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Monday, November 30, 2015

Lower Linear Park(Berkshires)

With skies clearing out on a relatively cool late November day, I set out for a small hike at Linear Park in Williamstown, located in the northern Berkshires.  The park and trails were constructed for the town of Williamstown's 250th anniversary back in 2003. Finding the park can be a bit tricky however, as it is found at the end of a small unmarked dirt road on the north side of Route 2.  The actual road entrance is found directly next to the Greylock Insurance Agency.  Take this road(which almost looks like a driveway) to the end, where a small parking lot and tennis courts are found.  The trails begin just past the kiosk to the right of the courts.
 The trail begins on a wide jeep road and passes several backyards.
 There are two level trail loops that traverse the park.  After about a quarter of a mile a field loop breaks off to the right, but I continued on a short distance further to the woods loop on the left.  The woods loop closely follows the tranquil Green River downstream to where it flows into the Hoosic River.
 A bench provides a pleasant spot to relax and enjoy the peaceful Green River flowing by.
After passing the confluence of the two rivers, the trail bends to the east and parallels the Hoosic River for a while.  The trail is wide and easy to follow, although lacking any trail signage.
Several small informal paths break away from the main trail and provide access to the Hoosic River.  Here are nice reflections along a quiet stretch of river.
Once entering the open fields, there are dramatic views to the of the Greylock Massif.  Looking closely, you can spot snow far atop Mount Williams summit area.
Rushing water along a wild feeling section of the Hoosic River.
The Taconic Range can be seen rising to the west.
Pleasant views on the farm path as it turns to the south.
This spot makes for an easy stroll with pleasant views, but unfortunately lacks any trail signage.  On the other hand, the trails are wide and easy to follow.  Hiked a total of about 1.5 miles on all three trails(Woods Loop, Field Loop and Main Trail).

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