Berkshires, MA (The Berkshires)

Williamstown Running Options

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Williamstown is a popular destination in the Berkshires, known for the bucolic campus of Williams College, the Clark Art Institute, and the Williamstown Theater Festival. It’s possible to stitch together a nice run in Williamstown, avoiding busy Rt. 2 and Rt. 7. We’ve mapped a 5-mile route, but we suggest using it as a guideline to create your own…  For a post-run brew or bite, enjoy one of the several fun options on Spring St.

Start with a loop around the beautiful paths of Williams College, and then do a jaunt to the Clark Art Institute (using South Rd. or Knolls Rd), enjoying the grounds there. We’ve then mapped a 2.5 mile loop on quieter roads: Bulkley Street to Buxton Garden, then down NW Hill Rd. to Main St. It’s a good 200-foot climb!

Longer Option: Just east of Williams College, there are some nice running options. Run the paths of the Linear Park, and the pretty residential streets off Cole Rd. For some great views of the town and a good hill, run to the Pine Cobble Trailhead, and get the heart rate going on Pine Cobble Rd. You can also run/hike to the Pine Cobble Summit. The Pine Cobble Trail is 1.6 miles to the summit.

Essentials
  • Outline route is 5 miles, use as guide to create your own!
  • Hilly if depart from main roads/campus
  • Williams College campus
  • Park downtown