About Underhill Place Parking Area
The George L. Darey Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area is an expansive array of properties split between Pittsfield, Lenox, and Lee. This parking area will bring visitors to the northernmost parcel, where the West Branch of the Housatonic River meets the East Branch. A sizeable double-track trail leaves from the parking lot and heads through a dense grove of pines. Plenty of wildlife species native to the Berkshires, including songbirds and salamanders, will be visible along this pathway. Then, eventually, visitors will arrive at the Housatonic River, which creates a habitat for many bird species. The river is also excellent for fishing; carp, pike, and trout are present throughout the year.
Visitors will find a small parking spot at the end of Underhill Place, which branches from Route 20. The WMA are ideal for finding white-tailed deer and turkey during the appropriate Western Massachusetts hunting seasons. Further downstream, on New Lenox Road, visitors will also find a launch point for canoeing and kayaking along the waterway.