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The Berkshires are a branch of the Appalachian Mountains in Western Massachusetts. often referred to as the "Berkshire Hills," although Massachusetts residents frequently refer to them as mountains. The Appalachian Mountains are a system of North American mountains running from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada to Alabama in the United States, although the northernmost mainland portion ends at the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. ... Western Massachusetts is a geographical region of the state of Massachusetts which contains the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley. ... State nickname: Bay State Other U.S. States Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney Official languages English Area 27,360 km² (44th)  - Land 20,317 km²  - Water 7,043 km² (25. ...

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Geology

Over half a billion years ago Africa collided with North America, pushing up the Appalachian Mountains and forming the Taconic bedrock of the Berkshires. Erosion over hundreds of mllions of years wore these mountains down to the hills that we see today. See also: Taconic orogeny. The Appalachian Mountains are a system of North American mountains running from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada to Alabama in the United States, although the northernmost mainland portion ends at the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. ... Illustration of the Taconic orogeny The Taconic orogeny was a great mountain building period that perhaps had the greatest overall effect on the geologic structure of basement rocks within the New York Bight region. ...


Ecology

Today efforts are being made on behalf of many organizations to preserve these mountains for human enjoyment. The Housatonic River is a popular area for trout fishing, and the area's relative pristineness contributes to the popularity of nature walks in the region. The Housatonic River is a river, approximately 144 mi (230 km) long, in western Massachusetts and central Connecticut in the United States. ...


Sightseeing

The Berkshires are a popular tourist attraction and vacation getaway, serving the same function in relation to the Commonwealth that the Catskills do in New York and the Poconos for Pennsylvania. With numerous trails, including part of the Appalachian Trail, large tracts of wilderness, and the non-profit Berkshire Botanical Garden and Hebert Arboretum the Berkshires are very popular with nature lovers. Catskill State Park as seen from Overlook Mountian The Catskill Mountains are an extension of the Appalachian Mountains into New York State. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... The Poconos, or the Pocono Mountains region, is a mountainous region of about 2,400 square miles (6,200 km²) located in northeastern Pennsylvania. ... State nickname: The QUENESE PERSON STATE Other U.S. States Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell Official languages None Area 119,283 km² (33rd)  - Land 116,074 km²  - Water 3,208 km² (2. ... The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail, is a 2,174 mile (3500 km) marked hiking trail in the eastern United States, running from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. ... The Berkshire Botanical Garden, is a 15 acre (61,000 m²) botanical garden in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA. Its collections contain over 3,000 species and varieties, with an emphasis on plants that thrive in the Berkshires. ... The Hebert Arboretum is a new arboretum located at Springside Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA. The Arboretum displays diverse collection of trees and other plants in formal landscapes and in a natural setting. ...


The Chapin Library offers a wide selection of rare books and documents for display. The Norman Rockwell Museum, Clark Art Institute, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCA), and Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) comprise the region's diverse selection of art museums. The area is also home to numerous summer stock theatre festivals, such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown), Berkshire Theatre Festival (Stockbridge), Shakespeare and Company (Lenox), and also hosts a regional dance company, Jacob's Pillow. The Norman Rockwell Museum is home to the worlds largest collection of original Rockwell art. ... The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, usually referred to simply as The Clark, is an art museum with a large and varied collection located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. ... The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, commonly referred to as MASS MoCA, is a museum located in North Adams, Massachusetts. ... Williamstown is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Stockbridge is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Lenox is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ...


External links

  • Hiking/outdoor activity information for Berkshire Mountains, Hudson Valley, and Litchfield Hills (http://www.berkshirehiking.com)


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts File links The following pages link to this file: Cape Cod Nantucket, Massachusetts Barnstable County, Massachusetts Berkshire County, Massachusetts Bristol County, Massachusetts Dukes County, Massachusetts Essex County, Massachusetts Franklin County, Massachusetts Hampden County, Massachusetts Hampshire County, Massachusetts Middlesex County, Massachusetts Norfolk County, Massachusetts Plymouth County, Massachusetts Suffolk County, Massachusetts Worcester... State nickname: Bay State Other U.S. States Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney Official languages English Area 27,360 km² (44th)  - Land 20,317 km²  - Water 7,043 km² (25. ...

Capital:

Boston Nickname: Beantown, The Hub, Athens of America Location in the state of Massachusetts Founded September 17, 1630 County Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 232. ...

Regions:

The Berkshires | Greater Boston | Cape Cod | North Shore | Pioneer Valley | South Shore | Western Massachusetts Greater Boston is the area of Massachusetts closely surrounding Boston, Massachusetts. ... Cape Cod and the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coastline Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay from space, April 1997. ... Contents // Categories: Stub | Massachusetts geography ... The southern portion of the Pioneer Valley looking south down the Connecticut River. ... The South Shore of Massachusetts is a geographic region stretching south and east from Boston along the shore of Massachusetts Bay toward Cape Cod. ... Western Massachusetts is a geographical region of the state of Massachusetts which contains the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley. ...

