Mount Greylock

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At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is not only the tallest mountain in Massachusetts but also the tallest in all of southern New England. The 12,500-acre Mount Greylock Reservation is the oldest Massachusetts wilderness park. The park spans five towns with the summit in Adams. The reservation includes the state's only subalpine taiga-boreal forest. Old growth forest including remarkable stands of red spruce up to 120' can be seen.

From late May through November 1, you can drive to the summit on two recently restored roads (weather permitting). The views are spectacular from the summit and several other spots along the roads. Two interesting structures dating from the 1930s are found at the summit as well. The 93' Veterans War Memorial Tower was completed in 1932. The tower is currently closed during restoration. Bascom Lodge completed in 1938 is an Arts & Crafts style lodge built from stone and red spruce from Mount Greylock. Bascom Lodge is open seasonally for dining, lodging and events.

Greylock ThoreauThere are more than 50 miles of trails on Mount Greylock including the Appalachian Trail. Hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling (on designated trails) are permitted. Nature lovers will enjoy the rare plants, bird watching, waterfalls and wildlife. Park staff offers a full calendar or interpretive programs, guided hikes and other events.

The Thunderbolt Ski Trail is the last remaining backcountry Class A slope. It runs down the precipitous east face of the mountain. Originally built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corp, the trail was renowned for it's challenges. Through the 1930s and 40s, world-class skiers would compete in the annual Thunderbolt Ski Run. For more information about the restored Thunderbolt Ski Run, the current annual race and the accompanying Thunderfest, click here.

Greylock Glen

Greylock Glen is a 1,060 acre parcel in Adams, Massachusetts at the base of Mount Greylock. The Town of Adams has been designated by the state as the provisional developer of the parcel. Working with the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts as project "collaborators," the town has plans to develop the site. Plans include camping, environmental studies, Nordic skiing and backcountry recreation center including a network of trails, as well as performing and visual arts components. Click for more details about the plans for environmetally sustainable development at Greylock Glen.

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Mount Greylock Links:

Mount Greylock Reservation Official Site
Summer Use Trail Map
Winter Use Trail Map
Birds of Greylock
Wildflowers of Greylock
Thunderbolt Ski Runners
Bascom Lodge
iBerkshires' Greylock Glen Article


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