Mohawk Trail State Forest, Charlemont

4.5
Mohawk Trail State Forest is a publicly owned forest with recreational features located in the towns of Charlemont, Hawley, and Savoy, Massachusetts. The state forest covers more than of mountain ridges, gorges, and old-growth forests at elevations ranging from around 600 to 2,080 feet. It is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The forest is named for the old Mohawk Trail (now Massachusetts Route 2), a Native American footpath that connected the Hudson and Connecticut River valleys. The forest was created in 1921 when the state purchased acreage for the express purpose of preserving the area's scenic beauty and historic associations. Two Civilian Conservation Corps camps were established here in the 1930s. Their contributions included the construction of an administration building and four rental cabins and the expansion of a campground built in the 1920s by the state.
The forest is crossed by two main rivers, the Deerfield River and the Cold River. Several small streams support various species of trout. Other wildlife that may be seen include deer, bobcats, and black bears.
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  • The fall foliage is absolutely breathtaking. The trail is long but well worth it. Definitely a fall destination  more »
  • We love camping here in the summer. I would recommend this campsite for friends, couples, and families. Great little river with rocks to climb on. Nice hiking trails. Best part, they keep it nice...  more »
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  • Great park with several different trails to hike through. The staff was very helpful in making sure we knew where we were going before starting our trek. While hiking late on a Sunday afternoon, it was pretty quiet, and we only ran in to people one time towards the end of our hike. There were nice views of the river, too. Just make sure to dress appropriately and to check for ticks after leaving, but this goes for lots of woodland areas, especially in the Northeast.
  • This is a great place for a day hike with family and friends during those warm summer days, as well as when the fall foliage is a popping. Just stay alert and watch for wildlife and bring plenty of water and insect repellent. I advise not to hike alone or without some sort of GPS, you could easily get turned around in there

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