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The mountain access road is closed to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians during the Wachusett Mountain Parkway Road System Rehabilitation. The project began in spring of 2010 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2011. The project will repair the deteriorated roadway infrastructure and bring the roadway into compliance with current safety and functional standards. If you have any questions please feel free to call the park headquarters. Rising above the surrounding forest to a height of 2006 feet, Mount Wachusett stands as a unique landmark within the central New England landscape. From the summit, a clear day reveals views of Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire, the Berkshires to the west, and the Boston skyline to the east. The 3,000-acre Wachusett Mountain State Reservation surrounds the summit and offers a wealth of natural and recreational resources. The Reservation's natural resources include forests, alpine meadows, ponds, streams, fields, and even a perched bog. Recreational opportunities abound at the reservation including hiking, nature study, hawk watching, picnicking, and skiing. The Reservation offers 17 miles of hiking and walking trails, including 3.9 miles of the Midstate Trail, which runs from Ashburnham to the Rhode Island border. Mountain Road stretches to the John Hitchcock Visitor's Center at the summit, a short distance from the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, which is the largest in eastern Massachusetts. Wachusett Mountain is part of an extensive greenway area, including Leominster State Forest, Massachusetts Audubon's Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary and Minns Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also the location of the largest known area of Old Growth Forest east of the Connecticut River in Massachusetts, with trees dating over 350 years old. Evidence of the glacial activity which shaped the mountain can be seen at Balance Rock; two large boulders were stacked one on top of the other by moving glaciers thousands of years ago.

14 days ago

Great winter hike that stays level for a while and then climbs pretty steady. Trail is well marked and rocky second half.

Been coming here since I was just a wee baby, being carried up by my Dad.

Really nice hike. My wife and I did this on February 20th. It was a warm day for February and a lot of people were out. Parking is easy to find next to Gregory Rd. and trail head is across the street.

Nice winter hike to the summit! Shorter route is mountain house trail at end of Gregory road! Straight 1 mile up to top.

Went on a snowy day in January and the hike was outstanding! Trail is well marked and can be very icy! Great trail for all levels.

2 months ago

Great view from top!

Hiking anytime awesome
Hiking anytime with brothers and daughter priceless