Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts - AMC Guide to the Best Hiking, Biking, and Paddling

If you are new to the Berkshires of Massachusetts or you live nearby but have never really explored the area, you might want to get yourself a copy of the Appalachian Mountain Club's Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts. It bills itself as the “guide to the best hiking, biking and paddling,” and in all honesty, it does a good job covering all those areas.

The book is geared towards people who have no familiarity to those who have a general idea about the Berkshires, but really haven't taken the time to explore them on their own. For those who have already been hiking, biking and paddling in the Berkshires, this book will probably be a bit too basic for you – you'll want to check out the AMC's more detailed guides to the trails and the rivers of the Berkshires.

Berkshire Basics

If you're looking for this book, you probably already know that the Berkshires are located in western Massachusetts, along its border with New York State. The mountains while not large, have their fare share of mountain peaks, whitewater rivers and natural beauty. From Mt. Greylock in the north to the gentler peaks to the south, the Berkshires hold plenty of interest for many people and are home to a wide variety of recreational possibilities – from hiking, biking and canoing to watching the Boston Symphony Orchestra play at Tanglewood.

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