About Shaker Mountain Trailhead
The Shaker Mountain Trailhead will bring visitors to an expansive hiking area in Pittsfield State Forest, perfect for an enjoyable day of outdoor recreation in the Berkshires.
Immediately upon leaving the parking area, visitors will hike on a two-track trail through a forest of small trees. Eventually, after a short walk, visitors will arrive at a small reservoir. Many local wildlife species live alongside this reservoir, including amphibians and dragonflies.
Continuing beyond the reservoir, visitors can proceed on the Shaker Trail. Near the beginning of the loop, visitors can see the remains of an old Shaker settlement. Then, at Shaker Mountain and Holy Mount, hikers can visit important Shaker religious sites.
Pittsfield State Forest is a large park on the west side of Pittsfield. Overall, visitors will have several options for an excellent day of outdoor recreation in Western Massachusetts. Visitors can go camping, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding throughout the summer. The wintertime, meanwhile, offers opportunities to go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Many trails are open for ATVs and snowmobiles. The forest is also available for hunting during the appropriate seasons.
Visitors will find a dirt parking lot on the shoulder of Route 20, just across from Hancock Shaker Village.