Housatonic River Walk Great Barrington Land Conservancy Dresser Avenue Trailhead
7 Cottage St, Great Barrington, MA

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  • Family Friendly
  • Free
  • Near Public Transit
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  • Scenic View
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Dresser Avenue Trailhead in Great Barrington, MA | Berkshires Outside
Dresser Avenue Trailhead in Great Barrington, MA | Berkshires Outside
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About Dresser Avenue Trailhead

The Dresser Avenue Trailhead provides access to the Housatonic River Walk, a national recreation trail that follows the Housatonic River in downtown Great Barrington. Nestled into the fabric of one of the most lively small towns in Western Massachusetts, the River Walk provides residents and visitors with a greater appreciation of nature. Despite its downtown location, restoration efforts have returned the trail's surrounding environment to its natural state, granting visitors easy access to nature. This walking trail is mostly flat, and the steeper sections that climb up the river's embankment are equipped with stairs. Lining the trails are kiosks that identify trees and recount history. While the Dresser Avenue Trailhead is primarily used to access the River Walk's upstream section, a short walk from Dresser Avenue onto River Street provides access to the mellow downstream section of the trail. The River Walk is most popular in the summer, but it is also known for delivering beautiful riverside fall foliage from September through November.

At the Dresser Avenue Trailhead is a large public parking lot that provides direct access to the trail. The family-friendly environment makes the River Walk beloved by visitors and residents of all ages. The trail's short length makes it easy to fit the River Walk into a long day of exploring the Berkshires. The Dresser Avenue Trailhead is a common spot to park the car while checking out Great Barrington's vibrant downtown, and the River Walk is often used by people as they wait for a table at local restaurants.

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