Hike the 0.5 mile Healthy Heart Loop and enjoy the fun story of a young fox!

The story walk will be on display for a self-guided adventure now through Sunday, August 16 (dawn to dusk) at The Boulders Reserve.

Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer by Mary Holland is a photographic journal of a red fox as he explores the world around him during the first few months of his life. He’s about a month old when he first comes out of the den. Watch as he learns to hunt through play and by using his senses.

See the changes as he grows from a young kit to a young fox. After all, by the next summer, he’ll have kits of his own! Naturalist photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland has captured Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer in a way that is sure to grab children’s hearts.

While the audience of the book is Kindergarten to 3rd grade, the content is great for all ages- even adults! It’s fun, informative, and exciting to see Ferdinand grow up!

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Downtown Pittsfield Inc/Facebook


To the trailhead parking area on Gulf Road, Dalton: take routes 8/9 east from the center of Pittsfield. Take a left onto Park Avenue in Dalton, past Craneville School. Take a left onto Gulf Road. Park at the pull-off on the left, opposite the parking for the Appalachian Trail. We do not recommend taking Gulf Road from Lanesboro; this is a very rough, seasonal dirt road.

GPS: 42.4816, -73.1783 (trailhead parking on Gulf Road)

The Boulders Reserve (a property of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council) is mostly located within the city limits of Pittsfield, but the above access and short trail are in Dalton.


Healthy Heart Loop:
This easy loop winds you through hemlock forest with no elevation changes.

Green trail:
Explore wetlands, large trees and a fern-filled forest floor on this hike with little elevation changes.

Red trail:
Walk through diverse forests, stopping mid-way at the pond, on this trail with moderate elevation changes.

Blue trail:
Follow an old wood road to the Boulders summit.

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