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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 box resides.

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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