Great Barrington Housatonic River Walk

Housatonic River Walk is a riverside greenway trail in the downtown center of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. River Walk reclaims south Berkshire County's most severely abused riverbank, secures public access, and provides a half-mile of artfully crafted riverside walking trail and canoe access.

photo: On the Housatonic River Walk Type: Greenway
Urban Trail
Length: 0.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Great Barrington, MA, Along west bank of Housatonic River between Main St. (U.S. Highway 7) and
River Walk MA Bridge Street.

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Berkshire
Latitude: 42.19268   Longitude: -73.35933

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

Description

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.

Additional Details

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

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trailhead location on Google Earth map

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Rachel Fletcher
Great Barrington Land Conservancy
PO Box 1018
Barrington , MA 1230
(413) 528-3391
river@gbriverwalk.org
http://www.gbriverwalk.org

 

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