The Knox Trail, which runs through Otis, was used to transport cannons to the army fighting at Fort Ticonderoga in New York during the Revolutionary War.
Located in southern Berkshire County and close to the Mass Pike and points east, Otis is small and quaint, yet diverse in landscape. It features a large reservoir and several streams and ponds, plenty of wide-open fields and green spaces, and hills with elevations rising to nearly 2,000 feet. Otis is known for its laid-back attitude, and its residents’ love of the outdoors.
Created by dam at the confluence of three ponds, the reservoir was originally used for powering the mills along the Farmington River. Seasonal and year-round homes have been built all around the reservoir, which is open to fishing, boating, and canoeing.