Williamstown is blessed with two major north-south hiking trails, the Appalachian Trail and the Taconic Crest Trail. Have you ever wished you could get from one trail to the other, so as to hike a complete “ring” around Williamstown? Maybe one day you can. Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation has announced plans to create a continuous “Ring Trail.” As a first step, WRLF is sponsoring, as part of its 2017 series of monthly guided hikes, the first “Williamstown Ring Hike Series,” taking place on five Saturdays this summer. Each segment of the “Ring Hike” follows established hiking trails that lead up and over Mt. Greylock, Berlin Mountain and East Mountain.
The 4th in the ring series will be on Saturday July 29: Over East Mountain, via the Chestnut Trail, the Class of ’99 Trail, and the Appalachian Trail. Hikers meet at 9 am at the Greylock School on Phelps Ave., in North Adams, and carpool to the trail head on Chestnut Street in Williamstown. One of the most popular hiking areas in Williamstown, strenuous 3.6 miles