On March 28, 1865 Samuel C. Newman conveyed to Levi W. Hyde a parcel of land approx. 498 acres with Fenton Brook bordering. This is Jug End State Reservation which has increased in size and is managed by the #DCR as a State Park to be enjoyed by all, this “nose” of a mountain juts out of the landscape and it’s seen well at the corner of Route 23 and 41 in Egremont. Jug End Mountain and Mount Bushnell are reached via the Appalachian Trail and are abutting this trail. The wild forested landscape pops you out to large fields with the most amazing views of the Berkshire Hills several times. There are several brook crossings. The initial climb takes you through an apple orchard being restored and yes, its Johnny Appleseed! The old silo in the large parking lot of the old Jug End Ski Barn is an eternal memory of the history here. The trail is just over 4 miles, we took the long loop (there is a cut thru to shorten the hike) around the entire mountain. We then went to the shorter trails to see the ski resort history and more glorious long views (see previous post). This trail is easy hiking, with some elevation and great for all.

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