Cities:

Attleboro | Boston | Brockton | Cambridge | Chicopee | Fall River | Fitchburg | Gardner | Holyoke | Lawrence | Lowell | New Bedford | Northampton | Pittsfield | Salem | Springfield | Taunton | Westfield | Worcester List of cities in Massachusetts, arranged in alphabetical order. ... Attleboro is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts and is immediately north of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. ... Nickname: Beantown, The Hub, Athens of America Location in the state of Massachusetts Founded September 17, 1630 County Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 232. ... Brockton is a city located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Harvard Square, May 2000 Cambridge is a city in the Greater Boston area in Massachusetts, United States. ... Chicopee is a city located on the Connecticut River in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Fall River is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... The L.J. Brown Block, Main Street, Fitchburg, circa 1885, from a Bay State Monthly article Fitchburg is a city located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Gardner is a city located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Holyoke is a city located in Hampden County, Massachusetts, on the banks of the Connecticut River. ... Lawrence is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts on the Merrimack River. ... Ruins of abandoned mill along the Merrimack River in downtown Lowell Lowell is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... A view of New Bedford from the harbor New Bedford is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Northampton, Massachusetts Main Street Northampton is a city located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. ... Pittsfield is a city located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Salem Maritime National Historic Site Salem is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... City nickname: City of Homes Location in the state of Massachusetts Founded May 14, 1636 County Hampden County Mayor Charles Ryan (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 86. ... Taunton is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Westfield is a city located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: The Heart of the Commonwealth, The City of Seven Hills Location in the state of Massachusetts Founded 1673 County Worcester County Mayor Timothy P. Murray (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 99. ...

Towns:

