Today Becket is perhaps best known as the home of the world famous Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, yet the town has a rich and deep history. For those that enjoy the outdoors a portion of the Walnut Hill Wildlife Management Area lies within the town, and to the west, the southeastern corner of October Mountain State Forest. The Appalachian Trail passes through the western part of town, circumventing the town of Lee while heading from Tyringham to Washington over Becket Mountain. Becket has long been beloved by fishermen and was known in the 1940’s for having one of the five best trout streams in the Berkshires. The West Branch of the Westfield River, which forms part of the northern boundary of Becket, was known for the brooks, browns and rainbow trout stocked there.
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