Mount Tom State Reservation, Holyoke

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Mount Tom State Reservation encompasses the Mount Tom Range and is located in the Connecticut River Valley region of Massachusetts, just north of the city of Springfield. The reservation is noted for its biologic diversity, high cliffs, and rugged scenery.Activities and amenitiesRecreational activities include hiking, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. The 110mi Metacomet-Monadnock Trail passes through the reservation as do several low-profile seasonal auto roads. The reservation is also a popular place to observe seasonal raptor migrations.
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  • What a great park with many walking trails! We enjoyed a not-too-long walk to the lookout tower that offered a great panoramic view of the rolling surrounding hills! Free parking during the off season...  more »
  • I was first struck but the excellent road conditions throughout the reservation. Wish all Mass roads were so fine. Outstanding views of the Pioneer Valley abound in this destination. Drove in from the...  more »
  • It's December and cold in New England! So I drove. Don't be ashamed to drive to the top! The fire tower is the best part. You can see and SING for miles...  more »
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  • A phenomenal assortment of easy and strenuous trails for all ages in this park. Staff does a great job marking trails and maintaining the area for guest. There are a number of great picnic areas for public use as well as benches for lounging. If you're looking for a stellar way to spend a day, look no further that this park. Entry is $5 for MA residents (I came early season, so free) and a little more for out of state. Maps are available for free and trails are very clear even without one. Check out the abandoned ski area while you're there too!
  • This is a great place for a day trip. Great picnic area, nice walking trails, a slightly swampy pond which affords viewing of many and various birds, insects, rodents and even the occasional mammal. Jump in the car and drive the Reservation Road and you will see some of the most amazing vistas the Pioneer Valley has to offer. Drive to the end of Reservation Road and you will see the restaurant with patio dining that allows you to enjoy this awesome view of the valley while enjoying a good meal. Should you be on a very tight budget, take a right at the end Reservation Road and you will soon arrive at the Easthampton Diner, offering a huge selection of very good food at very reasonable prices and excellent service.
  • To enter you could park your car outside and walk in or pay $5 to park in ($5 for MA licenced cars). No mountain bikes or skateboards allowed here, there is a public restroom, several benches to sit down, several public grills, and a small playground for kids. Be sure to bring long cloths or better yet mosquito spray. I had entered for only a few minutes and already I was bit at least 3 times.
  • Make your own trails. Hop some fences and explore the old park area. Amazing views
  • Not always so clear which roads are open at what times. Otherwise, trails are nice and clear, the views are nice, and the walking isn't terribly strenuous. The ruins at the top offer a bit of shade and good views with a fun backstory. Bring your own water and waste bags as there's no water taps or waste bins along the trail. Small playground area near the information building. I only docked a * because one or more of the access roads close by 6pm or close before entering the park. Go early to park as close as you can to the Eyrie House ruins, they are a bit of a hike. Great variety of birds. Lots of rhododendrons, so it must be spectacular when they're in bloom or when the trees turn in autum.
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