Check out our StoryCorps interview with Christine Ward and Rachel Fletcher on how the Housatonic River Walk came into being. New pieces are planned for the future.


An assortment of articles about us over the years, including articles on Metacomet and King Philip’s War, River Walk’s history underfoot, and a paper on how river reclamations have a positive impact on community traditions.


You can read about the latest news and events on our home page. Past items are archived here for future reference.
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National Recreation Trail

The National Park Service named Great Barrington’s River Walk a National Recreation Trail on June 13, 2009, adding the greenway to a network of community trails nation-wide. U.S. Representative John W. Olver awarded the certificate. River Walk dedicated its Volunteer Bench naming Comstock Small the first recipient.

25th Anniversary

River Walk celebrated its 25th anniversary with a riverside festival on September 8, 2012, passing the baton to the next generation of stewards, formalizing our partnership with Berkshire’s Greenagers, and unvieling the permanent outdoor exhibit–W.E.B. Du Bois: Champion of Rivers Here at Home and Around the World.


The timeline created for the 250th anniversary of the Town of Great Barrington begins in 1988 with the Denny Alsop Riverbank Clean-up, when 16 volunteers removed 15 tons of debris from the riverbank. Subsequent events included the Housatilla Flotilla led by Mahican representatives in 1991, the dedication of the first 136 feet of trail in 1992, dedications of the Du Bois River Park and William Stanley Overlook in 2002 and 2006, and many more.