Protected: Warner Hill

View of Warner Hill, MassachusettesPhoto credit: Kelly Boling

As it passes through the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, The Appalachian Trail explores one of Southern New England’s last wild and remote landscapes. Here, Warner Hill receives both thru-hikers and day visitors, treating them to densely forested trails before giving way to a rocky, open landscape at its peak. Upon reaching Warner Hill’s summit, visitors are offered sweeping views of the Housatonic Valley, Mount Greylock, and the surrounding Berkshire Mountains.

But until recently, this wild landscape—which is crucial to the Appalachian Trail’s remote hiking experience—wasn’t fully protected and was at risk of sale and development.

Together with the National Park Service, The Trust for Public Land reversed this threat by securing its 370 vulnerable acres and adding it to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Warner Hill is now owned and managed by the National Park Service and will forever be publicly accessible.

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