October Mountain State Forest is Massachusetts largest state forest. Its 16,500 acres encompass a portion of the Hoosac Range on the western edge of the central Berkshires. The forest includes an uplands area with several reservoirs.
The “October Mountain” name comes from the forest’s highest point; a ridge rising majestically up out of the Housatonic River Valley. Herman Melville treasured the view of the ridge from his home in Pittsfield, particularly in autumn. The name “October Mountain” is attributed to him.
Best of all, October Mountain is right here in Lee. Just a ten-minute drive from your room at our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Applegate Inn.
Hiking Biking, Boating, and More
The forest’s 16,500 acres of beautiful Berkshires wilderness are crisscrossed by more than 20 different trails, including a portion of the Appalachian Trail.
The majority of the forest’s trails are of intermediate level, suitable for most hikers, but a few are more difficult. Unfortunately, one of the best trails is also one of the more difficult ones: The Gorge Trail.
The Gorge Trail is steep but takes you to Schermerhorn Gorge. Schermerhorn Gorge is an intriguing natural feature: a boulder strewn forest with a babbling brook that tumbles over numerous cascades.
Camping, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking are all popular activities. Come winter, October Mountain is also a popular cross-country skiing and snowshoeing destination.
October Mountain State Forest
317 Woodland Road, Lee, MA 01238
Open daily, from sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. Facilities include a boat ramp, campfire grills, picnic areas, restrooms, and showers.
Visit www.mass.gov to learn more.