Rafting, fishing, kayaking and other outdoor sports locations.
A clear, cold river cascades through Mohawk Trail State Forest along a rocky streambed. One of the most scenic wonderland areas in massachusetts, the state forest offers visitors a taste of real wilderness in a rustic setting. Over 6,000 acres of mountain ridges deep gorges and tall old-growth trees support a diversity of plants and animal life. 56 wooded campsites are available seasonally, and six overnight log cabins are available year-round. Discover miles of rivers and streams for excellent trout fishing, a swimming area, and a day-use picnic area.
The state forest is located along and named for the Mohawk Trail a historic Native American foot path that connected the Connecticut and Hudson River Valleys. Sections of this route are open for hiking today as the Mahican-Mohawk Trail.
The forest is open May through mid October from sunrise until sunset. A $5.00 fee per vehicle is charged for parking.
Camping season is Mid April through Mid October, Cabins are available year round and accommodate 3-5 people. Recreational vehicles up to 30 ft. are permitted on designated sites.
Reservations are suggested.
Off-season camping is available, call for information.
Campground office hours 8am - 10pm
Wild and rugged Monroe State Forest has beep valleys, steep mountains and tall trees reaching for the sky. To view this forested landscape with valley-filled fog is an unforgttable experience. A hike to the top of Spruce Mountain or to Raycroft lookout offers magnificent panoramas of the surrounding Hoosac and Green Mountains and Deerfield River. From the parking area off River Road, hike the Dunbar Brook Trail through shaded stands of old-growth old-growth Eastern Hemlock and associated northern hardwood trees. The pristine brook tumbles and drops 700 vertical feet in two miles, over huge moss-covered boulders forming entrancing waterfalls, rapids and pools.
The forest has reclaimed much of the farmland and pastures that previously existed here in the 1800's. Only cellar holes and stone walls remain; stark memorials to the rugged individuals who once wrested a living from this rocky soil.
The forest is open sunrise to sunset year-round. Access is free. No services are available.
All terrain vehicles and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Snowmobiling is available conditions permitting (4-inch minimum hard-packed snow base.
Discover a geologic wonder at this 48 acre park. Examine the only naturally formed white marble arch and man-made white marble dam in North America, and tour an abandonded marble quarry. The "natural bridge" for which the park is named, according to geologists, is 550 million years old bedrock mable, carved into an arch by the force of glacail melt water over 13,000 years ago; one of the best places in New England to demonstrate the effects of glaciation. The bridge spans rushing Hudson Brook as it twists and tumbles through a steep 60-foot deep gorge. This site was an active commercial quarry from 1810 to 1947, producing coarse grained white marble used in local buildings and cemeteries. From 1950 to 1983 it was a privately-owned and popular roadside tourist attraction off the Mohawk Trail. Natural Bridge became a state park in 1985, to preserve its unique geologic features. In the sumer months, knowledgeable park interpreters are on hand to explain the natural forces that created the bridge and its more recent human-related history.
There is a 0.25 mile walkway above and through the chasm, and a 0.5 mile wooded walking trail.
The park is open from Memorial Day - Columbus Day 9am - 5pm. Parking fee is $2.00.
Picnicking: tables and grills are available. Please carry-in, carry out all belongings and trash.
Savoy Mountain State Forest makes it easy to leave the everyday world behind. Scenic North and South Ponds, with wooded edges and hills rising in the distance, offer tranquil places to fish, picnic and swim. 45 campsites and 1 group sites are located in an old apple orchard. Four log cabins overlook South Pond, available for year round rental.
Over 50 miles of wooded trails invite year round recreational access to spectacular natural features. Hike the Bog Pond Trail, with its floating bog islands. Or climb up Spruce Hill on the Busby Trail for breathtaking views, especialty during fall foliage and hawk migration. Be sure to visit Tannery Falls (and nearby Parker Brook Falls), where Ross Brok flows through a deep cham, and then cascades over 50 feet to a clear pool below.
The park is open from 8am until dusk, year-round. Access is free, however a $5 fee is charged from mid May through Clumbus Day for parking only at North Pond day-use and for visitors to the campground.