The Berkshire Hills are located at the western extreme of Massachusetts and form a continuous range that contain the state's highest peak, Mt. Greylock, at 3,487 feet. The region is coextensive with Berkshire County.
Berkshire County is located at the western extreme of Massachusetts and borders Rensselaer and Columbia Counties in New York, Bennington County and Windham County in Southern Vermont, and the Litchfield Hills region of Connecticut.
Cities and towns
- Berkshire Visitors Bureau, 3 Hoosac Street, Adams, MA 01247, 800-237-5747, Fax: 413-743-4500 [email protected] .
- Interstate 90, the "Massachusetts Turnpike" or "Mass Pike" runs through the southern portion of the Berkshires. I-90 goes west to Albany, NY and east to Springfield, Worcester, and Boston. Access to I-90 is at Exit 1 in West Stockbridge and Exit 2 in Lee. From Lee one can take Route 7 either north or south.
- In the northern part of the region Route 2, also known as the Mohawk Trail, runs from the New York state border in the west at Williamstown to Interstate 91 at Greenfield.
In this rural region a car is preferred.
- Tanglewood - Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is located in Lenox. During the summer it is not unusual to see James Taylor perform at this venue, because he lives just outside of the town, as the population of Lenox swells to nearly 30,000 for the show.
- Stockbridge is the former home of Norman Rockwell and the location of the Norman Rockwell Museum, a museum he founded.
- Shakespeare Theather Company, and Williams College in Williamstown.
Jiminy Peak Resort in Hancock offers a full slate of year-round mountain activities. Mountain biking is available there and at several state forests throughout the region. There are also extensive excellent hiking trails, including a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Mount Washington is home to some of the state's best trail scenery.
The Berkshires are a good place for walking and relaxing and perhaps taking in a summer play in the college town of Williamstown. In October this area shares in the colorful fall foliage show.
There are a number of fine eateries in Great Barrington and Lenox.
Southern Vermont offers similar rural attractions. For a change of pace, Greater Boston is a little over two hours away. If headed there, a stop at Sturbridge to see Sturbridge Village is worthwhile.