Run through the town that inspired the great American folk artist Norman Rockwell at the Norman Rockwell Museum grounds in Stockbridge, Mass. Aside from an extensive collection of art by Rockwell and others, the museum boasts a 36 acre property, punctuated by impressive gardens, larger than life sculptures, and a series of lovely paths which wind through apple orchards down to the Housatonic River. If you’d like to extend your run past the museum grounds, the museum recommends a route Rockwell was known to enjoying biking on. This 3.3 mile one way follows Route 102 (West Stockbridge Road) from the Museum grounds until the intersection with Averic Road, which brings you to the scenic town water supply. Route 102 is nicely paved, with a shoulder the entire way, while Averic Road sees very little traffic. You can take Rt. 183 back to shorten the run, but note there’s little shoulder.
Afterwards, you can relax with a stroll through the museum or a treat at the Museum’s own Terrace Café (open Memorial Day through Columbus Day). For more information, visit the Museum website.
- In addition to Museum grounds: 6.6 miles out and back; Alt. Option is Rt. 183 back
- 289 feet
- Norman Rockwell Museum
- Parking at the museum, or run there from downtown Stockbridge