(413) 442-8928 (Western Reg. HQ)
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) is a passive recreation footpath that runs 2175 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Ninety miles of this long-distance trail are in Massachusetts, running along the ridges and traversing the valleys of Berkshire County. Conceived in 1921 by Massachusetts native Benton McKaye, the AT was designed to provide a continuous green corridor along the ridge of the Appalachian chain of mountains and hills.
The Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts provides a broad array of hiking opportunities for both the long-distance or day hiker. Accomodations for overnight and extended trips along the trail include a lodge, a cabin, shelters, tent platforms and campsites with outhouses. The AT travels over Mount Everett in the south, Mount Greylock in the north and and through the Housatonic and Hoosac Valley's small towns. In season, AMC-managed Upper Goose Pond Cabin offers limited service accomodations for hikers.
The Appalachian Trail runs north and south throughout the Berkshire region in western Massachusetts.
Access to the trail is available at a variety of locations region-wide (see Trail Map), including the following DCR properties:
Clarksburg State Forest, October Mountain State Forest, Mt. Greylock State Reservation, Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Beartown State Forest, Jug End State Reservation, Mount Washington State Forest, and Mt. Everett State Reservation.
Note: overnight parking restrictions may apply at certain locations; please call ahead for more information.
Caring for the Trail
To preserve this wilderness heritage and experience a unique cooperative management effort exists between the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. These agencies and organizations promote, organize and facilitate public stewardship of the trail. Trail maintenance and monitoring is carried out by local volunteers of the AMC-Berkshire Chapter and DCR’s Ridgerunners Program.
If you notice any problems on the Trail, please contact the DCR Western Region headquarters office located at 740 South Street/P.O. Box 1433, Pittsfield, MA 01202, (413) 442-8928. If you would like to become involved in the stewardship of this National Scenic Trail in Massachusetts, contact: AMC Berkshire Chapter, AT Committee, or the DCR office.
- Wilderness Camping
Things to know before you go.
The Appalachian Trail is accessible year-round. Access is free; except at designated DCR day-use parking areas that charge a fee, generally May through mid-October. Parking is free for ParkPass holders, Handicapped, POW, disabled veteran plates, and seniors 62 and above with the Massachusetts Senior Pass.
Plan your hike: For a safe and enjoyable experience please familiarize yourself about the AT with this additional information.
Be prepared: Services may not be available at many locations along the AT. Treat all drinking water. Please carry-in, carry-out all your belongings and trash.
Camping: Backpacker camping is permitted only at designated shared sites, no fee required. Two-night maximum stay at same campsite. Limit up to 12 people per group. Leave No Trace: outdoor ethics are strongly encouraged. Tenting is allowed in the immediate area of shelter or on designated wooden platforms. Fires are allowed only at designated pits. Overnight parking may be restricted; please inquire at nearest park or locale.
Be Bear Aware: Don't forget you are in Black Bear country. Reduce potential risks by properly storing, cooking and disposing food. Keep a safe distance from all wildlife.
Pets are permitted. Must be on a 10-foot maximum leash and attended at all times. Must have proof of current Rabies vaccine. Please be courteous and clean up after your pet.
Prohibited: Motorized and wheeled vehicles, horses and alcoholic beverages. Hunting is prohibited on National Park Service AT lands.