RICHMOND LAND TRUST
Richmond, Massachusetts 01254
North Yokun Ridge
From Olivia's Overlook, cross the road and follow Burbank Trail for a three-mile loop on Lenox Mountain, which takes in placid Shadowbrook Reservoir (Monks Pond), the old Gorman cellar hole, and a vista point dedicated to BNRC friend and benefactor Kelton Burbank. These trails offer high-quality hiking or snowshoeing and are suitable for adventurous cross-country skiers. For more details and a trail map, click here to access to the BNRC website:
Stevens Glen waterfall
from the viewing platform
South Yokun Ridge
From Olivia's Overlook, the Michael Walsh "easy access" trail offers a gentle, smooth climb to West Stockbridge Mountain's northern summit, with views of Monument Mountain and the Richmond valley. The more strenuous Ridge or Charcoal Trails offer the chance to make this walk a loop. Look for flat, circular platforms along this latter trail, the remains of old charcoal pits. For more details and a trail map, click here to access the BNRC website: South Yokun Ridge
Hollow Fields Reserve
Located on Perry's Peak Road, off Route 41 in Richmond, this outstanding 320-acre property derives its name from Sleepy Hollow Brook, which flows through the reserve. It consists of expansive hayfields that offer magnificent views across the valley to Yokun Ridge, with opportunities for bird watching, hiking, and picnicking. Trails through the hardwood forests offer various hiking options. The reserve also provides public access to an abutting 45-acre parcel owned by the Richmond Conservation Commission. For more details and a current trail map, click here to access the BNRC website: Hollow Fields Reserve
Hollow Fields Reserve
The Richmond valley, with the Taconic Ridge to the west and Yokun Ridge to the east, offers a variety of interesting hiking opportunities in and around Richmond. Two of the sites listed below, Hollow Fields Reserve and Stevens Glen, are a testament to the cooperative relationship between the Richmond Land Trust (RLT) and the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC). In both cases the properties are owned by BNRC with RLT holding a conservation restriction. Where applicable, links are provided to the BNRC website for further information and trail maps.
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Although more of a walk than a hike, this dirt road has become very popular with walkers and joggers, offering a gentle walk through wooded sections and open meadows passing by older homes dating back to the 1700s. From the intersection of Swamp and East Roads the road goes through open fields of the Boynton conservation restriction at about the 0.3 mile point and passes by the Fairfield Brook Wildlife Management Area on the right at about 1.5 miles before opening up to the panoramic vistas of the former Malnati farm. Take a break at the bench to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the farm's expansive meadows. Round trip is about four miles.
Winding its way down Lenox Mountain, Lenox Mountain Brook has carved Stevens Glen, a narrow, 40-foot-long gorge in the side of the mountain. The glen derived its name from Romanzo Stevens, a local farmer turned entrepreneur, who in 1884 recognized the beauty and character of the cataract. He built bridges and walkways into the fields, constructed a covered dance pavilion, and charged 25 cents for admission. It was reported that in 1918 a party of 900 people from New York gathered for a celebration at the glen. But in 1919 the pavilion roof collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, and the structure has since returned to nature.
The trail to the glen loops through varied forest, crossing Lenox Mountain Brook and tributaries, ending at stairs down into the glen and a convenient viewing platform. There is often a refreshing coolness in the glen. It's a short hike, with a round trip taking about an hour.
From the flashing light at the intersection of Swamp Road and Lenox Road, take Lenox Road toward Lenox. At the top of the hill, turn right onto Lenox Branch Road and go 0.6 miles to a small pull-off on the right with a sign for the glen. For more details and a trail map, click here to access the BNRC website: Stevens Glen
Trailhead at Olivia's Overlook
for South Yokun Ridge
A variety of trails are accessible from the top of Osceola Road. The most popular one continues east down the unmaintained extension of Osceola Road and shortly turns left, ascending to the old fire tower at the top of Lenox Mountain (this site is also accessible from trails in the Pleasant Valley Sanctuary). Great views of Richmond are available from this site, and further trails along the ridge to Yokun Seat can be followed to even more views that extend beyond Richmond all the way to Mount Greylock and beyond. Time to the old fire tower is about 45 minutes, with another 20 minutes to Yokun Seat.