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Beartown State Forest

69 Blue Hill Rd
413-528-0904

Beartown State Forest has two distinctly different worlds between the summer and winter. During the warm months the pristine 35-acre Benedict Pond attracts swimmers, boaters and fishermen. An extensive network of trails on over 12,000 acres offers visitors a chance to glimpse deer, bear, bobcat, fisher and other wildlife, including the park's namesake, the Black Bear. Brooks, beaver ponds, rich deciduous forest, flowering shrubs and wildflowers and fall foliage are plentiful. The Appalachian Trail passes near Benedict Pond and offers spectacular wooded views.

The other half of the year the forest becomes a winter wonderland, where visitors on cross-country skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles can explore a snow-covered wilderness. The 1.5 mile Benedict Pond Loop Trail is a must in any season. Year-round camping is also available.



Reviews

Michael Stoller

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Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
Nice place for a little hike. Groundskeepers were very friendly and helpful. Maps and paths are pretty clearly marked. You can also have a blast with your ATV!

Dominique Haneberg-Diggs

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Sunday, June 24, 2018
This was a wonderful area to take a hike! The forest was very dense, there was a lot of wildlife to see, and there were few other visitors. There were trail maps available at the entrance on the sign. The drive into the forest was beautiful, but the road was in poor repair. The potholes, although manageable, were definitely annoying. Be sure to take it slow in cars with low clearance especially.

Brian Boehler

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Awesome camping. Awesome lake. Great trails and hiking. Dog Friendly.

Yi Lu

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Friday, June 1, 2018
Great place for a family hike especially if you have kids with you. Close to great Barrington which has great restaurants. Just notice that parking fee for outstate car is 15 dollars per car. So carpool with your friends when you can. :)

Scott Drew

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Their OHV trails were very long and technical, but not to the point to where my less experienced friend wasn’t able to ride them. Grab a trail map from the OHV parking area information board, there is barely any cell phone service on the mountain and at times the map was all we had to navigate. The nearest gas stations are 12 minutes away in Great Barrington. The park only has about 3-4 ohv trails, but they are nicely maintained and lengthy. My friend and I took our time exploring and taking brakes, we rode for over 4 hours and 20+ miles (all woods).

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