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Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation, South Deerfield
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Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation is a state-owned, public recreation area managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation located in South Deerfield, just west of the Connecticut River. The state park includes the summits of North Sugarloaf Mountain and South Sugarloaf Mountain, as well as 1.75 miles of frontage on the Connecticut River and two river islands. The park is part of a larger park designation called the Connecticut River Greenway State Park. Portions of the park property along the river are used by the University of Massachusetts Amherst for agricultural research.Activities and amenitiesThe state maintains an automobile road and an observation tower on South Sugarloaf, open from late spring through the fall foliage season. The reservation is accessible via Route 116. Parking for a fee is available at the base of the mountain and at the summit of the auto road. The reservation is open for hiking, picnicking, and scenic viewing. Hiking trails include a section of the 20-mile Pocumtuck Ridge Trail. Canoe and kayak camping is allowed on the islands.Further readingChristopher J. Ryan. “Mount Toby Trail Map”. Fourth edition. Newall Printing, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1999.
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  • When I was a student at UMass, I'd get up to the summit of Mount Sugarloaf every chance I got. Even now, some 30+ years, the view of the Pioneer Valley doesn't disappoint, particularly on a sunny, aut...  more »
  • The trek up Mount Sugarloaf is nice and easy. It takes no more than an hour to go both ways. The view from the summit is lovely and in fall the colours are wonderful. Public transport is a bit tricky ...  more »
  • You can hike it, or drive it, but whatever way you get to the top, it is well worth it. The views up and down the Pioneer Valley are spectacular, from the mountain range in the distance, to the river ...  more »
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  • Great view, and probably a fun hike, but I wouldn't know because I drove my car up to the top. A warning to drivers: This is a terrifyingly steep climb on roads that look as though they might collapse due to erosion at any moment. Do not attempt this at all if your car has any braking problems. Also you'll want to be in low gear all the way down, so that your car can do some engine braking. Very pretty at the top, but next time I think I'll walk.
  • The trail is very steep. Be prepared. Not for young children. Beautiful view and well worth the hike!
  • A surreal view accessible to all inclinations of skill and accessibility. The summit is serene, a real place of good energy, of community. I couldn't recommend this highly enough.
  • Not a bad hike. Rigorous but quick. The views from the top are excellent. A must do if you are in the area. Takes under an hour to hike from parking to observation tower.
  • Beautiful scenic view..wonderful way to exercise and relax...