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Massachusetts: Savoy Mountain State Forest
Posted on Thursday, August 25 @ 22:25:55 CDT by iljiana

Horse Rentals & Day Ride Trails Central Shaft Rd.,
Savoy (Rte. 116)
413 663-8469

Savoy Mountain State Forest makes it easy to leave the everyday world behind. Scenic North and South ponds, with wooded edges and hills rising in the distance, offer tranquil places to fish, picnic and swim. 45 campsites are located in an old apple orchard. Four log cabins overlook South Pond, and are available for rental year-round.

Miles of wooded trails invite recreational use of the forest in all seasons. Spectacular natural features include Bog Pond, with its floating bog islands, and Tannery Falls, which cascades through a deep chasm, finally plunging over a precipice to a clear pool below.

Notice: (4/28/05) Savoy Mountain State Forest Will Not Be Reopened to Off-road Vehicles

Park History
Savoy Mountain State Forest is located atop the Hoosac Mountain Range in northwestern Massachusetts. The Hoosac Range is an extension of the Green Mountains of Vermont, and is the first mountain barrier encountered west of the Connecticut River Valley. "Hoosac" is an Algonquin word meaning, "place of stones". The mid-1800's brought construction of the Hoosac Tunnel for railroad transportation and a population boom for the towns of Florida and Savoy. When the tunnel was completed, the railway workers left, and many of the town's young people left the area to work in the woolen mills in the larger towns of Adams and North Adams, or to join the land rush to the west. During the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) reforested abandoned farmland with Norway and Blue Spruce, and built new concrete dams at Bog, Burnett and Tannery Pond to replace older dams. Apple trees interspersed throughout the campground are the only reminder today of its farming history. The remainder of the park includes the North Pond recreational day use area, South Pond area for campers, Bog Pond, Burnett Pond, and over 60 miles of multi-use trails.

Things to know before you go…
The campground office hours are 9am–9pm. The regular camping season is from mid-May to mid-October. Don't forget you are in bear country. Never physically confront, feed, torment or throw anything at bears. Take appropriate precautions with food so as not to attract bears.

Park Directions
Savoy Mountain State Forest is located in the northern part of western Massachusetts.
From the East: Follow Rte. 2 west to the town of Florida. Turn left onto Central Shaft Rd. Follow the signs to the park entrance on the right.

From the West: Follow Rte. 2 east to the town of Florida. Turn right onto Central Shaft Rd. Follow the signs to the park entrance on the right.

From Exit 2 off Mass Pike: Rte. 20 west to Rte. 7 north to Rte. 2 east.

From Rte. 91 North: Take Rte9 west to Rte. 8a north onto 116 east, take a left onto Center Road.

Accessible Camping
Accessible Picnicking
Accessible Restrooms
Accessible Hiking Trails
Nonmotorized boating
Boat Ramp
Historic Site
Horseback Riding Trails
Hunting (Restrictions)
Interpretive Program
Mountain Biking
Scenic Viewing Area
Skiing (Cross-Country)
Walking Trails

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