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“Quiet, well kept trails”

Bartholomew's Cobble
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Sheffield
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Owner description: Created by geologic upheavals a half-billion years ago, this hundred-foot-high bedrock outcropping introduces visitors to a rugged and exotic landscape that also supports 800 species of plants while offering terrific mountain vistas.
Reviewed 26 April 2009

This was a pretty area. We visited in April 2009. We only walked around the cobble and down Bailey trail. Saw rabbits and birds and plenty of wild flowers. It was serene and uncrowded, probably because of it's 'out in the middle of nowhere' location. The facilities were clean and convenient. Usually you don't find bathrooms at a trustees reservation so I appreciated that. If you are in the area (Southern Berkshires) it is worth a stop over.

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Reviewed 11 April 2008

Wikipedia and Bartholomew's Cobble's own website can give you a complete description of why it's called the Cobble, its history, landscape, geography, etc. For me, though, it's a place of wonder, a place to enjoy the treasure hunt for wildflowers from early spring's white and lavender Hepatica and skunk cabbage, on to blood root, wild columbine, trillium (white and red), and dozens of others too numerous to list here.

Its 329 acres and roughly 5 miles of well-marked trails take you up to high (1000' ) fields and meadows ablaze with summer wildflowers and spectacular views, down along the banks of the Housatonic River that weaves and snakes through the area, into mysterious hemlock woodlands, by caves, and along rock outcroppings on which grow probably more species of ferns and moss than you'll see anywhere else in one place.

The only caution I'd have is be sure to bring some industrial strength insect repellent (in summer) and charged camera batteries. Also, alas, NO DOGS are allowed in this delicately balanced ecosystem.

Take a picnic and your sense of wonder... and enjoy! It's truly a magical place!

To visit the Bartholomew's Cobble website and find out what activities are on offer, like canoe trips with an extremely knowledgeable ranger and guide, go to:

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