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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 http://www.appalachiantrail.org/what-we-do/trail-management-support/volunteer_toolkit/the-register.

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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Mass AT Management Committee

The Massachusetts Appalachian Trail Management Committee organizes Appalachian Trail supervision and maintenance within Massachusetts.

If you'd like to be a part of this, get in touch with our chair (see below)!

Mass AT Management Committee Address

Massachusetts Appalachian Trail Management Committee
PO Box 2281
Pittsfield, MA 01202

Chair: Jim Pelletier at@amcberkshire.org c:413.454.4773
Secretary: Greg Schumaker gschumaker@mindspring.com
Member At Large: Rick Wagner PoppaRick@aol.com h:413.684.4435
Member at Large: Jim Niedbalski jimniedbalski@aol.com
Treasurer: Julie Ann Pelletier japelletier2@gmail.com h:413-454-4776
Volunteer Coordinator: Cosmo Catalano catalano.cosmo@gmail.com h:413.458.5349; c:413.822.0094
Corridor Monitor Coordinator: Dave Pirog dpirog@charter.net
Natural Resources Coordinator: Steve Smith stevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com h:978.692.8219; c:978.821.2916
UGP Maintenance Coordinator: Pete Rentz pmrentz@gmail.com h:413.442.6732; f:413.442.5853 (call first)
Upper Goose Pond Cabin: Debbie Klaber uppergoosepond@yahoo.com h:212.942.6910
Upper Goose Pond Cabin (also): Jim Pelletier at@amcberkshire.org c:413.454.4773
Shelter Coordinator: Don Fairbanks gdfairbanks@nycap.rr.com h:413.443.1148
Group Outreach Coordinator: Hank Barton habarton@charter.net h:413.527.4568
Community Outreach Coordinator: vacant
Northern Maintainer Coordinator: John Sullivan john.sullivan@waterandsewer.org h:978.544.5790; c:413.658.4929
Central Maintainer Coordinator: Debra Weisenstein dkweis@gmail.com c:508.277.4826
Southern Maintainer Coordinator: vacant
AMC Regional Trails Coordinator: vacant
DCR Region 5 Trails Sup.: Rebecca Barnes rebecca.barnes@state.ma.us PO Box 1433, Pittsfield, MA w:413.499.7003; f:413.442.5860
ATC Conservation Resource Manager: Adam Brown abrown@appalachiantrail.org P.O. Box 264, South Egremont, MA 02158 w:413.528.8002; c:413.717.2113

Note: h = home; w = work; c = cell; f = fax

Page last updated 20 September 2018
Page Steward: at@amcberkshire.org

Campsites and Shelters on the Mass AT

This is a list of campsites and shelters on the Massachusetts portion of the Appalachian Trail, listed from north to south.

Sherman Brook Campsite: 1.8 miles north of Mass Avenue, North Adams

  • 3 tent platforms
  • Privy
  • Bear box
  • Water at spring or brook

Wilbur Clearing: 0.3 miles west on Money Brook Falls Trail, 0.5 miles north of Notch Rd.

  • Small shelter
  • 4 tent platforms and 4 tent pads
  • Moldering privy
  • Bear box
  • Water source down hill in front of shelter

Noepel Shelter: 2.8 miles south of Rockwell Rd.

  • Large shelter
  • Group site, 2 tent platforms and 2 tent pads
  • Moldering privy
  • Bear box
  • Water 0.2 miles down blue blaze trail to left of shelter

Crystal Mountain Campsite: 3.7 miles north of Gulf Road, Dalton

  • Five tent pads
  • Privy
  • Bear box
  • Water source crosses AT just north of side trail to campsite

Kay Wood Shelter: 0.3 miles south of Grange Hall Road, Dalton

  • Large shelter
  • 6 tent pads
  • Moldering privy
  • Bear box
  • Water source right out of shelter past tent pads down to small stream

October Mountain Shelter: 2.2 miles south of Pittsfield Rd (Washington Mtn Rd) 

  • Large shelter
  • 4 tent pads
  • Moldering privy
  • Bear box
  • Water source crosses AT just south of campsite

Upper Goose Pond Cabin: On 0.5 mile side trail 1.6 miles south of Route 20, Lee

  • Cabin is open with a volunteer caretaker in attendance from mid-May to mid-October. Cabin is closed when no caretaker is present. Prior to opening, hikers may use the campsites on the approach trail to the cabin and behind the cabin.
  • 4 tent platforms are available year round
  • 2 moldering privys, 1 regular privy
  • Bear box at each camping area and at rear of cabin

Shaker Campsite: 0.3 miles north of Fernside Rd., Tyringham

  • 2 tent platforms
  • Privy
  • Bear box
  • Water is at AT stream crossing 100 yards north of campsite

Wilcox North: on 0.3 mile side trail, 3.1 Miles north from Benedict Pond, Beartown State Forest.

