We will either take 7, down to Williamston (as you suggested) or 91 and then 9 down to North Adams. The difference is probably less than half and hour.
What is more scenic? Probably the former?
There are awesome back roads around route 2 along the Mohawk Trail but I won't confuse you further with the drive through the beautiful Savoy Forest!
Because of my wife's work, we have to make a shorter trip (Friday-Sunday instead of Friday-Tuesday). Therefore we can't make it from Philly to New Hampshire (too far!!), and we decided to spend our weekend in the Pownal/Bennington/Berkshire area.
It will still be the same weekend (Oct 12-Oct14).
My idea is to spend a day in the Pownal/Mount Greylock area, and one day in Mowhawk trail and surrounding areas.
A couple of questions: we like hiking, are there recommended hiking trails on the Mount Greylock?
Any suggestions on what to see the next day around Mowhawk trail? We will definitely check the Flowers Bridge.
Our lodge is in Bennington.
https://www.boston.com/culture/travel/2 ... king-boots
Rock star of the Berkshires
The highest point in Massachusetts, 3,491-foot Mount Greylock, is the ultimate Berkshires hike, with summit views that span four states and 90 miles. (There’s an auto road to the summit as well, open seasonally.) This 12,500-acre state reservation offers 70 miles of trails ranging from easy to aggressive. For fit, experienced hikers looking for adventure, reaching the summit via the Appalachian Trail is an invigorating way to go. The trail travels the spine of the mountain, to the 92-foot-high Veterans War Memorial Tower at its peak.
Park at the trailhead at Outlook Avenue in Cheshire (look for the triangular AT signs.) The 6.8 miles to the top — nearly 14 miles round-trip — will take you at least seven hours, so start early, bring lots of water, and make sure you’re physically up for this. (If not, see auto road, above.) As for foliage: You’ll be in the thick of it, hiking through forests of oak and maple, along with thickets of birch, hemlock, and centuries-old spruce. Note that the weather changes as you ascend, so you’ll want to layer your clothing and bring gloves, a warm hat, and waterproof jacket to stay comfortable on your trek. Of course, the views from the summit on a clear day are beyond gorgeous, taking in the peaks of Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New York in a kaleidoscope of color. On a cloudy day, you’ll see . . . not so much. But, hey, you made it!
To download a trail map, see http://www.mass.gov.
For more information: http://www.berkshires.org.
Any other suggested location in the area for that period?
The way that things are progressing, do you think it could be too early too see color in that weekend? Last year I was in the green mountains in the same weekend and was all either green or brown.
As mentioned the following day will be Mount Graylock + Mohawk trail in the Berkshire, which I am pretty excited about.
Please let me know if you have any other questions on Southern VT or Mohawk. CT