Last Visited: 2010
Things to do here: Mt. Tom is a lovely reservation just north of Springfield, MA on Interstate 91. It’s a great place for a hike and has lots of great ledges throughout to enjoy the views. It is also the site of the abandoned Mt. Tom Ski Area where you can see the base lodge, lift towers in spots and other relics of this former resort that closed in the late 1990’s. There is also a quarry on site that makes for an interesting view. Some of the activities available include the following:
- Hiking: Mt. Tom State Reservation is criss-crossed with hiking trails including a large section of the Metacomet-Monadnock trail that goes all the way up to Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire.
- Dog Friendly: Leashed dogs are welcomed at Mt. Tom State Reservation.
- Bird Watching (notably hawks in season): Mt. Tom is one of the best birding sites in New England. With Mt. Tom being a long ridgeline to the west of the Connecticut River; there are lots of updrafts for birds to float on and numerous open spaces to sit down with a pair of binoculars to enjoy the view.
- Panoramic Views and Vistas (including some handicap accessible spots): Mt. Tom, and the trail the runs along it’s ridgeline, has amazing views of the Connecticut River and large parts of Western Massachusetts.
- Cross Country Skiing: With enough snow many of the trails in this State Reservation are ideal for cross country skiing.
- Picnicking: Many spots in Mt. Tom State Reservation are ideal for spreading out and enjoying a picnic, including a couple areas with picnic tables.
- Fishing: Fishing is allowed at Lake Bray on Mt. Tom State Reservation.
- Canoeing/Kayaking: Small non-motorized boats are allowed on Lake Bray.
Favorite Activities: Taking a hike along the ridgeline of Mt. Tom in the fall and stopping to watch the hawks ride the updrafts and waiting for the right opportunity to dive down for their next meal. Combined with the lovely panoramic view of the Connecticut River Valley it makes a great way to spend an afternoon without too difficult a hike.
How to get here: This park is located right off Interstate 91 in Western Massachusetts. Take exit 17A for Easthampton Road and go towards Holyoke. Take a left on Route 5 (Northampton Road) to go north for about 5 miles. Take a left on Reservation Road and the park will be on your left in a little under a mile. If you’re using a GPS device the following address hould get you to the reservation:
124 Reservation Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Facilities, Fees and other information: Mt. Tom State Reservation has restrooms available on either side of Reservation Road & Smith’s Ferry Road as it goes through the park. The visitor center is also located off Smith’s Ferry Road. There is no fee for parking. For more information about the park you can also go the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s website for Mt. Tom. A PDF copy of the park map is also available at the state website or by clicking on the following link.