Geography

Take a virtual tour of the Alford Town Center

The town of Alford is 11.6 square miles in size and its average elevation is 839 feet. There are approximately 17 miles of public roadways and 5 miles of private roadways. Alford is surrounded by hills and mountains of the Taconic Range. The Green River, a tributary of the Housatonic River, flows through the southwest corner of town, and the Alford Brook flows through the central part of town, eventually flowing into the Green River in neighboring Great Barrington. The Alford Brook was known to the Stockbridge Indians as Seekonk (Wild Goose). Several other brooks flow into these two waterways. To the northeast of town, Tom Ball Mountain peaks just over the town line in West Stockbridge, with its western face being somewhat marshy.

Alford is home to the western terminus of Massachusetts Route 71, a short continuation of New York State Route 71. The Knox Trail follows this route into the state, and the road heads southeastward into Egremont before ending in Great Barrington. There are no other state routes in the town, with few local roads crossing through town. The nearest interstate, Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), passes through neighboring West Stockbridge, with its “turn-around” Exit 1 being 8 miles north of the town. The nearest rail, bus and air service is in Great Barrington, and the nearest national flights can be found at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.