The original Hidden Hills map and the website were developed with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation funds, with the purpose of encouraging travel and tourism to the towns bypassed by the Massachusetts Turnpike. These towns are special in that they have maintained their rural character and open spaces over the decades.
Massachusetts Route 20 is also known as the Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway. It ambles through many of the towns that the Mass Turnpike left forgotten. A trip on Route 20 gives people the sense of being transported back to a time when the Berkshires were bucolic farmland and untouched wilderness.
The wild and scenic Westfield River winds through the area, with its many tributaries, making this a great area for outdoor activities of all types, from trout fishing to cross-country skiing and hiking.
Have you ever heard the term Shunpiking?
Shunpiking refers to the deliberate act of avoiding roads which require a toll for passage. In the old days, this was done to save money. Modern travelers appreciate unique, off the beaten path places. Naturalists of all types will love the Hidden Hills of Western Massachusetts, as well as anyone looking for a quiet place to spend a day or a week. For your next Sunday drive, head to the wonderful Hidden Hills, and use our itineraries to customize your excursion into the countryside.
We’re here to encourage you to get off the Turnpike and into some of these tranquil, almost forgotten towns–the Hidden Hills!
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