  • Older log shelter
  • Privy
  • Bear box
  • Water source to left of shelter (may be dry in late summer)

Wilcox South: 1.3 miles North from Benedict Pond, Beartown State Forest

  • Small log shelter and large shelter on blue blazed trail just beyond privy
  • 5 tent pads
  • Privy
  • Bear box
  • Water at small spring in rock hollow on short blue blaze from bear box

Tom Leonard Shelter: 1.1 mile south of Lake Buel Rd.

  • Large shelter
  • 2 tent platforms and 2 tent pads
  • Moldering privy
  • Bear box
  • Water 0.2 miles down hill to right of shelter downhill on blue blazed trail beyond privy

Glen Brook Shelter and Campsite: 3.4 miles south of Jug End Rd.

  • Small shelter
  • 2 tent platforms, large tenting area
  • Moldering privy
  • Bear box
  • Water at stream crossing AT 200, feet south of access trail

Hemlocks Shelter: 3.5 miles south of Jug End Rd.

  • Large shelter
  • Moldering privy
  • Bear box
  • Water at stream crossing of AT 200, feet north of access trail

Race Brook Falls Campsite: 0.2 mile side trail, 5.4 miles south of Jug End Rd. Also 1.5 miles in from Rt 41 on Race Brook Falls Trail

  • 3 tent platforms
  • 4 tent pads
  • Group camping area
  • Moldering privy
  • Bear box
  • Water at stream on Race Brook Falls trail just east of campsite
  • Area contains rare species, please stay on trails and use designated tent sites

Laurel Ridge Campsite: 8.2 miles south of Jug End Road

  • 6 tent pads
  • Group site with 3 tent platforms, 2 tent pads and picnic table
  • Moldering privy
  • 2 bear boxes, 1 for group site
  • Water at south end of campsite, on side trail
  • NO CAMPFIRES ALLOWED

Next campsite (in CT): Sages Ravine, 1.9 miles south of Laurel Ridge.

Page last updated 20 September 2018
Page Steward: at@amcberkshire.org

The World is our Classroom: An Afternoon with Author Cindy Ross

Cindy’s story begins in the Rocky Mountain wilderness on a unique and extraordinary journey: two parents leading their young children 3,100 miles on the backs of llamas. This Canada-Mexico trek illustrated to Cindy and her husband what experiential education can do. Inspired by the experience, they went on to create a new way of supplementing their children’s education, focusing on two arenas for learning: the natural world and travel.

A deep believer in Richard Louv's worldwide advocacy of reconnecting children to the natural world, The World is Our Classroom- (Skyhorse Publishing, NYC) shows us examples of how the rich environment presents a multitude of ways to teach and learn. One of the most concrete results of a childhood spent closely connected to nature is how it feeds creativity. Creative thinking and problem solving are essential to building and maintaining a healthy, sustainable world. In this age of world connection, it is also increasingly important to raise children who are broad-minded, empathetic and knowledgeable about other cultures. This can best be accomplished by transporting our children out of their insulated, narrowly-focused lives and into the big world.

A group of Berkshire youth will open the afternoon’s events with reflections on their experience on the Appalachian Trail and Mt. Greylock as part of the Massachusetts Youth Trail Summit. Cindy’s talk will be followed by Q&A and book signing.

The Stationery Factory
63 Flansburg Ave. Dalton, MA 01226

This event is free, but tickets are required - visit tinyurl.com/worldclassroom

Date: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Cheshire MA Designated an Appalachian Trail Community

Cheshire Celebrates Appalachian Trail Community Designation

On June 30th, state and local community leaders joined the Cheshire A.T. committee and representatives of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) to officially celebrate the designation of Cheshire as an Appalachian Trail Community by the ATC, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and management of the A.T. The event took place on the property of Diane’s Twist Ice Cream Shop on Main Street in Cheshire.

“We are thrilled that our many months of hard work have been rewarded with this designation,” said Eileen Quinn and Karen Daigle, co-chairs of the A.T. Community Committee for Cheshire. “We wanted to take some concrete action to help bring people to Cheshire by showcasing the A.T.,” the pair explained. “This grew out of the community building efforts and we have received strong support from Cheshire businesses.”

Launched in 2010, The Appalachian Trail Community™ designation program recognizes communities for their part in promoting awareness of the A.T. as an important national asset, and now with more than 45 communities participating, including Dalton, Great Barrington and North Adams, MA.

Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community™ and participation in the program is aimed to:

  • Engage community citizens, 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, Appalachian Trail Conservancy. “These 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.”

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