Abington | Acton | Acushnet | Adams | Alford | Amherst | Andover | Aquinnah | Arlington | Ashburnham | Ashby | Ashfield | Ashland | Athol | Auburn | Avon | Ayer | Barre | Becket | Bedford | Belchertown | Bellingham | Belmont | Berkley | Berlin | Bernardston | Billerica | Blackstone | Blandford | Bolton | Bourne | Boxboro | Boxford | Boylston | Braintree | Brewster | Bridgewater | Brimfield | Brookfield | Brookline | Buckland | Burlington | Canton | Carlisle | Carver | Charlemont | Charlton | Chatham | Chelmsford | Cheshire | Chester | Chesterfield | Chilmark | Clarksburg | Clinton | Cohasset | Colrain | Concord | Conway | Cummington | Dalton | Danvers | Dartmouth | Dedham | Deerfield | Dennis | Dighton | Douglas | Dover | Dracut | Dudley | Dunstable | Duxbury | East Bridgewater | East Brookfield | East Longmeadow | Eastham | Easton | Edgartown | Egremont | Erving | Essex | Fairhaven | Falmouth | Florida | Foxborough | Framingham | Freetown | Georgetown | Gill | Goshen | Gosnold | Grafton | Granby | Granville | Great Barrington | Groton | Groveland | Hadley | Halifax | Hamilton | Hampden | Hancock | Hanover | Hanson | Hanson | Hardwick | Harvard | Harwich | Hatfield | Hawley | Heath | Hingham | Hinsdale | Holbrook | Holden | Holland | Holliston | Hopedale | Hopkinton | Hubbardston | Hudson | Hull | Huntington | Ipswich | Kingston | Lakeville | Mansfield | Marion | Marshfield | Mattapoisett | Medfield | Medway | Mendon | Middleborough | Milford | Millis | Millville | Milton | Needham | Norfolk | North Attleborough | Norton | Norwell | Norwood | Oak Bluffs | Pembroke | Peru | Plainville | Plymouth | Plympton | Randolph | Raynham | Rehoboth | Rochester | Rockland | Scituate | Seekonk | Sharon | Somerset | Stoughton | Swansea | Tisbury | Walpole | Wareham | Wellesley | West Bridgewater | West Tisbury | Westport | Westwood | Weymouth | Whitman | Wrentham | Abington is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Acton is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts about twenty-four miles west-northwest of Boston along Massachusetts Route 2 past Concord. ... Acushnet is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Adams is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Alford is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Amherst is a town located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. ... Andover is a town located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Aquinnah is a town, formerly known as Gay Head, located on Marthas Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts. ... Arlington is a town in eastern Massachusetts, six miles northwest of Boston, latitude 42 degrees 25 minutes north, longitude 71 degrees 09 minutes west. ... Ashburnham is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Ashby is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Ashfield is a town located in Franklin County, Massachusetts. ... Ashland is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Athol is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Auburn is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Avon is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Ayer is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Barre is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Becket is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Bedford is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 12,595. ... Belchertown is a town located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. ... Bellingham is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Belmont is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. ... Berkley is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Berlin is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Bernardston is a town located in Franklin County, Massachusetts. ... Billerica is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Blackstone is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Blandford is a town located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Bolton is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Bourne is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Boxborough is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 4,868. ... Boxford is a town located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Boylston is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Braintree is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Brewster is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Bridgewater is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Brimfield is a town located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Brookfield is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Brookline is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Buckland is a town located in Franklin County, Massachusetts. ... Burlington is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Canton is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Carlisle is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Carver is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Charlemont is a town located in Franklin County, Massachusetts. ... Charlton is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Chatham is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Chelmsford is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts located 32 miles from Boston. ... Cheshire is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Chester is a town located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Chesterfield is a town located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. ... Chilmark is a town located on Marthas Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts. ... Clarksburg is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Clinton is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Cohasset is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, though it is not contiguous with the main body of the county. ... Colrain is a town located in Franklin County, Massachusetts. ... Concord is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 16,993. ... Conway is a town located in Franklin County, Massachusetts. ... Cummington is a town located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. ... Dalton is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Danvers is a town located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Dartmouth is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Dedham is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Deerfield is a town located in Franklin County, Massachusetts. ... Dennis is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Dighton is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 6,175. ... Douglas is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Dover is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Dracut is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Dudley is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Dunstable is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Duxbury is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... East Bridgewater is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... East Brookfield is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... East Longmeadow is a town located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Eastham is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Easton is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Edgartown is a town located on Marthas Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts. ... Egremont is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Erving is a town located in Franklin County, Massachusetts. ... Essex is a town located in Essex County, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston. ... Fairhaven is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Falmouth is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Florida is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Foxborough (or Foxboro) is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Boston. ... Framingham is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 66,910, making it the most populous town in Massachusetts, and at present, the largest town in North America. ... Freetown is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Georgetown is a town located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Gill is a town located in Franklin County, Massachusetts. ... Goshen is a town located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. ... Gosnold is a town located in Dukes County, Massachusetts. ... Grafton is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Granby is a town located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 6,132. ... Granville is a town located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Great Barrington is a mountain town located in rural Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... The First Parish Church is a landmark on Main Street in Groton. ... Groveland is a town located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Hadley is a town located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. ... Halifax is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Hamilton is a town located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Hampden is a town located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Hancock is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Hanover is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Hanson is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Hanson is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Hardwick is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Harvard is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Harwich is a town on Cape Cod, in Barnstable County in the state of Massachusetts in the United States. ... Hatfield is a town located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. ... Hawley is a town located in Franklin County, Massachusetts. ... Heath is a town located in Franklin County, Massachusetts. ... Hingham is a town located in Plymouth County on the South Shore of Massachusetts. ... Hinsdale is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Holbrook is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Holden is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Holland is a town located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Holliston is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Hopedale is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Hopkinton is a town located in southwestern Middlesex County, Massachusetts, about 40 km (25 mi) from Boston. ... Hubbardston is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Hudson is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Aerial view of Hull Hull is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Huntington is a town located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. ... Ipswich is a town located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Kingston is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Lakeville is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Mansfield is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Marion is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Marshfield is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Mattapoisett is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Medfield is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Medway is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Mendon is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Middleborough is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Milford is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Millis is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Millville is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Milton is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Needham is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Norfolk is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... North Attleborough is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Norton is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Norwell is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Norwood is a town and census-designated place located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Oak Bluffs is a town located on Marthas Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts. ... Pembroke is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Plainville is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Plymouth is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Plympton is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Randolph is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Raynham is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Rehoboth is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Rochester is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Rockland is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Scituate is a small seacoast town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod Bay midway between Boston and Plymouth. ... The Town of Seekonk is a suburban community on the Rhode Island border. ... Sharon is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Somerset is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Stoughton (Official Name: Town of Stoughton) is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Swansea is a town located in Bristol County in southeastern Massachusetts. ... The Lighthouse of Tisbury in 1891 Northern view of Holmes Hole, East Tisbury, 1841 Tisbury is a town located on Marthas Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts. ... Walpole is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Wareham is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Wellesley is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... West Bridgewater is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... West Tisbury is a town located on Marthas Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts. ... Westport is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Westwood is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Weymouth is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Whitman is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Wrentham is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ...

Counties:

Barnstable | Berkshire | Bristol | Dukes | Essex | Franklin | Hampden | Hampshire | Middlesex | Nantucket | Norfolk | Plymouth | Suffolk | Worcester This is a list of Massachusetts counties: Massachusetts counties Barnstable County: one of three original counties created in the Plymouth Colony in 1685. ... Barnstable County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... Berkshire County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... Bristol County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... Dukes County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Essex County is a county located in the northeastern part of the state of Massachusetts. ... Franklin County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Hampden County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Hampshire County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Middlesex County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Nantucket is an island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, formed of glacial moraine. ... Norfolk County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Plymouth County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Suffolk County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Worcester County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ...


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