The Cobble in the Hill
A work of nature lies in the woods of the rolling Berkshire hills
April 5, 2016
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Past Sheffield in southern Berkshire county, you’ll find the small town of Ashley Falls, and the Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble. The Trustees run a series of moderately easy hiking trails around the Cobble, and it is a popular tourist attraction for visitors to the Berkshires from all over New England. Bartholomew’s Cobble was named on a list of the 17 “Most Beautiful Hikes in Massachusetts”. Frank Piasecki, a senior at Monument Mountain Regional High School and an intern at the Trustees of Reservation office at Bartholomew’s Cobble, said, “the [view] at the top of Hurlburt’s Hill is one of my favorites in the Berkshires”, and that he would recommend it to hikers of all skill levels.
The woodlands around Bartholomew’s Cobble house many species of plants and animals either at the northernmost or southernmost limit of their range in North America, creating a unique ecosystem unlike most in western Massachusetts. The woods also are the home to the Cobbles, twin rocky knolls that jut out of the ground like fingers, made up of quartzite, acidic rock, and marble, which combine to create an alkaline rock formation.
As an avid hiker, the trails around Bartholomew’s Cobble have not been particularly challenging for me, but they always provide a good filler for my free time. For a short but pleasant hike, I recommend the trail up to Hurlburt’s Hill to hikers of all skill levels for one of the most beautiful views in the Berkshires. Just bring a water bottle, hiking boots, and a camera!