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The Craggy Knoll Letterbox (1 box).
No Longer Missing
If possible you should try to do this box in mid- to late-April.
This makes a lovely hike year-round, but the spring wild flowers
will blow you away.
From the east, take the Mass Pike west until you are almost in
New York. Take Rt 7 south through Great Barrington and Sheffield.
Once into Ashley Falls watch for the sign for the right hand turn
towards Bartholomew's Cobble. Follow the signs to the cobble.
Bartholomew's Cobble is a National Natural Landmark that is
maintained by the Trustees of Reservations. A donation is
requested at the small natural history center at the entrance.
Explore the cobble carefully. This box was placed very carefully
to minimize the potential for plant squishage.
At the entrance, follow the Ledge Trail to the right. Check out
the cave - I saw some Marchantia on a small rock on the path to
the cave. Return to the Ledge Trail and follow it until you reach
the Craggy Knoll Trail on the left. Follow the CKT up the hill
and around the bend. You should be able to see the river ahead,
down to the right as you come around the bend.
Look for the table rock on your immediate right. Five paces
along the trail from the table rock, by your left foot the
PLEASE use great care so that the small green creatures in front
of the box's home are not damaged.
I hope you enjoy the cobble. It is one of the most amazing
places that I have experienced.
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