GB A.T. Community Celebration: Hikes & Community Picnic

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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)

Come celebrate Great Barrington's connection with the Appalachian Trail. Join DCR MassParks staff and Great Barrington Trails & Greenways partners. Volunteer, hike, and picnic with A.T. Maintainers and Hikers.   All events are free and open to all.  (check for registration requirements)

Appalachian Trail Hike

10:30 AM: 7 mile Hike/ Shuttle from Benedict Pond Parking lot (Beartown State Forest) to hike starting point. THIS HIKE IS FULL (7.18.17)

  • Fernside Rd south  to Beartown State Forest

  • Registration required:

  • Group size is limited

2 PM: choose an afternoon hike and join the fun!

  • 1/2 mile Family Nature Hike (easy, great fit for kids) Join Erin Morris for an exploratory hike on this wetland loop trail. Look for animal sign, interesting plants, and surprising insects! (The natural trailbed is great for small feet, but not stroller friendly)

  • 4 mile Hike to Wildcat Shelter (moderate with climbing hills and vista view) Join Deb Phillips and Adam Morris of MA DCR on a guided hike to the Vista View and Wildcat Shelter. The hike will leave from the main parking lot, follow the Pond Loop and Beartown Mountain Trails to the Vista, then join Wildcat Trail to the shelter. Hike is about 4 miles round trip with moderate uphill climbs. Bring appropriate shoes, water, and a snack.

  • Nature Therapy Hike led by Eric Krawczyk. Regular exposure to nature — even 30 minutes a day — can connect you to its healing powers. Unlike our technology devices, nature connects us with living plants, animals, mountains, oceans, ecosystems, other people, our ancestors, memories, dreams, and more. Turning off your devices and looking at the sky may be the most interesting, powerful action of your day. Come join a 2hr guided Mood Walk where we will be taking in the forest atmosphere through a series of sensory activities and sharing.

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:  or CALL 413 -528-0904

A. T. Community Day in Great Barrington, MA