What the Locals Know about Pittsfield
Come Back Next Spring
Somehow Pittsfield State Forest on the west side of town has never made a blip on the tourist radar, but local real estate agent Karl Volkman enjoys hiking its trails. “The mountain laurel blooms nonstop there in June,” he says. The park offers 65 acres of blooming shrubs of the azalea family, plus a popular swimming beach and more than 30 miles of wooded trails along the Taconic Ridge — a big payoff for the $5 parking fee. 1041 Cascade St. 413-442-8992; mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/pitt.htm
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