OHV Trail Season Advisory
The Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) riding trails will officially open in Western Mass on Friday, May 8. OHV riding is allowed at Pittsfield State Forest, October Mt. State Forest, Beartown State Forest and Tolland State Forest (Off- Highway Motorcycles only). With the exception of Tolland SF, all riders must obtain a riding permit by calling (413)358-2172 or via email at Pittsfield.ATVfirstname.lastname@example.org. Riding at any other DCR properties is strictly prohibited.
At 16,500 acres, October Mountain is the largest state forest in Massachusetts. Here visitors can camp, hike and enjoy the outdoors while they visit nearby Tanglewood and other Berkshire Region points of interest. 47 campsites dot a sunny hillside and offer a great base to explore this vast forest.
The name of "October Mountain" is attributed to writer Herman Melville, whose view from his home in Pittsfield of these hills in fall impressed him so. The state forest originated from the former estate of William C. Whitney, President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of the Navy. Trails are available for every level of experience, and include the famous Appalachian Trail . One of the most scenic trails leads through Schermerhorn Gorge, a striking natural feature which has intrigued generations of geologists. Countless varieties of wild plants and animals can be found throughout the varied terrain of this vast forest.
ATV and Motorcycle Permit Information for 2014
DCR has instituted a required trail permit for ATV and OHM users at October Mountain State Forest. The recreational permit program has facilitated more direct and effective communication between our staff and our ATV and OHM customers and provided valuable information about user demand, the popularity of motorized recreation trails and rider demographic and usage patterns.
For more information please visit the DCR's Off Highway vehicle page or call (413)358-2172.
October Mountain State Forest is located in the central Berkshires, western Massachusetts.
From the East or West/Mass Pike (I-90): Take Exit 2 in Lee. Follow U.S. Rte. 20 west 1.1 miles through downtown Lee to Center Street. Turn right onto Center St. and follow (becomes Columbia St.) for 1 mile to Bradley Street. Turn right onto Bradley St. (becomes Woodland Rd.) and follow brown lead-in signs 1 mile to campground entrance.
From North or South/Rte. 7: In Lenox Rte. 7 is merged with U.S. Rte. 20. At Walker Street stoplight turn left from north, or right from south and continue into Lenoxdale for 1 mile. Turn right onto Mill Street, cross bridge and continue for 0.5 miles to Bradley Street. Turn left onto Bradley St. (becomes Woodland Rd.) and follow brown lead-in signs 1 mile to campground entrance.
- Accessible Camping
- Accessible Restrooms
- Non-motorized Boating
- Boat Ramp & Public Landing
- Hunting (Restrictions)
- Mountain Biking
- Off-Road Vehicles
- Skiing (Cross-Country)
- Trailer / R.V. Dumping
- Walking Trails
Things to know before you go...
The forest is open from sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. Access is free.
Camping season is from mid-May through mid-October in designated campground only. Reservations are suggested. Several sites are wheelchair accessible. There are three yurts that are available for camping. No group sites are available. Campground office hours: 8am-10pm.