Massachusetts’ Mount Greylock Reservation

Accessible from Rte. 2 near North Adams or from Rte. 7 near Lanesborough, Massachusetts As you drive the steep, winding

Mount Greylock State Reservation, Massachusetts
Hikers who climb this trail to the top of Mount Greylock, in the Berkshire Mountains, are rewarded with 360-degree views.

Accessible from Rte. 2 near North Adams or from Rte. 7 near Lanesborough, Massachusetts

As you drive the steep, winding road up the mountain, the lush hardwood forests at the lower levels give way to the low-growing, wind-sculpted evergreens at the summit, the only subalpine habitat in Massachusetts.

Greylock, at 3,491 feet, is the highest peak in Massachusetts. On the summit is the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower, a stone tower erected here in 1933. Weather permitting, the top of the tower offers an incomparable panorama of the lovely green-clad mountains and valleys of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and New York. At the peak of Greylock is Bascom Lodge, which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s and offers food and accommodations.

Among the hiking paths in the reservation is an 111/2-mile section of the Appalachian Trail, on which you might meet some of the hardy backpackers going the full distance between Mount Katahdin in Maine and Georgia’s Springer Mountain.

The weather at the summit may be quite different from that at the lower levels. Even in summer it is a good idea to take a sweater or windbreaker. The roads to the summit are open from mid-May to mid-Oct.

Reservation open year-round.

www.mass.gov/dcr

(413) 499-4262

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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