Rising roughly 1,000 feet in elevation, Mt.
Holyoke Range State Park straddles the seven-mile ridge
that runs from Hadley to Belchertown. Acquisitions starting
in the 1970’s created the park, which is now a patchwork
of over 3,000 acres of protected land along the Range. The
Notch Visitor Center, located at the height of land on Route
116 at the Amherst/South Hadley border, is open seasonally from June through August and open for restroom use daily, weather and staff permitting. It serves as a starting point for more than 35 miles of trails. For more information, call 413-253-2883 from June to September.
River Greenway connects open spaces, parks,
scenic vistas, and archaeological and historic sites along
the length of the Connecticut River as it passes through the
state. There are over 12 miles of permanently protected shoreline,
and numerous access points to the river.
Tom State Reservation boasts an unparalleled view of
the Connecticut Valley north and south, the Berkshire mountains
to the west and the Pelham hills to the east. This 2,082
acre facility offers 20 miles of hiking and walking trails;
picnicking; canoeing and fishing on Lake Bray; and cross
country skiing and ice skating in the winter.
Heritage State Park features exhibits about paper
manufacturing and Holyoke's industrial history. A slide show
celebrates the city's rich blend of cultures and people. Special
programs are offered year-round.
Mt. Tom is one of the premier hawk watching spots in New England. more…
Elwell Recreation Area on the Connecticut River Greenway offers
an accessible dock on the