The Best Ways to See the Fall Foliage in the Berkshires
As the end of summer draws near, we’re looking forward to a new season filled with new adventures, and we hope you’ll join us. You may need to add a layer or two, but autumn is meant to be celebrated outdoors, so pack your sweaters and boots and come to the Berkshires for some fall fun outside! Greens turn to hues of gold and red and the vibrant colors of New England turn the landscape into Mother Nature’s artwork. This sublime natural beauty has drawn visitors back to places like Massachusetts year after year, and what better way to re-experience the changing fall foliage than with a little getaway?
Join us at Devonfield Inn for the anticipated fall festivities and some time spent with loved ones. Reconnect with each other and with nature. Make lasting memories exploring this special corner of the country during one of the most beautiful times of year. There’s an experience waiting for all types of leaf peeping adventurers. Read on to learn about our favorite ways to take it in and book your fall escape today!
Hiking is a favorite amongst our guests. There are endless trails in the area, ranging in length and difficulty. There’s one for every level of hiker, all guaranteeing a stunning backdrop. Wanting something short and sweet with sweeping vistas? Head 20 minutes north to Lenox Mountain and the Mahanna Cobble summit. If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging, head south to Monument Mountain, a popular hiking spot in the area, and for good reason! With 360-degree view at its peak, it’s the perfect place to get a bird’s-eye view of the fall foliage. Nearby Kennedy Park in Lenox is also a wonderful place to spend a few hours exploring the 15 miles of well-maintained tree-lined trails.
If exploration on two wheels is more your style, there are many options for mountain biking too. The trails at Kennedy Park welcome bikes, as does Pittsfield State Forest comprised of 11,000 acres of forest land and 30 miles of trails. There are more challenging routes for our experienced bikers, all offering stunning scenery and local attractions perfect for pit stops along the way. Check out the loop here in Lee, MA, as well as the bike trails in neighboring Stockbridge and Lenox.
For our equestrian enthusiasts, there are plenty of wonderful ways for you to see the leaves from the saddle. Discover Kennedy Park and Lenox Mountain on horseback with Berkshire Horseback Adventures. We also highly recommend visiting Undermountain Farm in Lenox where all levels of riders are welcome all year round. This gorgeous Victorian Farm offers 150 acres of diverse landscape to roam with your trusty steed.
Of course, you don’t have to overexert yourself to get the best views and you can cover the most ground with a scenic drive through the Berkshires. While there are so many roads to choose from, we recommend starting right here in Lee and exploring the Central Berkshire loop hitting Becket, Hinsdale, Dalton, Pittsfield, West Stockbridge, and Lenox. If you’re shorter on time, the South Central Berkshire route is equally beautiful and will take you to Stockbridge, Housatonic, and Great Barrington before bringing you back home to Devonfield.
The above merely scratches the surface of autumn adventuring so be sure to ask us for more recommendations when you check in to your home away from home in the Berkshires. This is a truly magical place and time to visit. Everyone should experience the colorful scenery and witness New England’s natural beauty at some point in their lives. Such a special experience deserves a memorable place to stay so be sure to choose your favorite room for your fall getaway and branch out to see the foliage with the adventure of your choosing.