Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike to summit or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sun set, Mount Greylock offers a variety of opportunities for you to enjoy its nature.
Mount Greylock has over 70 miles of designated trails for hiking, mountain biking, back-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, including an 11.5 mile section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail . A primitive Camping experience is available for backpackers at either the Mount Greylock Campground or 5 remote trailside backpacker shelters; the campground is only accessible by foot, as are the backpacker shelters. For naturalists the mountain is a popular destination for bird watching, butterflies and wildflowers. Hunting is permitted in season. In winter, trails are available for snowmobiling , snowshoeing and back-country skiing.
Nearby, Greylock Glen features challenging trails up the steep eastern side of the mountain. Also, Taconic Trail State Park (no facilities available) on the Massachusetts-New York state border and the Phelps Trail provide access to the Taconic Crest Trail, a 35 mile-long foot path.
Hiking opportunities abound on a variety of trails for all abilities. Trail maps and information are available at the Visitor Center, major trailheads, and other select locations. Visit Maps and Brochures to view trail maps, trail mileages and suggested hikes.
Camping: The Mount Greylock Campground is accessible by hiking only. A fee applies. 18 tent sites (4 person maximum), 9 group sites (12 person maximum). Reservations are required from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend (May-October). Call ReserveAmerica: 1-877-422-6762.
Off-season camping (mid-October to late May) at the campground is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; no fee required, donations accepted, registration with park staff is recommended: 413-499-4262.
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Backpacker Shelters: Five lean-to shelters are available year round, first-come, first-served, no fee required; Deer Hill, Wilbur’s Clearing, Bellows Pipe, Peck’s Brook and Mark Noepel. Limit up to 12 person group at each shelter site. Leave No Trace outdoor ethics are strongly encouraged. Tenting is allowed in the immediate area of shelter or on designated wooden platforms. Fires are allowed only at the pit in front of the shelter. Overnight parking is restricted; please contact the park for updates. Visit camping for more specific information.
For safety it is recommended that backpackers call the Visitor Center: 413-499-4262 to notify park staff. Please provide a contact name, telephone number (cell phone if available), names of additional hikers, planned camping locations and dates, overnight parking site and vehicle description with state and license plate number.
Pets are permitted. 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.
Hunting is allowed within Mount Greylock State Reservation with appropriate license(s) and/or permit(s) in season, from Columbus Day (October) through May 20. Hikers and pets on leash are recommended to wear blaze orange in a conspicuous manner during the hunting season. No Hunting or firearms are permitted within the War Memorial Park, a 0.75 mile radius from the War Memorial Tower. Hunting is prohibited within 500 feet of designated picnic and camping areas, buildings, latrines, or parking lots; or within 150 feet of any hard-surfaced highway. Target shooting or target practice is prohibited. Organized field trials are prohibited, unless with written permission from the Director. (304 CMR, Section 17.00-17.08)
Winter Recreation opportunities include snowshoeing, back-country skiing (un-groomed trails), dog sledding and off-season backpacking . Visit Maps and Brochures page to view the Winter Use Trail Map and trail designations. Click here for Winter Safety Tips suggested guidelines.
Winter backpacking campers should be prepared for significant snow and/or weather conditions, as well as strenuous hiking. This is not a novice camping experience. For more information on winter trail conditions, or to register for off-season backpack camping, call the Visitor Center 413-499-4262.
Snowmobiling: Snowmobiling is permitted during winter on the auto roads and designated trails within the park under appropriate conditions: 4-inch minimum hard-packed snow base. Snowmobiling is permitted during daylight hours. Parking for snowmobiling is available at the Visitor Center in Lanesborough, Notch Road Gate in North Adams and in Greylock Glen at the end of West Mountain Road in Adams. Please see winter use map for trail locations. Call the park Visitor Center 413-499-4262 for updates, or visit the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts (SAM) website.