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Hiking Mount Race – Waterfalls, Awesome Views, Babbling Brooks & More!

I just did one of my favorite Berkshires day hikes with my son – Mount Race in Sheffield. This hike offers the best of everything. You get to see a beautiful waterfall (Race Brook Falls, which you’ll reach at approximately the 1.1 mile mark), climb boulders, see multiple smaller falls, cross babbling brooks & then top it off with fantastic views into Connecticut & beyond from the summit.  And, the majestic hawks soaring right above your head are an added plus.

The total hike is approximately 5.5 miles and has some good vertical climbs – so be sure to wear appropriate footwear, allow yourself around 5 hours or so & bring plenty of water & snacks. To get to the trail from Great Barrington, take Route 41 South and approximately 1.9 miles past the Berkshire School, you’ll see the trailhead on the right (look for the parked cars). If the parking area is full, you can park along Route 41 but just make sure your car is really off the road and on the grass.

Once on the trail, at about the ¼ mile mark, you’ll see a signpost for Race Brook Falls. Bear left at the sign post. Follow the blue blazes up the trail & when you get to the Appalachian Trail sign post, bear left & follow the white blazes. Once you start seeing the pine forest, you’ve almost reached the summit, with its magnificent views.

We've reached the top!

We’ve reached the summit. YES!


If your limited on time, want something less strenuous & have approximately 1 hour, you can visit the lower falls, which will be an approximately 1.4 mile round trip hike. Just stay straight when you get to the 1st sign post at the beginning of the trail.

Have a blast on your hike!

Catamount Web

Swinging in the Berkshires!

Looking for a super fun activity to do with the kids this spring & summer in the Berkshires?  Then visit the Catamount Aerial Adventure Park located in Hillsdale, NY, 15 minutes from Great Barrington, right over the Massachusetts state line. You & the kids will have three or so hours of thrills & excitement, get a great workout & discover muscles you never knew existed!


Zip Line!

Cousins Zip Line Fun!

The beauty of the aerial adventure park is that it’s suitable for ages 7 & up and works much like a ski slope – with multiple courses for varying ages & difficulty levels. After being fitted for your harness & given a pair of safety gloves, you’ll receive a quick demo from the park staff on how the equipment works, proper safety, etc. And, then it’s off to the action. The best part is that each course ends with super fun zip lines that take you from the course area down to the Catamount base lodge.

We always go as a family & it never gets old. And, it’s one of the most requested destinations of our weekend guests. So.. what are you waiting for? Head over to Catamount Aerial Adventure Park & have fun swinging!