At 16,500 acres, October Mountain is the largest state forest in Massachusetts. Here visitors can camp, hike and enjoy the outdoors while they visit nearby Tanglewood and other Berkshire Region points of interest. 47 campsites dot a sunny hillside and offer a great base to explore this vast forest. The name of "October Mountain" is attributed to writer Herman Melville, whose view from his home in Pittsfield of these hills in fall impressed him so. The state forest originated from the former estate of William C. Whitney, President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of the Navy. Trails are available for every level of experience, and include the famous Appalachian Trail. One of the most scenic trails lead through Schermerhorn Gorge, a striking natural feature which has intrigued generations of geologists. Countless varieties of wild plants and animals can be found throughout the varied terrain of this vast forest.

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4 days ago

Overgrown trails, with a good portion running through a swamp. Mossy overgrowth on rocks made for a tricky traverse through some very muddy sections. Came across some day old bear scat as I came upon the swampy marsh section.

14 days ago

clearly marked, seems popular. it has a small dirt parking lot and a visible sign by the side of the road.

Just off the AT, did not find it to be quite a loop, and loop requires walking on main road. Definitely off the beaten path. Short walk to small lake/pond w view, however no easy water entry point.

The trail is an easy walk. It goes around the lake but not many access points to the lake. The area that is easy to access is for the water supply and it's a no trespassing area.

Right near Lee and a great workout. Beautiful forest and trail.

We hiked from the parking lot on Rt. 20 to Finerty Pond. It was a beautiful day. The climb from 20 was a little steep and the air was muggy but from Beckett Mt to the Pond it was perfect. Nice breeze and no bugs to speak of. Perfect trip. Lunch at the lake and then back to parking by 11:00. We didn't go to the north side of the lake but instead continued on the AT around the south side. Really fun.