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Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation, South Deerfield

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
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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  • 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 ...  read more »
  • Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation is easy to get to. The entrance is just off MA State Route 116. There is a very small lot with free parking for hikers near the entrance to the auto road . For those ...  read more »
  • I have visited this area several times and each time I enjoy the hike and views from the top. Simply breath taking. I mean it was featured in a Mel Gibson movie so of course it has to be great! 
  • 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.
  • Great place with trails leading to the top that are pretty difficult as well as the option to drive to the top. At the top a beautiful view awaits you in each direction showing many of the town's and mountains of the valley.
  • This mountain is accessible via trails of varying difficulties, or a road straight to the summit. The view from Mt. Sugarloaf is what does it, though. It's simply incredible: UMass Amherst campus, the Holyoke Range, the Connecticut River, and more.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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