Pittsfield

Pittsfield City Hall

Pittsfield is a small city in western Massachusetts. It is the largest city in Berkshire County and home to Berkshire Community College.

Get in

By air

By car

Pittsfield is on Routes 20 and 7, accessible via Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) Exit 2.

By rail

Pittsfield is a rail stop on Amtrak's Lakeshore Limited, which operates daily between Boston and Chicago.

By bus

Pittsfield is served by several intercity bus lines offering regular service to Boston, New York, Albany, Hartford and points in between.

Get around

Berkshire Life Insurance Company Building

See

Round Barn, Hancock Shaker Village

Note that if you have a library card from one of the libraries in the C/W MARS network, or know someone who is willing to use theirs for you, you can get free or reduced cost passes to several of the museums and historical homes/sites listed here.

Do

The studio where Melville wrote Moby Dick

Tennis courts

first come - first serve

Public golf courses

Biking and Hiking

View of Mt. Greylock from Arrowhead

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Hotels and motels

Camping

Stay Safe

Pittsfield is for the most part a sleepy city with a low crime rate, and usually safe to walk through even after dark, but you may want to exercise some caution while on the side of the city west of North Street late at night.

Of more concern is the PCB contamination caused by General Electric's toxic waste dumping during the middle decades of the 1900s. While much of it has since been cleaned up, there are still a few areas that are not safe for human activity. One main one is the Housatonic River, which is still dirty and contaminated; do not fish, swim, wade, etc. in the river waters or any ponds or flood plains that spring from it. The other main one is Silver Lake. While it looks cleaner and is worth driving past because the area is scenic and has many geese and ducks, it too is not safe for swimming, wading, picnicking, etc. There are a few other areas still contaminated as well, mainly around the river; basically, if you see a sign saying the area is contaminated or has PCBs, heed it. Onota and Pontoosuc offer plenty of safe water to frolic in, and there's no shortage of pretty places to walk in Pittsfield, so you won't be missing much.

Go next

The Pioneer Valley and Boston are both close by to the east, roughly an hour and two-hour drive, respectively. To the west, Albany is reachable with around an hour's drive.

Routes through Pittsfield

Buffalo (Depew) Albany (Rensselaer)  W  E  Springfield Boston
Rutland Lanesborough  N  S  Lenox Danbury
Albany Rensselaer  W  E  Lenox Springfield
North Adams Lanesborough  N  S  Becket Torrington
END  W  E  Northampton Worcester


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