Hancock Journals

Late Summer in the Berkshires

An August 2008 trip to Hancock by D_a_n

Vacation Village At Berkshires Photo, Hancock, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: If you like nature and hiking this is a great palce to spend a week. The little towns will also satisty those with a tooth for arts and crafts. Have a camera? Make sure to bring it along!

Vacation Village At Berkshires

Hotel | "Great Location"

Vacation Village At Berkshires Photo, Hancock, Massachusetts
Best things about resort: In & Outdoor pool, even though both closed in lightning storms, great location in the beautiful Berkshires close to both hiking destinations and nice small towns.Best attractions or restaurants nearby: Hiking: Bash Bish Falls, Greylock Mountain, etc., Towns: Lenox, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, North Adams; Shelburne Falls with its Bridge of Flowers; Rainy Day: Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield, yarn stores in Lenox and Pittsfield.Review: The resort was a great base for our Berkshires exploration trips. We were gone morning to late afternoon enjoying hiking in the beautiful surrounding hills and walking through the neat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2009

Vacation Village At Berkshires
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Ice Glen

Attraction | "Nice Hike Through the Woods, Beware of Mosquitoes"

Ice Glen Hike Photo, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Where: Stockbridge, MA, off US 7 on Park Road, park at the end.
What: Very nice easy hike through the woods. The gorge has some nice moss covered boulders to enjoy. We would have enjoyed this one much more had it not been for the mosquitoes. I guess end of August may not be the best time to take this one. The rating would be 4 for the trail, 1 for the mosquitoes.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 13, 2009

Bish Bash Falls State Park

Attraction | "Great and Easy Hike for Families"

Bish Bash Falls State Park Photo, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Where: This should be better than a whole paragraph. If your're coming from Great Barrington on 344 (Falls Rd), don't stop at the first parking lot on the left. Continue through the left turn and park later on the left at Tactonic State Park.What: Really pleasant and easy family hike to a beautiful waterfall. If you stop ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 14, 2009

Bish Bash Falls State Park
Falls Road
Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Natural Bridge

Attraction | "Nice Location to Hang Out - the Bridge a Snooze"

Natural Bridge - The Dam Photo, North Adams, Massachusetts
Where: Map (the parking lot is where you need to get to) - Info
What: There's a creek through impressive chasm and a series of walkways to explore the area. We had a good time there However, the bridge itself was too short for me to even realize it was a bridge.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 14, 2009

Rolling Hills of Rte. 2, Berkshires, Massachusetts Photo, North Adams, Massachusetts
Coming back from the Natural Bridge or another location on Rte. 2? I come from highlands and the views around this route are magnificent! The rolling hills are something I could look at forever. And our visit was in August. Being there a month or so later to catch the fall colors would probably be an even greater experience - my plan for the next time in the Berkshires.

Bradley Farm Trail, Mt. Greylock State Park

Attraction | "Average Hike through the Woods"

Mt. Greylock State Park - Bradley Farm Trail Photo, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Mt. Greylock area offers many trails of various difficulties. A lot of the better rated trails seem to be offshoots of other trails requiring more walking. During our visit, the road was closed to traffic past the visitor center preventing driving to higher up trail heads. Being there with two little kids we opted for the Bradley Farm Trail that starts right by the visitor center. It turned out to be an ordinary walk through the woods with no special views and definitely nothing left from the farm days.You can get a trail map as a PDF here. The ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 15, 2009

Bridge of Flowers

Attraction | "Definitely Worth a Stop!"

Shelburne Falls, MA - Bridge of Flowers Photo, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
On our drive back from the Yankee Candle Factory, we saw the Shelburne Falls sign and vagualy remembered that there was supposed to be a Bridge of Flowers. And it was and were we glad we stopped. This originally trolley bridge was transformed into a beautiful bridge full of flowers and is now maintained by volunteers - don't forget to make a donation.It's the unused bridge on ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 15, 2009