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Hike Highlight: Arrowhead nature trails take you back in time

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What to expect: Take in a little bit of history and a whole lot of wildflowers on the nature trails surrounding the home of Herman Melville's Arrowhead on Holmes Road. The mostly wide, grassy trails loop around the open meadow adjacent to Melville's former home. Over 100 species of wildflowers, grasses, hedges, and rushes grow on the property. Follow the path up a shallow hill and into the woods behind the historic home, which is currently closed for tours due to COVID-19 precautions, and the trial narrows but is still easily accessible. Trail markers are easy to follow as you wind through the forest, stepping over the occasional fallen tree while hearing the calls of the countless species of birds that live there. This is a relaxing, easy hike that in total takes about an hour, with great views of the surrounding mountains. While walking through the meadow you can almost imagine how Melville and his family must have made this same hike around the property so many years ago. Do bring sunblock, as the meadow trail is without shade, and also bug spray, as some parts of the trails in the woods are slightly overgrown.

Hours: The grounds and nature trail are open year-round, for free, during daylight hours.


Directions: 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. Parking is behind the red barn.



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