About Jug End State Reservation and WMA
Jug End State Reservation and WMA is a small, family-friendly hiking area with dense forests and open meadows. Upon arrival at the parking lot, visitors will notice a large open field and a hiking trail. This pathway will take visitors on a 3-mile loop with scenic views of the Berkshires. Going clockwise on the loop, visitors will climb steadily on a wide path and arrive at an open meadow, which offers plenty of wildlife-viewing opportunities. Wildflowers are abundant, and birds and insects are easily heard throughout spring and summer. Visitors will eventually greet an expansive view looking toward the north.
The trail will then proceed through a dense hemlock-hardwood forest. This section of the path is flat and muddy, and visitors can add a mile to the loop by hiking further into the valley. When visitors return to the parking lot, they will pass through an extensive meadow with further views of the surrounding mountains. This area is excellent for a family picnic, especially in autumn when the leaves begin to change color.
This trailhead is the main parking area for the WMA: a large parking lot off Jug End Road. The WMA is open for hunting during the appropriate Western Massachusetts seasons.