Hike highlight: Chesterwood offers surprising walk in the woods

What to expect: For two hours, amble about the former summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), one of America's foremost 20th century public sculptors. Now opened for ticked, pre-paid visitors, Chesterwood is now open for guests this summer. At this time, the house and the studio are not open for tours, but you can enjoy self-guided tours of the formal gardens, landscape, hiking trails and woodland walk, which currently features the contemporary sculpture of Rick and Laura Brown. You won't want to miss these tree-size sculptures winding through the well-kept paths throughout the property. Picnics are encouraged, but this is a carry in/carry out facility.

Information: Two-hour passes can be reserved at www.chesterwood.org for 10 a.m., 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. The entry fee is $20 per car and visitors can download maps and self-guided tours. All current Friends of Chesterwood can reserve their free parking passes through the online booking system, as well.

Directions: 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, just off Route 183 in the Glendale section of Stockbridge.