Herman Melville is said to have coined the name “October Mountain” for the brilliant colors he could see from his home in Pittsfield. This is the largest state forest in Massachusetts at 16,500 acres. It is traversed by the Appalachian Trail, and among its many other trails is one that leads through Schermerhorn Gorge, a striking natural feature that has intrigued generations of geologists.

Buckley Dutton Pond is an inland lake in the park. Countless varieties of wild plants and animals can be found throughout the varied terrain of this vast forest and trails are available for every level of experience, including accessible campsites and restrooms and a wheelchair accessible trail and day area. This state forest is one of only six in the Commonwealth in which off-road vehicles are allowed.

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Lee, MA 01238

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