Pittsfield State Forest Article

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Pittsfield State Forest
Lulu Brook, Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield MA.jpg
Lulu Brook
Map showing the location of Pittsfield State Forest
Map showing the location of Pittsfield State Forest
Location in Massachusetts
Location Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates 42°29′00″N 73°18′4.5″W / 42.48333°N 73.301250°W / 42.48333; -73.301250
PITTSFIELD STATE FOREST Latitude and Longitude:

42°29′00″N 73°18′4.5″W / 42.48333°N 73.301250°W / 42.48333; -73.301250
Main entrance
Area10,601 acres (42.90 km2) [1]
Elevation1,936 ft (590 m) [2]
EstablishedUnspecified
Governing body Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Website Pittsfield State Forest

Pittsfield State Forest is an 11,000-acre (4,500 ha) Massachusetts state forest located in the town of Pittsfield and managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. [3] The forest is the location of Berry Pond, which sitting atop Berry Mountain at an elevation of 2,150 feet (660 m) is the highest natural body of water in the state. [4]

Activities and amenities

  • Trails: There are more than 30 miles (48 km) of trails available for hiking, walking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Off-road vehicle usage requires a permit. Trails include the .5-mile (0.80 km), wheelchair-accessible Tranquility Trail [4] as well as access to the 35-mile (56 km) Taconic Crest Trail.
  • Camping: There are 32 sites for tents, pop-up, group, and standard non-electric camping. [5]
  • The forest also offers non-motorized boating and fishing on Berry Pond [6] and restricted hunting.

References

  1. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Pittsfield State Forest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Pittsfield State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Tranquility Trail" (PDF). MassParks: Pittsfield State Forest. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  5. ^ "Pittsfield State Forest". Reserve America. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "Pittsfield State Forest". The BerkshireWeb. Archived from the original on May 10, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2013.

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