Eden Hill is located in a scenic and serene environment which is rich in cultural and outdoor activities. Here is a list of some of the offerings in the area.
DOWNHILL & CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
A true family mountain, with 22 trails covering 110 skiable acres. Offering new Terrain Parks open to both Skiers & Snowboarders. Butternut features a 1000′ vertical drop, top elevation of 1800′ and 100% snowmaking.
Features variety of terrain covering 1000 vertical feet, dependable snowmaking and close proximity to New York’s Hudson Valley, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Catamount is pleased to open the new Snowboard Megaplex. It contains banks, jumps, rails, tabletops, and a huge 400-foot half-pipe. Challenging!
There are 23 trails covering 107 skiable acres, providing wide, sweeping and open trails. Eleven lighted trails make Mohawk Mountain the largest night skiing area in Connecticut. Cross-country skiing nearby.
The White Memorial Conservation Center
Some folks prefer the peace and quiet of a leisurely trail, and the relaxing pace of cross-country skiing. Rentals are available, together with hundreds of acres and 35 miles of trails nearby at White Memorial Conservation Center! X-C Rentals availible at Trail’s Edge Sports.
WALKING & BICYCLE PATHS
Harlem Rail Trail
A paved bicycle and pedestrian path on the former railroad track that connected New York City with upstate New York. It’s great for walking, running, bicycling, cross-country skiing – a great way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Harlem Valley. The 22 mile path can be accessed in nearby Millerton, NY.
Between the Lakes Road
This is a town maintained gravel road, which runs between and close to Lakes Washinee and Washining, from U.S, 44 to Twin Lakes Road, a distance of about 2 miles. The junction with U.S. 44 is 3 miles East of Salisbury and the junction with Twin Lakes Road is about 1/2 miles East of the Taconic Post Office.
This enchanting National Natural Landmark is located in Sheffield, Massachusetts on Weatogue Road just North of the state line. There are trails along the Housatonic River and others across the road from the parking area up into a high meadow with distant views. The area abounds in ferns and wildflowers and there is a small museum. Bartholomew’s Cobble is owned and maintained by the Trustees of Reservations, a private land trust in Massachusetts, There is a small charge for hiking there. Maps are available in the parking area or at the adjoining Colonel Ashley House, which is a part of the property.
Appalichian Trail River Trail
This is part of the Appalachian Trail which winds along the bank of the Housatonic River for about one mile in Falls Village. It is more interesting because of some side trails and historic markers installed and maintained by Northeast Utilities, This area has a fascinating history of industrial development, which however never matured. It is all explained in a brochure available at the trail entrance. It begins at a parking area next to the power station On the East side of the “Iron Bridge” near Falls-Village.
Kent Falls is perhaps one of the most scenic facilities in the state park system. The cascading waterfall draws thousands of visitors each year especially during the spring and fall. The Falls are a draw for both amateur and professional photographers.
Housatonic Meadow State Park (451 acres)
Located in the rock-strewn valley of the Housatonic River amid the rugged hills of the Northwestern uplands, Housatonic Meadows is an ideal setting for a variety of out door recreational activities.
Haystack Mountain (224 acres)
The 34 foot high stone tower at the summit of Haystack Mountain (1716 feet above sea level) allows visitors to see Long Island Sound, the Berkshires, and peaks in Massachusetts and New York. .
This 240 acre estate, was gifted to the State of Connecticut in 1935 by Dr. Frederick Shepard Dennis, a noted New York surgeon. A unique summit pavilion (formerly summer residence), located at an elevation of 1627 feet, is a popular attraction. Haystack Mountain, Mt. Greylock, the Green Mountains, and a portion of the State of New Hampshire can be readily seen from the summit. * Activities: (H) Picnicking, Hiking, (H) Overlook, Cross-Country Skiing
Topsmead is an English tudor mansion set on 511 acres. During the summer the house is open for tours. The grounds are open year-round and feature hiking, sledding, cross country skiing, as well as picnic areas.
Mohawk State Park
This Park, under lease to the Mohawk Mountain Ski Area, is known for being one of Connecticut’s finest winter sporting areas. The Mountain offers a sweeping panorama of the western highlands, especially during the fall foliage season. A road to an abandoned fire tower, plus vista cuts, provide these enchanting views. Activities: Hiking, (H) Picnicking, (H) Scenic Vista, Snowmobiling, Nature Area, Cross-Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing.
