Appalachian Trail

This driving route parallels the hiking trail, from the top of New England to the heart of Dixie, taking you through continuous natural beauty—without the sweat, bugs, or blisters.

Sheffield: Bartholomew’s Cobble

Between Great Barrington and the Connecticut state line, US-7 winds through Sheffield and is lined by dozens of antiques stores, earning this stretch the nickname “Antique Alley.” Sheffield also has a faded gray covered bridge, just 100 yards east of US-7 on the north side of town. At the south edge of Sheffield, just west of US-7 off Weatogue Road, the natural rock garden of Bartholomew’s Cobble ($5) rises up above the west bank of the Housatonic River. Geology and weather have conspired to produce an outstanding diversity of plants and birds—800 species, including beautiful wildflowers—within a relatively small pocket of fern-covered limestone outcrops and broad meadows. At the center of the 329-acre state-run reserve, a very pleasant walk up Hulburt’s Hill gives a broad view over the surrounding Berkshire scene.

 

Bartholomew’s Cobble (117 Cooper Hill Rd.)

Sheffield