This, we believe, is far more noteworthy than Smithsonian Magazine's choice of Great Barrington as the winner of its 2012 The 20 Best Small Towns in America contest, but our perspective might be clouded by our appreciation for all Great Barrington has done for the Appalachian Trail.
The people of Great Barrington have also worked in harmony to make their area a hike-, bike- and walk-friendly place.
Representatives from the Great Barrington Trails and Greenways Alliance, among others, met in July of 2009 at the ATC's Kellogg Conservation Center to celebrate the treasured designation of Appalachian Trail Community.
Those who attended were treated to a picnic, ATC presentations, guided hikes, a tales from the trail program, an AT documentary screening, trail building work trips, and students interviewing AT thru-hikers.
The Appalachian Trail Community(TM) program is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (AT). Towns, counties, and communities along the AT's corridor are considered assets by AT hikers and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the trail. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation, while preserving and protecting the AT.
Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community(TM) and participation in the program has these goals:
Hike to the Berkshires for the Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community Celebration with hikes, trail maintenance and a potluck supper on July 23, 2016.
Only the most friendly and dedicated towns are appointed official Appalachian Trail Communities by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Enjoy an afternoon celebrating the Trail at 2016 Appalachian Trail Events.
Published Dec 20, 2014. Massachusetts has closed the War Memorial Tower on Mt. Greylock for repairs until August 2016. There's still plenty to enjoy atop the state's highest hill.
Read about the most famous places on the Appalachian Trail.
Published Jul 20, 2012.