- Berkshire Hills
/berrk"shear, -sheuhr/a range of low mountains in W Massachusetts: resort region. Highest peak, Mt. Greylock, 3505 ft. (1070 m). Also called Berkshires.
* * *Segment of the Appalachian Mtns., western Massachusetts. Many of its summits exceed 2,000 ft (600 m), including Mount Greylock (3,491 ft, or 1,064 m), the highest point in the state. The wooded hills are a continuation of the Green Mtns. of Vermont; they include the Hoosac and Taconic ranges. Crossed by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Berkshires contain state parks and forests and are the home of the Tanglewood summer music festival (in Lenox).
* * *▪ mountains, United Statessegment of the Appalachian Mountains, U.S., mainly in Berkshire county, western Massachusetts. Many summits rise to more than 2,000 feet (600 metres), including Mount Greylock (Greylock, Mount) (3,491 feet [1,064 metres]), the highest point in Massachusetts. The scenic wooded hills are a continuation of the Green Mountains of Vermont; they include the Hoosac Range and Taconic Range (Massachusetts and New York) and the Litchfield Hills (Connecticut). The chief streams are the Deerfield and Westfield (east) and the Hoosic and Housatonic (Housatonic River) (west).Crossed by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (for hikers) and the Mohawk Trail scenic highway, the Berkshires have long been a favourite year-round vacation spot. Among the wilderness and recreation areas in the hills are Beartown State Forest, Mount Greylock State Reservation, and October Mountain State Forest. The Tanglewood Music Festival, in Lenox, is a major summertime attraction, and there are seasonal theatre and dance festivals in other towns.
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