Mount Greylock State Reservation, Lanesboro

#1 of 50 in Parks in Berkshires
Mount Greylock State Reservation is public recreation and nature preservation area on and around Mount Greylock, the highest point in the state of Massachusetts. The park covers some in the towns of Lanesborough, North Adams, Adams, Cheshire, Williamstown and New Ashford, Massachusetts. It was created in 1898 as Massachusetts' first public land for the purpose of forest preservation.
Mount Greylock State Reservation was created in 1898 when the state legislature passed Chapter 543 of the Acts of 1898, which appropriated $25,000 for land purchases and created the Greylock Reservation Commission as overseer.
The 93ft Veterans War Memorial Tower that crowns the summit of the mountain was built 1931-32 and dedicated on June 30, 1933.
Workers with the Civilian Conservation Corps were active in the reservation during the 1930s. Their efforts, undertaken from 1933 to 1939, included construction of the Bascom Lodge, the Thunderbolt Ski Trail, Thunderbolt Shelter, and improved road access to the summit.
A two-year Historic Parkway Rehabilitation Project undertaken during 2008 and 2009 restored the reservation's road system, offering numerous scenic viewing opportunities along the state-designated Scenic Byway.
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  • This is the highest point in Massachusetts in the beautiful Berkshires. Scenic winding drive up the mountain to the top where you can park and see the sights. Parking costs $5 for Massachusetts plates...  more »
  • Great scenic views. Interesting history. Wonderful stone and beam lodge. Provides snacks, meals and limited lodging. Note $5 parking fee for Massachusetts vehicles, $10 for others.  more »
  • Beautiful views scattered throughout the mountain. Also a couple small waterfalls and streams. Hikes of all difficulties and well marked trails.Awesome history surrounds this majestic mountain. When the visitor center is open your able to go in and they have some really neat stuff in there, also a short film. Campsites are nice and very well maintained, it a bit of a walk in from the road but well worth it.(Wood deliverys right to your camp site!) Well worth just a drive up up for the view or hiking year around.
  • Great view from the top. Great trails to hike.

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