Cold River Road
Mohawk Trail/Rte. 2 Charlemont
Notice: Please be advised that during the summer of 2013 swimming at the Cold River Swimming Pool will be open on an intermittent basis. Water quality will continue to be tested weekly when water supply from the Cold River is available. Before making plans to visit please call the Mohawk Trail State Forest headquarters at (413) 339-5504 for swimming availability at the Cold River Pool.
A clear, cold river cascades through Mohawk Trail State Forest along a rocky streambed. One of the most scenic woodland areas in Massachusetts, the state forest offers visitors a taste of real wilderness in a rustic setting. Over 6,000 acres of mountain ridges, deep gorges and tall old-growth trees support a diversity of plant and animal life. 47 wooded campsites are available seasonally, and six overnight log cabins are available year-round.
Discover miles of rivers and streams for excellent trout fishing, a swimming area, and a day-use picnic area. The state forest is located along and named for the Mohawk Trail a historic Native American foot path that connected the Connecticut and Hudson River Valleys. Sections of this route are open for hiking today as Mahican-Mohawk Trail
Important: If using a GPS, please use "Cold River Road" as the address.
Mohawk Trail State Forest is located in the northern Berkshires of western Massachusetts.
From North, South and East/I-91: From I-91 take Exit 26 in Greenfield and follow Rte. 2 west for 21 miles. The park entrance is on the right, 4 miles west of Charlemont center.
From the West/Rte 2: From downtown North Adams follow MA Rte. 2 east for 15.5 miles. The park entrance is on the on the left at the bottom of a steep grade.
Things to know before you go...
Camping Season: is from Midy-May through Mid-0ctober. Reservations are suggested.
Campground Office Hours: 8am–10pm
Cabins: are available year-round and accommodate 3-5 people. Reservations are required. Pets are prohibited in cabins and on the cabin sites.
Recreational Vehicles: up to 30 ft. vehicles are permitted on designated sites.
Be Bear Aware: Don't forget you are in Black Bear country. Never physically confront, feed, torment or throw anything at bears. Take appropriate precautions with food so as not to attract bears.
Pets are permitted on tent sites only. Pets are prohibited in cabins and on the cabin sites. Must be on a 10-foot maximum leash and attended at all times. Must have proof of current Rabies vaccine. Please be courteous and clean up after your pet.
Prohibited: Motorized off-road vehicles and alcoholic beverages.
- Accessible Camping
- Accessible Picnicking
- Accessible Restrooms
- Hunting (restrictions)
- Interpretive Program
- Scenic Viewing Area
- Skiing (Cross-Country)
- Walking Trails
The forest is open from sunrise until sunset, year-round. A $5 fee per vehicle is charged from May through mid-October. Parking is free for ParksPass holders, Handicapped, disabled veteran plates, and seniors 62 and above with the Massachusetts Senior Pass.
Other State Parks
Savoy Mountain State Forest also offers year-round cabin camping.