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Great Barrington Housatonic River Walk

Location Great Barrington, MA, Along west bank of Housatonic River between Main St. (U.S. Highway 7) and
River Walk MA Bridge Street.
State(s) Massachusetts
Counties Berkshire
Type Greenway
Urban Trail
Length 0.50 Miles / 0.80 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: On the Housatonic River Walk
On the Housatonic River Walk

River Walk is located adjacent to Great Barrington's Main Street, yet offers a rare nature experience of river and wildlife views. River Walk develops riverfront access in a densely populated setting, permitting pristine riparian areas to remain forever wild. Since 1988, 2900 community volunteers have contributed clean up, construction and maintenance, removing over 400 tons of debris, building the trail and planting thousands of native plants. Approximately 12,000 residents and tourists visit this popular downtown site yearly and experience simple methods of natural resource protection-native plant vegetative buffers, invasive-exotic plant control, bio-engineered riparian stabilization, local non-toxic trail materials, and non-point source pollution controls with raingardens, drop inlets, and permeable trail surfaces. River Walk's William Stanley Overlook and W.E.B. Du Bois River Park promote the river's significance to industrial and civil rights leaders of national and international importance. The trail is cared for by Greenagers, a local youth organization dedicated to good stewardship.


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 4/1 - Date Closes: 12/15

Time Opens: sunrise - Time Closes: sunset


Along W bank of Housatonic R between Main St. (US 7) and River Walk MA Bridge St.


Additional Information

Width: 60 inches.

Primary Surface: Crushed Rock

Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 3%

Elevation Low Point: 700

Elevation High Point: 725

Year Designated: 2009

Date Last Updated: 12/22/2016


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Rachel Fletcher
Great Barrington Land Conservancy
PO Box 1018
Barrington , MA 1230
(413) 528-3391


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