Tyringham Cobble Park, Tyringham

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#21 of 29 in Parks in Berkshires
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 hills.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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  • August 28, 2017
    This can be made into a loop hike, hooking up with the AT for a little bit, up and over the hillside. Nice mixture of mowed paths in a farmland and walk in the woods with a couple pretty views.  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    This was our final hike of the day and at 2pm on a Sunday the parking lot was nearly full. 390' and 8/10ths of a mile will get you to the top of the Cobble and a nice view, there is also a nice view a...  more »
  • June 9, 2017
    Little over 2 mile hike with maybe 300' elev gain. Once you make the climb suggest counter clockwise there's a rock area to sit relax look at the old cemetery , house in the foreground as well as foot...  more »
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  • May 26, 2017
    Fantastic place for hiking. Offers lots of wonderful view of scenic vistas of The Berkshires.
  • July 9, 2017
    Beautiful loop trail for serious hikers.
  • June 29, 2017
    Beautiful - peaceful - medium length hike

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