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Description - It became Massachusetts' first wilderness state park, acquired by the Commonwealth in 1898, to preserve its natural environment for public enjoyment. Wild and rugged yet intimate and accessible, Mount Greylock rewards the visitor exploring this special place of scenic and natural beauty.

Attractions - The roads to the summit are open seasonally from late-May through November 1; weather permitting into fall, please call ahead for current road conditions. Following the two-year Historic Parkway Rehabilitation Project the newly restored road system offers numerous opportunities for scenic viewing along this state-designated Scenic Byway. Bascom Lodge and the Veterans War Memorial Tower are open seasonally. The Mount Greylock Campground (primitive overnight area) is accessible by hiking only. The Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower was built in 1932 and crowns the highest point in the state. The memorial was dedicated in June 1933 as a tribute to courage, endurance, loyalty and self-sacrifice, wherever these qualities have been shown, by the state’s men and women in the uniform of the state or nation.

Recreation - Summer recreational activities in Mount Greylock include; camping, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and more. Mount Greylock also offers a great spot to enjoy winter activities such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing and back-country skiing.

Climate - Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons with slightly varying temperatures in the inland and coastal regions. Along the coast the water is a moderating factor that often prevents large amounts of snowfall from accumulating through the winter. Summer temperatures are usually cooler than low lying inland areas, due to ocean breezes. This region of the country experiences high humidity in the summer season and temperatures that average close to 80 degrees F. Fall and Spring are pleasant times to visit the region with crisp air and low humidity. Brilliant foliage colors can be found in the central and western regions of the state in late September and October. Winter temperatures can be brutally cold on occasion with a humidity-filled wind, but on average winter daytime temperatures reach 35 degrees F and lows reach into the teens. Spring is usually the wettest time of year, but trees, bushes and flowers are blooming by early May.

Location - Mount Greylock is located in the rugged northern Berkshires of western Massachusetts, approximately three hours west of Boston and north of New York City. Access to Mount Greylock from North Adams, Rte. 2 On MA Rte. 2; heading west from downtown North Adams 1.2 miles on the left, or heading east from Williamstown 3.7 miles on the left, turn onto Notch Road and follow brown lead-in signs 2.5 miles to park entrance. Driving distance from Rte. 2 to summit is 8.5 miles.

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