Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hollow Fields Preserve, Richmond

Hollow Fields Preserve, newly opened in 2013, is a 139-acre Berkshire Natural Resources property. It is mostly open fields with lovely views of the entire Yokun Ridge from Bousquet Mountain south to West Stockbridge. Last Tuesday we walked the trails and enjoyed the views.

It was my first time visiting and I was blown away by the openness, the fields and the sky. The clouds that day were magnificent. This reserve is a gem. While not a long walk, the trails are about 2 miles, there are some other woods roads worth exploring. Of course, we stayed off the trails marked "private." I feel it is important to respect private land and I appreciate the amazing generosity of Ron and Judith Shaw who donated the property.

We used snow shoes or traction devices on our boots for easy walking. 
The clouds were breathtaking!
For me, this walk was a great mood elevator.
Here at the highest field is a clear view of all of Yokun Ridge and more.
Here's a view across the fields to Green Meads Farm, 
Take time to admire the clouds. 
At one of the middle fields we stopped for a group photo.

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