Nothing beats foliage season in the Berkshires! The leaves explode with color and the region comes alive with a vibrant glow that you need to see for yourself. October is truly one of the best times to visit Berkshire County, and a picture like this speaks for itself!
One of the best, and easiest, ways to enjoy foliage season is by taking a drive down one of our spectacular, winding country roads. You’ll find beautiful Fall colors just about everywhere you go, but these three scenic drives are worth making a special trip:
Mt. Greylock Scenic Byway – The highest peak in Massachusetts offers dramatic, panoramic views of up to 90 miles, that look even better than usual in the colorful glow of Autumn. Beginning at the visitors center, you can drive all the way to the summit, and then continue on to North Adams, completing the 18 mile trip. Click here for driving directions.
Mohawk Trail Byway – This 65-mile drive won’t compete with Mt. Greylock for “best view”, but it puts you right in the heart of the action, surrounded by Autumn on all sides. The historic trail began as a Native American trade route, connecting Atlantic tribes, and is now home to some of the best natural sightseeing in the region. Click here for driving directions.
Jacob’s Ladder Trail – Follow historic Route 20 (the longest road in the US!) through the Berkshire foothills and along the Westfield River. There is plenty to see along the way, as well as three access points to the Chester-Blandford State Forest, in case you want to make an additional scenic detour. Click here for driving directions.
If you don’t feel like driving, you can enjoy a fall foliage train ride on the Berkshire Scenic Railway. The hour-long ride has departure times throughout the day, and offers a great alternative to the County’s scenic drives.
More Fall Fun:
The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 85th annual Harvest Festival takes place October 12th and 13th, and captures the essence of Fall in the Berkshires, with activities, games, rides and more!
Pick your own apples at one of these local orchards. Nothing puts you in the Fall spirit like hot apple cider and cider donuts, to go along with your bag of fresh, hand-picked apples!
Autumn is alive and well at Taft Farms, a local favorite and staple of the Berkshire community. Stop by to pick your own pumpkins, or just to grab a delicious sandwich (and maybe some pie for later).
Come to Berkshire County this October to put a splash of color into your Fall season!