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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

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 

Berkshire Appalachian Trail Newsletter- June 2019

Check out the latest issue of the Berkshire Appalachian Trail Newsletter!

In this issue:

  • Recent Volunteer Days
  • Volunteer Spotlight
  • Cooridor Monitoring
  • Upcoming Events
  • Hours Report
  • Contact Us

Great Barrington A.T. Community Celebration

Come celebrate Great Barrington's connection with the Appalachian Trail. A.T. Partners (ATC, AMC, MA DRC and GBLC) will be providing a full day of great events and a potluck picnic for all. Volunteer, hike, and picnic with A.T. Maintainers and Hikers.   All events are free and open to all.  Pre-register at info@gbtrails.org. See volunteer, guided hikes, and picnic info. below.

Location for all Activities: Beartown State Forest (Parking for the event will be offered at the main entrance for near the boat ramp on Benedict Pond Rd)

9AM- Volunteer for trail maintenance! Join AT volunteers working on rehabilitation of Glen Brook Shelter and Campsite.  Work includes light carpentry, painting and carrying materials into the work site.  1/2 mile moderate hike from parking area. Dress for the weather and bring lunch and water.  Meet at 9am at Guilder Pond/AT parking area in Mt Everett State Reservation.  Work will wrap up in time to attend  AT Day Picnic at Beartown State Forest.  Contact at@amcberkshire.org for more details."

Full Day 7.5 Miles A.T.Hike —Home Rd, Sheffield to Benedict Pond— begins at Home Rd in Sheffield. We climb East Mtn to a view rock, traverse East Mtn to the Tom Leonard Shelter and Ice Gulch then down and across Rte 23 with a steep climb up to Benedict Pond. Total distance about 7.5 miles including all the trail in Great Barrington. This is a strenuous hike with some steep and rocky sections. Optional swim at Benedict Pond (there is a bath house), and you can stay for an annual community potluck with music that celebrates Great Barrington as an Appalachian Trail Community. And you may be able to talk to some thru-hikers! You must pre-register for this hike with the leader, Bess Dillmanelizabeth.dillman@gmail.com or 413-528-4130.

2 PM: choose an afternoon hike and join the fun! Choose a hike the one that comfortable fits you present hiking ability.

  • 2.4 Miles A.T.Hike (moderate with good climbs and great view) Join Christine Ward(GB Trails)for this great introductory Hike. Learn about the Appalachian Trail, catch a great view and explore the Wilcox South Shelter.
  • Other Hikes to be announced soon!  
  • Pre-registration for 2pm hikes is requested by not required: info@gbtrails.org

5pm: Come to the AT community Potluck Picnic and enjoy the cheerful notes of the Berkshire Ukulele Band!  Bring your favorite picnic food to share. Meet AT Volunteers and fellow hikers. Swimming & campfire provided. AT Community Day is sponsored by: Great Barrington Land Conservancy, Ma DCR, Greenagers, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Appalachian Mountain Club. For hike, picnic or both, email: info@gbtrails.org  or CALL 413 -528-0904

Date: 
Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm

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