Mount Greylock

Mount Greylock

Mount Greylock, 3491 feet, is the highest point in the state of Massachusetts. If you stand at the peak on a clear day, you can see up to 90 miles away. Mount Greylock reservation is a12,000-acre public recreation and nature preservation area around this mountain. Affordable accommodation is available in the towns of Adams, North Adams, Williamstown, Cheshire and New Ashford. Privately owned Bascom Lodge at the summit provides overnight accommodation and meals from late May to late October every year but not in winter.

Enjoy activities at Mount Greylock

The park offers a lot in terms of beauty and there are plenty of activities that you can enjoy there.

Hiking and mountain biking

Mount Greylock has 70 miles of trails for hiking or mountain biking which vary in difficulty from easy to extremely difficult. There are 17 trails that range between 1.4 miles and 14.2 miles that are known to be hard. A good starting point is to examine the trail map to decide on the right trail for you. Try not to miss a section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail for great photography.

You can get to the summit by taking one of several trails in the area, including Bernard Farm, Bellows Pipe, Hopper, Stony Ledge, and CCC Dynamite.

Winter activities

The 70 miles of trails on the reservation are also available for snowshoeing, back-country skiing and snowmobiling. The trails include the historic Thunderbolt Ski Trail.

Hunting

There is deer in the bush and hunting is allowed during the hunting season. If you are interested in hunting then you have to get information about the hunting seasons and the rules and regulations. Also remember you have to pay a license fee.

Golf

Amateur golfers and golfing enthusiasts should never miss a chance to play a few rounds of golf at Skyline Country Club.

Camping

The main camping season at Sperry Road Campground is between Mid-May and Columbus Day weekend. Reservation is necessary. There is no vehicle access so hiking is necessary.

There are 18 tent sites that take a maximum of 4 people each, 9 group sites that take a maximum of 12 persons each. Lean-to shelters are available at Stony Ledge, Upper and Chimney. Each site has a picnic table, a fire ring, a bear-proof food storage locker, and solar powered compositing toilets. Firewood can be bought from camp staff and portable water is available during the main camping season.

Backpacking

How about hiking your way to your shelter? Mount Greylock offers a unique backpacking experience at remote trailside backpacker shelters or Mount Greylock Campground which are accessible by foot.

Off-season camping

Off-season camping is available from Columbus Day to March 31st every year on a first come first serve basis. No reservations necessary but you have to register your itinerary with park staff. Just know that there is no firewood and water available, meaning that you have to bring your own or fetch it. Water from the Roaring Brook has to be filtered or treated before drinking. Obviously, you have to be a seasoned camper to do off-season camping.

War Memorial

While at the summit, take time to look at the 93-foot Veterans War Memorial Tower. The tower was built between 1931 and 1932 and dedicated on June 30, 1933.