Hilltown Wilderness Adventures

DAR State Forest

37 Ratings

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In a Nutshell

Dogsledders helm sleighs drawn by alaskan huskies that carve through snowy trails in a forested landscape

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Apr 16, 2016. Amount paid never expires. 225 lbs. max weight. Reservation required, 48 hour advance notice required. Subject to availability. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Must be 15 years of age or older and in good health conditions. For children 14 & under, contact Hilltown Wilderness Adventures directly about special accommodations to join the trip. Available by appointment only. If there is no snow, lessons and rides will take place over dry land. Not valid in combination with promo codes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $179 for a four hour dogsledding adventure with a husky racing team ($400 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 alaskan huskies for a meet and greet, petting the pooches and feeding them snacks. Then, before taking the reins, guests are coached in groups of up to 18 by experienced dogsledders, led by Marla BB—whose experience as a dogsled-racer in Alaska and other frozen climbs has garnered the attention of Valley Advocate, Animal Planet, and PBS. This coaching sessions includes tips for harnessing and handling the dogs and driving the sled as well as info on the history of mushing. During the dogsled run, the sleigh slices swift tracks into snow packed by brawny paws as mushers slink around trails carved into picturesque forest terrain. Here, guests have the chance to drive their own three- to four-dog team following the lead of a professional musher.

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

37 Ratings

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. · 5 days ago
So fun! A dog-lover's adventure. Marla is an enthusiastic, cheerful, and knowledgeable guide for this unique activity. The dogs are friendly, affectionate, and happy -- clearly well-cared for and loving their "jobs" as sled dogs. Ample time is given to visitors to visit with each dog individually, as well as participate fully, helping with gearing the dogs up and down before & after the cart ride.
Gmcshandangelo · 7 days ago
We enjoyed working with the dogs and having the ride. The dogs are amazing.
Joyce C. · November 7, 2016
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    DAR State Forest

    78 Cape Street

    Goshen, MA 01032


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