Stream, waterfalls and flowering shrubs abound in Pittsfield State Forest. 65 acres of wild azaleas are a profusion of pink blossoms in June. The forest has two camping picnic areas and a swimming beach. Fishermen frequent scenic Berry Pond, one of the highest natural water bodies in Massachusetts at 2,150 feet. The vista from the top of Berry Mountain is a striking panorama, a good place to watch the sun set.
30 miles of trails encourage visitors to escape into the quiet of the woods. The paved three-quarter mile Tranquility trail has become popular with wheelchair-users and other visitors who favor its smooth surface. A wheelchair-accessible picnic area and restroom are located nearby. Balance Rock is located in the northeast corner of Pittsfield State Forest. This 165-ton limestone boulder is balanced upon bedrock.
Berry Pond campground offers 13 rustic campsites atop Berry Mountain. Parker Brook campground, at the mountain's base, offers 18 sites with flush toilets. Neither location provides showers. An earthen dam at Lulu Brook holds clear, cold spring water perfect for a brisk swim. Visitors can picnic there or at Parker Brook. Campground office hours are 8am?10pm, and the regular camping season is from mid-May to mid-October.
Pittsfield State Forest is located in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.
From east or west: Take Massachusetts Turnpike (Rte I-90) to Exit 2 (Lee), to Route 20 west. Follow signs into park. Turn right on to Hungerford Street, then left on to West Street. Make a right on to Church Hill Street and follow the signs to the park. The Cascade Street entrance is hidden on the left side of the road, if you reach the Dan Casey Causeway then you have gone too far.
From north or south: Take Route 7 to Route 20 West. Follow signs into parks.