Mount Holyoke Range State Park

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Mount Holyoke Range State Park
Massachusetts State Park
Bare Mountain - Mount Holyoke Range.jpg
Mount Norwottuck viewed from Bare Mountain
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Hampshire
Towns Amherst, Granby
Elevation 965 ft (294 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°18′21″N 72°32′43″W / 42.30583°N 72.54528°W / 42.30583; -72.54528Coordinates: 42°18′21″N 72°32′43″W / 42.30583°N 72.54528°W / 42.30583; -72.54528 [1]
Highest point Mount Norwottuck
 - elevation 997 ft (304 m)
 - coordinates 42°18′22″N 72°30′36″W / 42.30611°N 72.51000°W / 42.30611; -72.51000 [2]
Area 3,729 acres (1,509 ha) [3]
Established Indeterminate[4]
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
 - Visitor Center The Notch [5]
 - elevation 522 ft (159 m)
 - coordinates 42°18′07″N 72°31′38″W / 42.30194°N 72.52722°W / 42.30194; -72.52722
Visitation 36,420 (2012) [4]
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Mount Holyoke Range State Park

Mount Holyoke Range State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area encompassing the eastern half of the Holyoke Range in the Pioneer Valley region of Massachusetts. The state park is adjacent to J. A. Skinner State Park, which occupies the western half of the Holyoke Range. Both are managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.[6]

History[edit]

"No single event, such as a land acquisition, dedication ceremony, or Act of the Legislature signaled [Mount Holyoke Range State Park's] establishment. Rather, creation of the park built upon a long-standing desire by the public and the Commonwealth to protect the range. The DCR’s predecessor agencies had been acquiring land in the region since the acquisition of Skinner state park in 1940.... However, the focused acquisition of land in fee or easements that began in 1975 marked a turning point for land protection on the range."[4]

Resource Management Plan: Mount Holyoke Range Planning Unit, Department of Conservation and Recreation, July 2013, p. 16

Activities and amenities[edit]

Park trails are used for hiking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Trails include sections of the long-distance Metacomet-Monadnock and Robert Frost trails. A visitors center is located near "The Notch" on Route 116 in Amherst. Picnicking and restricted hunting are also offered.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mount Holyoke Range". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Mount Norwottock". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Resource Management Plan: Mount Holyoke Range Planning Unit" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. July 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Notch". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  6. ^ a b "Mount Holyoke Range State Park". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 

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