Massachusetts November 14, 2016
The Underrated Hilltop That Just Might Be The Most Beautiful Place In Massachusetts
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this secluded hilltop in Sheffield will let you behold the beauty of Massachusetts for miles around.
Bartholomew’s Cobble is a 329-acre nature preserve and National Historic Landmark in the village of Ashley Falls. You’re an easy hike away from experiencing movie-worthy views at the top of this secluded hill. Read on to see what makes this underrated spot so wonderful.
This place features a slew of well-marked and maintained hiking trails that wind through massive stone outcroppings, all the way to the dramatic crown of Hurlburt's Hill.
The hike to the top of Hurlburt's Hill is only about half a mile, but you'll be gaining about 1,000 feet in elevation. Don't worry though: the terrain is very easy to handle.
You’ll reach the summit by walking up and across a huge field of shimmering grasses and flowers. Your final approach will feel like a dramatic scene from a movie.
Once at the top, you’ll be treated to spectacular views across the Housatonic River Valley.
There's plenty of space to stretch out. Pack a picnic basket full of seasonal goodies, or play a quick game of catch with a view that's more jaw-dropping than any stadium.
If you don't feel like making the trek to the top of Hurlburt Hill, simply stroll along the shady paths and over the charming wooden bridges of the Cobble.
Eroding marble and quartzite boulders are strewn across the landscape, many of them covered in lush moss that is so soft, you’ll want to curl up for a nap on the stones.
The preserve is home to the greatest diversity of ferns in North America, and has the greatest biodiversity of anywhere in Berkshire County.
You might even spot some spotted friends along the way.
Be sure to stop by the interpretive center and museum, located on the preserve.
You can find Bartholomew’s Cobble near Weatogue Road in Sheffield. If you’re looking for some underrated fun in the city,
check out this magical trolley tour.