Mount Everett State Reservation

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Mount Everett State Reservation
Massachusetts State Park
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Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Berkshire
Town Mount Washington
Elevation 2,602 ft (793 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°06′06″N 73°25′58″W / 42.10167°N 73.43278°W / 42.10167; -73.43278Coordinates: 42°06′06″N 73°25′58″W / 42.10167°N 73.43278°W / 42.10167; -73.43278 [1]
Area 2,492 acres (1,008 ha) [2]
Established Unspecified
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Mount Everett State Reservation

Mount Everett State Reservation is a state-owned, public recreation area in the town of Mount Washington, Massachusetts, managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The reservation offers panoramic views of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York from the summit of 2,624-foot (800 m) Mount Everett.[3] The reservation abuts Bash Bish Falls State Park and the Jug End State Reservation and Wildlife Management Area.

Old growth[edit]

The reservation has about 530 acres (210 ha) of old-growth forest, most of which is found on the east side of Mount Everett. The forest contains eastern hemlock, eastern white pine, and hardwoods such as sugar and red maple, white and northern red oak, American beech, and sweet and yellow birch. Old-growth forest with a similar composition occurs around Guilder Pond. Mount Everett's summit supports a dwarf forest of pitch pine and bear oak that, aside from clearing for a fire tower and trails, has not been disturbed for centuries.[4] See the list of old-growth forests in Massachusetts for details.

Activities and amenities[edit]

In addition to trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, a portion of the Appalachian Trail crosses the summit of Mount Everett. Picnicking and canoeing are found at Guilder Pond.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mount Everett". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mount Everett State Reservation". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Davis, Mary Byrd (January 23, 2008). "Massachusetts" (PDF). Old Growth in the East: A Survey (Online Edition). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 19, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 

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