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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 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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  • Our group of three just hiked the Cobble. Fall foliage was still around. The views from the two summits were beautiful. The hike starts in a meadow and there is a gradual ascent to the summit. On the....  more »
  • In any season this is a very special place. Open land as you follow the path up the round hill, is lovely, and gives you a wonderful view. You don't need hiking boots, sneakers or such are...  more »
  • Fantastic short loop trail with great views and ambience. A bit steep in places but worth the climb. The surrounding countryside is charming and picturesque. I heard the BSO perform Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony the day before at Tanglewood, so what could be more appropriate to cap off a weekend in the Berkshires? "The awakening of joyful feelings upon arriving in the countryside."
  • Great breakfast and coffee with live music. Lots of fun shops including a well curated used bookstore. Worcester has more than you think!

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