How about 6,400 areas of old growth forest, mountain ridges and gorges. It ranges from 600’ to 2,080’ elevation with abundant plant and animal life. Mohawk Trail State Forest is in northern Berkshires of western Massachusetts, between the cities of North Adams and Greenfield. The forest named after Mohawk Trail, which is now route 2.
The park is open all year from sunrise to sunset with a $5 entrance fee. Driving into the park entrance from route 2 are numerous outdoor activities. There is a picnic area, campground, group campground, cabins and two restroom areas. The campground has 56 wooded campsites and 6 log cabins. Recreation vehicles up to 30’ long are permitted in designated sites. Camping season is mid-April to mid to October but cabins are available all year. Each cabin has a capacity for 3-5 people but pets are prohibited.
There is a swimming area, day use picnic area with great trout fishing in its rivers and streams. Off road vehicles and alcoholic beverages are not welcome in the campground. Since it is Black Bear country bears should not be confronted, and food supplies should be carefully placed to not attract them. A segment of the Mahican-Mohawk Trail is within the state forest, with additional hiking trails in the forest.
The Mohawk Trail is a historic North American Indian footpath connecting the Hudson and Connecticut River valleys. Native American Indians initially used the trail until popularity of the automobile caused its demise. Now portions of this historic trail are available for hiking as the Mahican-Mohawk Trail.
After research by Williams College students and volunteers in 1992 a trail recovery program was started as the Mahican-Mohawk Trail. Thirty-four miles of the trail are currently open for hiking, several sections within western Massachusetts. One section follows the old New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad grade. In addition to the section in Mohawk Trail State Forest another large portion is open in South River State Forest, nineteen miles to its southeast. When completed it is estimated to extend from Deerfield River to the Hudson River.
North Adams is 13 miles east of Mohawk Trail State Forest on Route 2 with a population of 13,708 as the least populous city in the state. It was first settled in 1745 and named to honor American Revolution leader Samuel Adams. On the southern edge of the city is the highest peak in the state, Mt. Greylock at 3,491” elevation.
Twenty-four miles east of Mohawk Trail State Forest is the city of Greenfield with a population of 17,456. Pocumtuck Indians first settled the area by planting corn and fishing its streams. In 1664 they were wiped out by a Mohawk Indian attack that reoccupied the area. English colonized the area in 1686.
The Berkshires of western Massachusetts are known as a beautiful area to visit, especially during autumn. Trails in Mohawk Trail State Forest are a great way to enjoy the beauty and exercise at the same time.