Mount Greylock

Mount Greylock is the highest natural point in Massachusetts at 3491 feet.  It has the distinct honor of becoming Massachusetts First Wilderness State Park, it was acquired by the Commonwealth in 1898,  The park boasts 12,500 acres and over 70 miles of woodland trails, including 11.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

 

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The Visitor Center is welcoming, the staff is friendly and offers helpful information on the park and hiking trails.

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Fantastic 3D topographical model of the area, highlighting trails and mountain peaks.

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Gorgeous view from the Visitor Center.

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Numerous opportunities for scenic vistas and short hikes. The trail heads are well marked and there is trail mileage as well as difficulty ratings online at Trail Mileage

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View from the Adams Overlook

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Roads to the summit are open seasonally from late May through November 1st (weather permitting)

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Slug found on a mushroom at one of the scenic vistas.

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The 92 foot granite Memorial Tower is undergoing renovations through 2017

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Majestic views of four states and five mountain ranges.

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Gorgeous field of wild flowers at the summit

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Artistic image by Scott Peloquin

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The rustic mountain lodge was constructed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. of local stone and old growth red spruce timbers.

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Bascom Lodge offers overnight accommodations and meals from Late May through Mid/Late October, special events throughout the season, as well as weddings and special events. Click the link for more information on Bascom Lodge

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View of the 3D topographical model by the Memorial Tower

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Sunlit moss on the ledge by the parking lot.

We enjoyed the easy, winding drive on the well maintained roads. The views are breathtaking, and worth spending a bit of time enjoying.

I’m sad to say, other than the slug and mountain flowers and the magical views, we did not see any signs of Ilvermorny during our visit.

Both Scott and I highly recommend a visit to Mount Greylock.

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Martha loves road trips, photographing and exploring the greater New England area, with an eye for Macros.

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