Central Shaft Rd.,
Savoy (Rte. 116)
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
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
Savoy Mountain State Forest is located in the northern part of western
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.
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