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Outdoor Activities

With a backyard as beautiful as the Berkshires, you won’t need an excuse to go outside, but we’ll give you a few. Excursions, adventures, and outdoor activities abound.

The Butternut Ski Resort lifts Photo compliments of Ski Butternut, Great Barrington, MA

Get out and play

View of the Berkshire Mountains

The rolling hills of the Berkshires are crisscrossed with hiking trails, including sections of the Appalachian Trail. You’ll find both moderately challenging ascents (Monument Mountain is right on the edge of town) and pleasant meadow strolls with stupendous views. Climb the tallest mountain in the state and, if you’re feeling fancy, you can enjoy lunch at the renowned Bascom Lodge along with the amazing peak views. In the Berkshires, you can hike, bike, and camp to your heart’s content. Bring your gear, or check out the local outfitter, Berkshire Bike & Board.


Visit our campus (and pack your hiking boots).


Access point to Appalachian Trail near Simon's RockFor the aquatically-inclined, the Berkshires has numerous public lakes (Lake Mansfield is right behind the Simon’s Rock campus), so you can swim, canoe or kayak—whatever floats your boat.

Too tame? The Berkshires are home to several adventure parks if the zip-line is more your speed. The Catamount Aerial Adventure Park, the zip-lines at Bousquet, and Ramblewild’s “tree-to-tree adventure destination” all offer challenging courses at dizzying heights.

Skier on one of Western Mass' many excellent ski rangesPhoto compliments of Ski Butternut, Great Barrington, MA

Winter is no joke in the Berkshires, which is welcome news for athletes who have their choice of mountains to snowboard and ski. Try Catamount, Butternut, Jiminy Peak or Bousquet. They’re all a short drive from campus. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fantastic ways to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of our surrounding forests. For outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes, the Berkshires is as exciting as it is beautiful.

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