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Mohawk Trail Scenic Driving Tour: North Berkshire

western mass driving tourEmbark on a picturesque journey through the Berkshires and along the historic Mohawk Trail. Beginning in Pittsfield, follow Route 7 north, passing through charming towns like Lanesboro, the birthplace of humorist Josh Billings. 

In South Williamstown, explore the Historic Five Corners area, where walking tours of historic homes are available. Continue on Route 7 to Williamstown, home to the prestigious Williams College, the renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the esteemed Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. This "village beautiful" invites you to stroll through its quaint shops, galleries, and eateries.

Merge onto Route 2, the Mohawk Trail, and head east towards North Adams. Here, you can visit the Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Natural Bridge State Park, the celebrated MASS MoCA, and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Don't miss the annual North Adams Fall Foliage Festival.

Ascend the Hoosac Mountain Range, taking in breathtaking vistas of Mt. Greylock, the Green Mountains, and the Hoosac Valley from the Hairpin Turn. The trail then climbs steeply to the Western Summit, known as Spirit Mountain by Native Americans. 

Travel through the scenic town of Florida to the Whitcomb Summit, the highest point on the Mohawk Trail at 2,200 feet, where the Elk Memorial stands. A short detour leads to the eastern portal of the historic Hoosac Tunnel, an engineering marvel completed in 1875 by blasting through five miles of solid granite.

Follow the Deerfield River to the Bear Swamp Project and Visitor's Center, offering picnic facilities. Retrace your steps and cross the iron bridge over the Deerfield River to the Indian Bridge, where the "Hail to the Sunrise" Statue pays tribute to the Mohawk Native Americans.

Continue eastward to Charlemont, home to the acoustically perfect Charlemont Federated Church, which hosts the Mohawk Trail Concerts in July. Explore the 160-foot-long Bissell Covered Bridge, just off Route 2.

In Shelburne Falls, marvel at the Bridge of Flowers, an old trolley bridge transformed into a stunning garden. Visit Salmon Falls and the Glacial Potholes, carved out of rock during the Ice Age, and explore the museum in the Arms Academy Building.

Finally, arrive in Greenfield, incorporated in 1753 and once considered the northernmost frontier before the Canadian border. Climb to the Poet's Seat Tower on Greenfield Mountain for a panoramic view of the valley below.

For a map of the tour click HERE.

For a quick view of single family homes available in Berkshire County click HERE.

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