With a little advance planning, you can make the most of your trip to Mount Greylock. Be sure to check out the contents of this website to best prepare yourself for your visit. Once you are here stop by the Visitor Center (year round) where park staff can help plan your visit.
The recreational experience on Mount Greylock is semi-primitive. Other than the developed road system, which provides access through the park to the summit from late-May through November 1, and snowmobiling in winter, access is non-motorized. The trail system is simple with minor developments and the wilderness experience is overall tranquil. The Mount Greylock Campground and backpacking shelters are primitive overnight areas, accessible by hiking only. The summit area is more developed to accommodate auto traffic and wheelchair access, but provides rustic amenities for visitors at Bascom Lodge.
Visit Recreation for more detailed information on rules and regulations for backpack camping, snowmobiling, visiting with pets and hunting seasons.
Access to the park is free. However, there is a parking fee for the summit parking lot only, charged per vehicle from Memorial Day (late May) through Columbus Day (mid-October). The current parking fee is $5 MA Vehicle, $6 non-MA Vehicle. Effective July 1st, 2017 - Day Use Summit Parking Fee for non-MA Vehicles will increase to $10. Parking is free for ParksPass holders, vehicles with Handicapped, disabled veteran plates/placard, and seniors 62 and above with the Massachusetts Senior Pass ($10 one-time lifetime fee).
Special Use Permits
If you would like to have a wedding, recreational event, charity event or group activity in the park, including professional photography, film and/or video, you may be subject to applying for a Special Use Permit . A fee applies. Mount Greylock State Reservation and Greylock Glen have certain restrictions on where and how many people are involved in the activity which also considers available parking spaces and potential environmental impacts. A permit is required when the use or activity exceeds in any way the common use of DCR parklands. Pursuant with 304 CMR 1206 no person shall consume or possess alcoholic beverages on Department property except with written permission from the Commissioner or Designee. For more information call the Visitor Center 413-499-4262, or inquire via email: Mount.Greylock@state.ma.us. Bascom Lodge is managed separately for events. For information call 413-743-1591, visit www.BascomLodge.net, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Weather for the northern Berkshires is characterized by shorter, mild summers and longer, cold winters. Mount Greylock’s lower elevations are generally warmer but conditions are more moist and cool as altitude increases, with an average 8-10 degree F (5-6°C) difference between the base and summit. Prevailing winds are from the southwest in summer and northwest in winter. The summit is shrouded by cloud cover for about one-third of the year. For the latest in weather information visit this Weather link.
Enjoy your visit!