 19 at Pinegrove Park on High Street to celebrate the official designation of Dalton as one of the newest Appalachian Trail communities.

The day’s events included a three-mile walk along part of the 10-mile section of the A.T. which passes through Dalton led by Bob McBain and Brian Sears, volunteer work at the Kay Wood Shelter hosted by the Appalachian Mountain Club and a designation ceremony.

State Representative Paul Mark read a proclamation, followed by the presentation of signs to be posted on the A.T. in Dalton by ATC New England Regional Director Hawk Metheny to Dalton
Town Manager Ken Walto. The ceremony ended with Andrea Lassor, A.T. Community Committee for Dalton co-chair and Cosmo Catalano, Volunteer Coordinator for AMC Berkshire Chapter presenting a carved walking stick to Dalton resident and committee member Tom Levardi, who has hosted hikers at his home in Dalton for almost 40 years.

Celebrants, including a dozen A.T. through hikers, enjoyed food and beverages donated by Dalton Fireman’s Association President Scott Casella and John Kelly, owner of Kelly’s
Package store.

A.T. Trail Community Program
Now in its seventh year with more than 40 communities participating, including Great Barrington and North Adams, the Appalachian Trail Community™ designation program is a program of the non profit managers of the Appalachian Trail. Launched in 2010, this program recognizes communities for their part in in promoting awareness of the A.T. as an important community and national asset.

“We are thrilled that we have been rewarded with this designation,” said Andrea Lassor and Margaret Cahill , co-chairs of the A.T. Community Committee for Dalton. “We wanted to take some concrete action to help bring people to Dalton by showcasing the A.T,” the pair explained. “This grew out of the ‘Grow Dalton’ initiative, and we have received strong support from Dalton businesses.” Lassor and Cahill both volunteer as A.T. maintainers on the Trail’s Dalton section, while Tom Levardi, another committee member, has hosted hikers at his property just off the Trail for the past 37 years.

Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community ™ and participation in the program is intended to:
• Engage the community, Trail visitors and stewards
• Thank communities for their decades of service to hikers
• Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
• Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
• Help local community members see the Trail as a resource and asset

“ The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail, stated Julie Judkins, Director of Education and Outreach for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. “These new partnerships will increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning as well as support healthy lifestyles for community citizens.”

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed
today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, visit


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