“There were blueberries everywhere that summer!” Elyse Harney laughs at the recollection of the many years that she and her late husband, John Harney, spent getting to know Appalachian Trail through-hikers as their journeys took them into the Harney’s hometown of Salisbury, CT. Through raising 5 children and having owned Salisbury’s White Hart Inn, Elyse and John developed a strong connection with the Appalachian Trail’s Berkshire Range. John Harney spent endless days getting to know and love the ins and outs of the area’s mountain range; sometimes for the enjoyment of skiing and others as a diligent parent trying to stay one step ahead of his four sons who were innately drawn to the mountain’s untamed adventure. Elyse enjoyed hosting hikers at The Inn where they were offered a brief respite of meals, showers and soft bedding in exchange for stories of adventure and good company. Even after their children were grown and the Inn was sold, Elyse & John remained active supporters of the trail – John through the AT Rescue Squad and Elyse through her continued hospitality out of their Salisbury home. Salisbury’s Appalachian Trail has continued its attraction for the Harney family – its rolling mountains are filled with memories of adventure, passion, tranquility, youthfulness and a strength that has always endured.
Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing are a wonderful way to continuing exploring the trails throughout the Tri-State Region’s
winter months. Check out the year-round trails that are woven throughout the Berkshires to begin your next winter adventure.