Conflict and Settlement | The Romantic Period | Massachusetts' First State Park


Since Mount Greylock State Reservation was established as the state’s first wilderness park in 1898, its original 400 acres has grown to more than 12,500 acres. Spread across six different towns in northwestern Berkshire County region (Adams, Cheshire, Lanesborough, New Ashford, North Adams and Williamstown) the mountain, its forests, valleys and streams represent a story of man intertwined with the landscape; stories of physical and spiritual sustenance, conservation of this special place and its continued preservation.

Now in its second century of land stewardship, the Commonwealth through the Department of Conservation and Recreation is committed to preserving the vision of John Bascom, who in 1906 dedicated the mountain, "…Greylock, our daily pleasure, our constant symbol, our ever renewed inspiration, for all who have fellowship with Nature."