Along the Farmington River, this forest features hunting areas, fishing areas, hiking and cross-country ski trails, snowmobiling, and sports fields. Of particular interest is the Mathies Grove picnic area, set among great pines that are over 2 centuries old.
Norfolk Chamber Festival, Yale School of Music
Nestled among northwest Connecticut’s pastoral Litchfield Hills, the village of Norfolk has hosted the Yale Summer School of Music and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival since 1941. Concerts Thursday thru Saturday.
Music Mountain, the oldest continuing Summer Chamber Music Festival in the United States, celebrates its 72nd Season in 2001. Founded in 1930 as the permanent home of the Gordon String Quartet, Music Mountain’s unique and beautiful campus on 132 acres in the Berkshire foothills is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Music Mountain offers a marvelous setting for both the musicians and the audience. The centerpiece is Gordon Hall, one of the finest chamber music facilities in the country. With seating for 335 and legendary acoustics, Gordon Hall provides resonant and lovely sound, with views of the gardens, grounds and hills from every seat or from the lawn permitting listeners to savor music and nature as one.
Tri-Arts Berkshire Stage
TriArts Sharon Playhouse is a not-for-profit summer theatre, located at the foot of the Berkshires in Litchfield County, CT. Using a unique blend of professional designers, directors, musicians, Equity actors, non-Equity actors, and dedicated community performers and volunteers, TriArts mounts two to three main stage productions each summer season as well as several special concerts. TriArts also offers workshops, readings of new works, and special events throughout the year in our smaller black box space located across from our main stage in the Bok Gallery.
Barrington Stage Company
Located in the Berkshire Hills of southwestern Massachusetts, was founded in December, 1994 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and former Managing Director Susan Sperber. BSC’s mission is two-fold: to produce and develop top-notch professional theatre and to develop a local audience by establishing a strong community relationship with residents of Berkshire County and the adjoining tri-state area.
Mahiawe Performing Arts Center
The Mahaiwe is now a unique year-round performing arts center presenting music, dance, theater, opera, and classic films in the southern Berkshires. The theater seats almost 700 audience members. We have brought hundreds of live events as well as classic films, and the Metropolitan Opera “Live in HD” broadcasts to the theater’s stage and screen as well as hosted dozens of performances presented by others. The Mahaiwe strives to welcome the broadest possible community into our theater on an ongoing basis.
The Colonial Theatre
Great Barrington Triplex Theatre
Special Places of Interest
The Mount was Edith Wharton’s “first real home. Wharton designed and built The Mount in 1902, based on the principles outlined in her influential book, The Decoration of Houses (1897), co-authored with architect Ogden Codman Jr.
For more than 30 summers, Daniel Chester French lived and worked in this serene corner of the Berkshires. The focal point of the Chesterwood Tour is, of course, the artist’s Studio, and the beautiful formal gardens and grounds where time seems to stand still. Throughout his career, French created more than 100 public monuments, including two of our nation’s most powerful symbols: the Minute Man in Concord and the seated Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Museum is open from May to October.
Franklin Roosvelt National Historical Site
This 300-acre site contains “Springwood,” the life-long home of America’s only four-term President. Also on the site is the Presidential Library and Museum, operated by the National Archives. Visitors may enjoy a guided tour of FDR’s home, take a self-guided tour of the Museum, or stroll the grounds, gardens and trails. The site is open year-round, except for major holidays.
The Vanderbilt Estate in Hyde Park, New York, is perhaps the best, most intact example of “Guilded Age” estates constructed by wealthy industrialists in the 19th century. It was the home of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt, and was constructed between 1896 and 1898. The fully-furnished, 54-room mansion is placed in a wondrous landscape with breathtaking views of the Hudson River and distant Catskill Mountains. With Trails and formal gardens, it offers a glimpse into a past world known by only an elite few. The estate is open year-round.
Skip Barber Race Track and Driving School
Antiques and Craft Centers
There are 3 local riding stables.
Allyndale Golf Center (9 holes)
Canaan Country Club (9 holes)
Egremont Country Club (18 holes)
Located in Canaan, CT, a short drive from Eden Hill.