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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.

Don't go when the bugs are bad! Got chased right out by biting flies! Regardless, I had a ton of fun running the whole thing. Planks, roots, marsh. Cool place.

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24 days ago

Great trail for family and dogs! Has a loop now that is 2.5 miles with a few stream crossings and a waterfall if the weather isn’t t too dry.

This is NOT an easy trail- whoever wrote that was delirious. We tried this trail for the first time, made it through the first swamp action, very tricky, lots of rotted planks, deep mud, and nothing to hang on to! Took the Knob loop, pretty steep and rugged and decided to head back without completing the entire loop. Another day perhaps with better footwear, water and time. The dog had fun though!

not well marked but very scenic. do not park at campground and hike in as it adds an extra 2-3 miles

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3 months ago

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3 months 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.

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4 months 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.

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4 months ago

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