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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.

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

AT News & Announcements

18th Annual AT Volunteer Gathering

Join us for our Annual AT Volunteer Gathering!

If you already volunteer or are interested in volunteering with the Massachusetts Appalachian Trail Maintainers come over and meet with all of our volunteers. We will recap what we have done this past year, future plans, gear swap, as well as breakout sessions!

The gathering will be on February 1st, 2020 9 AM- 2 PM at the Taconic High School 96 Valentine Rd, Pittsfield, MA

RSVP at at@amcberkshire.org by January 27th.

We hope to see you there!

Date: 
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Berkshire Appalachian Trail Newsletter- December 2019

Our Americorps team working on the trail

In this issue we discuss:

  • Americorps members working on the Appalachian Trail
  • New England Regional Partnership Committee
  • A Survey to assess accessibility and content of this newsletter
  • Upcoming Events

Follow the link to see this months newsletter

Appalachian Trail Kay Wood Movie

The Dalton, Massachusetts community has created a movie celebrating Kay Woods' life and devotion to the Appalachian Trail! She was a trail enthusiast and volunteer for many years in Massachusetts. You can check it out here: Kay Wood Movie

Activity: 

Kay Wood Short Film Showing

The Dalton AT Community Members have created a short film to commemorate Kay Wood and her devotion to the Appalachian Trail. Kay Wood was a founding member for the Massachusetts AT Committee, a thru hiker, Dalton Community member, and avid trail volunteer. 

The video will have its premiere showing at the  Dalton CRA's new building at Mill and Main Streets in Dalton on Tuesday October 15th at 6:30pm.  Come see the story of this iconic AT volunteer to whom we owe so much for what we enjoy on the Trail today.

Date: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:30pm
Activity: 

Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community Gathers for a Cool Celebration on a Hot Day

Through-hikers chow down
Adam Morris, MA DCR Beartown Park Supervisor, Deb Phillips and Christina Ward, AT Trail Day Co-Chairs
(Left to Right) Jim Pelletier, Past Chair of the MA Appalachian Trail Management Committee and Adam Brown, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Trails Resource Manager, New England; with Cosmo Catalano, Chair of the MA Appalachian Trail Management Committee in background heroically grilling on a very hot day
A trio of our through-hiker guests
Through hikers
Through hiker

It was a very hot day, but that did not deter locals and through-hikers from gathering to celebrate Great Barrington’s connection with the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, July 20, at Beartown State Forest. The 7th Annual Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community Day included trail maintenance at Glen Brook and Hemlocks overnight sites in Mount Everett State Reservation and a guided wildflower walk around Benedict Pond led by Judy Schumer. A longer hike was cancelled due to weather conditions.

Some folks cooled off in the pond and all then chowed down at a potluck picnic including almost two dozen tired but hungry and grateful through-hikers, with entertainment provided by the Berkshire Ukulele Band. 

AT Community Day is sponsored by the Great Barrington Land Conservancy, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Greenagers, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Appalachian Mountain Club. Christine Ward and Deb Phillips co-chaired the event for the Land Conservancy and GB Trails.  Adam Morris, MA DCR Beartown Park Supervisor; Adam Brown, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Manager; Cosmo Catalano, Chair of the MA Appalachian Trail Management Committee and Past Chair Jim Pelletier participated in the event. 

Article & Photography Credit: Andrea Minoff 

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