Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation

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Coordinates: 42°28′12.9″N 72°35′31.4″W / 42.470250°N 72.592056°W / 42.470250; -72.592056
Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation
Massachusetts State Park
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South Sugarloaf observation tower
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Franklin
Town Deerfield
Elevation 361 ft (110 m) [1]
Prominence 791 ft (241 m) [2]
Coordinates 42°28′12.9″N 72°35′31.4″W / 42.470250°N 72.592056°W / 42.470250; -72.592056
Area 533 acres (216 ha) [3]
Established Unspecified
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation

Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation, managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, is located in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, just west of the Connecticut River. The 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.

The state maintains an automobile road (nominal fee for cars) and an observation tower on South Sugarloaf,[4] open from late spring through the fall foliage season.[5] The reservation is open for hiking, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and hunting (in season). A number of hiking trails cross the reservation, including the 20-mile Pocumtuck Ridge Trail. Canoe and kayak camping is allowed on the islands.

The reservation is easily accessible via Route 116 and is only a 15 minute drive from the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. Parking is available at the base of the mountain and at the summit of the auto road.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "North Sugarloaf Mountain". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing". Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "South Sugarloaf Mountain". FranklinSites Hiking Guide. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Christopher J. Ryan. “Mount Toby Trail Map”. Fourth edition. Newall Printing, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1999.

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