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MA State Parks and Summertime!

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Summer! It’s a great time for enjoying the great outdoors. We have so many state parks right here in Franklin and Hampshire Counties in Massachusetts. If you haven’t already, considering visiting the following state parks.


Daughters of the American Revolution State Forest – 78 Cape Street, Goshen.

Campsites, forest trails – 15 miles of trails for all experience levels, a lake for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding.

Facilities include: boatramp, grills, picnic areas, restrooms.

Hours are sunrise to sunset

Parking Fees – MA Residents - $8, Non-MA Residents - $15


Savoy Mountain State Forest – 260 Central Shaft Road, Florida, MA.

50 miles of trails, camping, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, swimming.

Facilities include: boat ramp, cabins, grills, picnic areas, restrooms, showers, visitors center

Hours are sunrise to sunset

Parking Fees – MA Residents - $8, Non-MA Residents - $15


Mohawk Trail State Forest, Cold River Road, Charlemont.

One of the most scenic woodland areas in Massachusetts. 6,000 acres of mountain ridges, gorges, and woods.

Hours are sunrise to sunset.

Campground Office hours are Sunday-Saturday 8am-10pm

Parking Fees – MA Residents - $8, Non-MA Residents - $15

Camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking

Facilities include: grills, picnic areas, restroooms


Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls

Exhibits on the history of the Connecticut River Watershed and Turners Falls. Art Gallery. Four acres of open lawns with picnic tables and flower gardens.

Admission is Free and open year-round.

Summer hours are Sunday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

Parking is free.


Mount Holyoke Range State Park - 1500 West Street, Amherst

3,000-acre park featuring a 7 mile mountain ridge line. Streams, wetlands, woods. 30 miles of trails.

The Notch Visitor Center is open Sunday-Saturday 9:30am-4pm during the season.

Parking is free.

Activities include: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting.

Facilities include restrooms, scenic views, visitor center


Norwottuck Rail Trail – 446 Damon Road, Northampton

Ride the 11-mile paved trail along the former Boston & Maine Railroad.

Free parking.

Hours are Sunrise to sunset.

Facilities include a paved bike path, picnic area, restrooms.


Melissa Ciolek, REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS enjoys Skinner State Park and here's why, "Skinner State Park in Hadley is great—plenty of hiking trails or if you’re not in the mood to hike you can drive up and enjoy the views. Plenty of picnic tables and places to sit and look out at the Valley," said Melissa.


Skinner State Park – 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley, MA

Hiking trails and breathtaking views of the Connecticut River Valley. Reach the summit of Mt. Holyoke by road or hiking trail.

Summit House is open weekends and holidays at 10am through the season.

Parking Fees – MA Residents - $8, Non-MA Residents - $15

Activities include: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, hang gliding

Facilities include: grilling, picnic areas, restrooms, scenic viewing area, visitor center



Pamela Sclafani is the Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont. She lives in the Pioneer Valley and enjoys everything it has to offer, gorgeous scenery, hills and mountains for hiking, lakes for paddle boarding, the change of seasons, and the close proximity to Boston and New York.

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