About Berkshires Outside

Berkshires Outside is a comprehensive, database-driven online resource for recreation enthusiasts living in or visiting the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Our site can be searched by a wide range of activity types, or by location. You can hone your search using filters like “family-friendly” and “near public transit”, or search for a specific property, business, or organization. We encourage you to use the “low visitation” filter to identify lesser-known gems among the 700+ outdoor recreation assets in our region.

Berkshires Outside is a result of the Berkshire County Outdoor Recreation Plan, published in 2020 with the support of Mill Town Foundation. Among several key themes, the need for better, more consolidated communication about the full range of outdoor recreation activities available in the region was a top priority. Thanks to funding received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission developed this website in partnership with several fellow stakeholders.

Berkshires Outside is a companion website to www.berkshires.org, the primary tourism website for our region operated by 1Berkshire. Our hope is that all users, whether residents or visitors, will make full use of both these sites to enjoy all the region has to offer. If you’ve arrived at Berkshiresoutside.org first, be sure to check out the restaurants, lodging properties, cultural venues, and shopping options displayed on Berkshires.org.


In addition to 1Berkshire, our advisory team includes representatives from the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, and Gemini Creative, whose thoughtful approach to website design and user experience elevated this project beyond measure. Christina Lane Photography served as an invaluable team member, collecting high-quality images in all corners of the county.

Berkshires Outside also benefited from the contributions of Williams College interns Sabrine Brismeur and Michael Keegan, and Adam Sussbauer of Wesleyan University. Their research, photography, miles of hiking to GPS trails, and their informed descriptions contributed tremendously.