Here in the New York Berkshires, we are spoiled by the beauty of our rural area, and sometimes forget how glorious it is for our guests who are escaping from large cities. Hiking, biking, and just plain strolling are pastimes that help them unwind while visiting us.
One of my favorite places to send them is just a 1/4 mile from the Inn at Green River, a wonderful dirt road, called “the Dugway” by the locals. It is a lovely place to walk or jog, every season of the year. Cranse Creek, which is the stream that runs behind the Inn, and joins the Green River just south of the Inn, runs along Dugway Road.
Because of the stream, and the fact that there are very few houses on this dirt road, you will have a chance to enjoy the wildlife, and listen to the birds. One damp morning I found several small orange newts (small salamanders) which I hadn’t seen since I was a kid in New Hampshire. On this walk, I photographed a Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly, enjoying a dandelion, next to the wild strawberries. He seems to have had some damage to part of his wing, but it hasn’t affected his appetite!
For more suggestions of places to hike while visiting, go to the Inn’s Things to Do page for links to state and national parks, museums, historic homes and much, much more.