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Tyringham Cobble, Tyringham

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Tyringham Cobble is a 206acre open space reservation located in Tyringham, Massachusetts on 411 m (1,348 ft) Cobble Hill in The Berkshires. It is managed by The Trustees of Reservations, a non-profit conservation organization, and is notable for its scenic views over the rural landscape of Tyringham Valley from rocky ledges and open fields. The reservation consists of the hill and surrounding agricultural and pasture land. In 2008, part of the 2,175 mile (3,500 km) Appalachian Trail was routed over the summit ledges.HistoryCobble is derived from the German word kobel or koble, usually applied to small, rocky, rounded and exposed hill.Cobble Hill belongs to the largest pre-Cambrian geologic territory in Massachusetts. Studies of the hill by geologist Daniel Clark in 1895 showed that rock strata on the bottom of the hill was younger than strata on the top, leading him to conclude, incorrectly, that the hill had "broken off a nearby mountain and flipped over during a great geological cataclysm 500 million years ago." The actual mechanism was thrust-faulting, an orogenic process by which the collision of tectonic plates results in the shoving up and over of older rock layers atop younger layers. Specimens from Clark's research are now part of the stone work above the fireplace of the Tyringham Public Library and the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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  • This is a great little hike in Tyringham. Highly recommended if you want to see the scenery without expending too much energy! The loop is an easy 2 mile hike . You start by walking up through a meado...  more »
  • Our family of 7 (kids ages 6-21) enjoyed this hike. Very doable for kids in this range, and good for those wanting a decent hike...not too hard, but still some nice challenges. Perfect. Bonus that par...  more »
  • An enjoyable hike. Not very difficult at all. Many people came with their dogs. A bit sunny in the field area.