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5. A Riverside Drive in a National Heritage Area

Continue on Rte. 7 north, which follows the serpentine course of the Housatonic River on a designated scenic road that winds its way through the 9,534 acre wilderness of the Housatonic State Forest.

This is part of the newly designated Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area formed in partnership with the National Park Service. The area is noted for its scenic landscape and traditional New England towns. Writers, artists, and vacationers have visited the region for over 150 years, making it one of the country's leading cultural resorts. Encompassing 29 communities in the hilly terrain of western Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut, the upper Housatonic Valley is considered by many to be the quintessence of a civilized, independent, and thoughtful retreat.