Grab a pair of snowshoes and put on extra layers because it's winter in the Berkshires, and you might as well enjoy it. Sure, we've all been known to enjoy leaf peeping season, or a hike on a warm summer afternoon, but why not take advantage of what chilly Mother Nature has to offer in January? We asked our resident outdoorsman and Nature Watch columnist Thom Smith for his top five favorite winter hikes in the Berkshires. Here are his picks:

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