The scenic views are the park’s centerpiece. There are over 40
miles of marked trails, including an 11-mile segment of the Metacomet-Monadnock
Trail. Some trails are suitable for horseback riding, mountain
biking and cross-country skiing.
Skinner State Park is the home of a number species of rare or threatened flora
and fauna. In order to protect these species all recreational
uses are confined to the marked trails.
Picnicking: The picnic area at the summit
of Mt Holyoke has 13 picnic tables and grills many with spectacular
views of the valley below. Please remember that all Massachusetts
State Parks have a “carry in carry out” policy and you will need
to remove any rubbish you bring in.
Hiking: Hiking is a great way to get to
the summit house at all times of the year. Trailheads are
located at the main gate and off route 47(see trail map).
Most of the 7.5 miles of trail are moderate to strenuous
in difficulty. Winter hikers should be prepared for ice or deep
While the steep terrain makes the mountain biking difficult it
is allowed on all but the white blazed Metacomet-Monadnock trail.
Snow Shoeing and Cross-Country Skiing:
None of the trails are groomed, but back-country skiing is available
on some of the trails. Snow Shoes are a good option in deep snow
Hang Gliding and Paragliding: Hang glider and and Paraglider pilots are required to be licensed by USHPA at class III or higher. A yearly permit and daily sign in is also required. Permits and sign in logs can be found in the brown box affixed to the west side of the Halfway Garage.
From the summit of Mt Holyoke one can enjoy
spectacular views of the New England landscape.
From the farm fields of the Connecticut River
Valley to the mountains of four states the
sights are amazing for a mountain of a mere
Snowmobiles are the only permitted off road
use, and is limited to 4” or
more of hard packed snow. Snowmobiles are not allowed on plowed
surfaces at any time.
Skateboards, Roller Skates, and Skates are
prohibited on all park roads and trails.
Motorized Wheeled Vehicles, ATVs, Off-road Motorcycles are
prohibited from all park trails and unpaved roads.