October Mountain State Forest

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October Mountain State Forest
Massachusetts State Park
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Location October Mountain State Forest
Location October Mountain State Forest
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Berkshire
Town Lee
 - coordinates 42°20′39.88″N 73°10′34.55″W / 42.3444111°N 73.1762639°W / 42.3444111; -73.1762639Coordinates: 42°20′39.88″N 73°10′34.55″W / 42.3444111°N 73.1762639°W / 42.3444111; -73.1762639
Area 16,500 acres (6,677 ha)
Managed by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Website : October Mountain State Forest

October Mountain State Forest is a state forest in the town of Lee, Massachusetts, U.S.A. The 16,500-acre (6,700 ha) forest, the largest state forest in Massachusetts, is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.


Herman Melville is reputed as having anointed the area as "October Mountain."[1] His home in Pittsfield overlooks some of the hills. The forest came to state ownership via the estate of William C. Whitney, President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of the Navy. The purchase of the initial 11,000 acres (4,500 ha) was made in 1915 for a total of $60,000, part of which came through the pledge of a group of Berkshire residents. The area was opened to the public that year.[2]

Activities and amenities[edit]

  • Trails: Forest trails are available for hiking, walking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing and for use by off-road vehicles. Trails include the 2.7-mile (4.3 km) Washington Mountain Marsh Interpretive Trail, a portion of the Appalachian Trail, and a trail leading through scenic Schermerhorn Gorge.
  • Camping: There are 43 sites including sites for tents and RVs as well as yurts.[3] Some sites are wheelchair-accessible.
  • The forest also offers non-motorized boating, fishing, and restricted hunting.


  1. ^ "October Mount State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "October Mountain State Forest". Sports and Recreation in the Berkshires. The BerkshireWeb. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  3. ^ "October Mountain State Forest". Reserve America. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 

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