Hilltown Wilderness Adventures

DAR State Forest

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Dogsledders helm sleighs drawn by nine alaskan huskies that carve through snowy trails in mountain landscape followed by cocoa & cookies

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Promotional value expires Mar 1, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required, subject to availability and weather. Must sign waiver. Not valid for infants. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Dogsledding carries on an ancient tradition of animal-powered competition, taking its rightful place alongside chariot races and hansom-cab demolition derbies. Team up with nature with today’s Groupon: for $249, you get a 45-minute winter dogsled adventure for two with cocoa and cookies at Hilltown Wilderness Adventures in West Chesterfield (a $500 value).

Hilltown Wilderness Adventures harnesses canines to snug sleighs, sending dog-drawn mushers on exhilarating adventures through the foothills of the Berkshires. Pairs of bipeds join nine alaskan huskies for a meet and greet, petting the pooches, feeding them snacks, and exchanging phone numbers. Then, before taking the reins, guests are coached by experienced dogsledders, led by Marla BB—whose experience as a dogsled-racer in Alaska and other frozen climes has garnered the attention of Valley Advocate, Animal Planet, and PBS. During the dogsled run, the sleigh slices swift tracks into snow packed by brawny paws as mushers slink around trails carved into 17 acres of picturesque mountain terrain. After the ride, canine captains can sip on hot chocolate or nosh on homemade cookies before thanking their dogs with a friendly handshake or a piggyback ride.

Hilltown Wilderness Adventures

The proprietor and chief guide behind Hilltown Wilderness Adventures, Marla BB, invites patrons to hitch their dreams of adventure onto the backs of her alaskan huskies for mushing, skijoring, and outdoor excursions in the Berkshires. Her hallmark attraction is mushing through both snowy hills and on dryland tracks—a unique offering for the region that has earned her attention from media outlets such as Mushing magazine and Animal Planet.

The skijoring and sled-dog school teaches novices how to captain a team of dogs either in a sled or on skis, which can give them a way to skip long ski-resort lift lines. Marla also leads day excursions through DAR State Forest, Chesterfield Gorge and Westfield River, and the Deerfield River Watershed, keeping bikers, hikers, kayakers, and bird watchers safe as she is a certified wilderness first responder and an expert in swift-water safety and rescue.

Customer Reviews

They take their time to show us the dog sledding adventure and know exactly what to do in all situations. It was a great experience
Christopher P. · March 28, 2017
Had an amazing time! The huskies are all very friendly and the staff are all very kind and accommodating. The experience was well worth it and we will definitely be booking again in the future =) thanks again Marla, Jeff and Chris!!!!
Jane K. · December 4, 2016
This was so fun! Can't say enough good things! Purchased the 2 person Groupon for husband and me, and 1 person for son. He brought a friend, who used a 1 person Groupon, so everyone got a great value. The boys loved interacting with the dogs, who were so sweet and affectionate. Just a great day trip for dog-lovers, unique and memorable.
Gina M. · November 29, 2016
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    DAR State Forest

    78 Cape Street

    Goshen, MA 01032


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