Wilbur’s Clearing is named after Jeremiah Wilbur, the farmer that owned and farmed the 1,600 acres of land along the northern flank of the mountain. By the early 1800s, Mr. Wilbur had cleared most of the area for pasture and hay production. Forest succession has changed the landscape at Wilbur’s Clearing into a dense stand of red spruce. It is a favorite spot for summer birders, who come to hear and see the summer resident species like the olive-sided flycatcher, the winter wren and the blackburnian, magnolia, yellow-rumped, bay-breasted and Cape May warblers. The Appalachian Trail crosses the road nearby, providing access to a scenic vista at Mount Prospect or a three-mile hike to the Summit.
Please note: The Mount Greylock Scenic Byway is closed to vehicles from mid-October through June. Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are still permitted.
Mount Greylock State Reservation
30 Rockwell Road
Lanesborough, MA 01237