10 Skinner State Park Rd.
Hadley, MA 01035
The road to the summit will remain open until Monday, November 11, 2013 , staffing availability dependent ( 9am - 4pm).
J.A. Skinner State Park is home to more than 400 acres of forest on Mt. Holyoke, as well as the historic Mt. Holyoke Summit House. The park is located at the western end of the Holyoke Range, abutting the majestic Connecticut River. The park offers multiple hiking trails and breathtaking views of the Connecticut River Valley from multiple vistas. The summit of Mt. Holyoke is accessible by walking the road or hiking along the trails year-round.
The Summit House, a popular mountaintop hotel in the 1800s, is temporarily closed for repairs and construction of the Summit House deck.
The park is named after Joseph Allen Skinner, a wealthy businessman who donated the hotel and land to the state in 1940.
There are 20 picnic sites on the grounds, many with fine views and charcoal grills. Restrooms are available May through mid-October. Hawk watching is popular in spring and fall. Paths from the Summit House connect with marked trails that traverse the Holyoke Range. Fall foliage viewing is popular in the park, and the masses of flowering mountain laurel present a lovely spectacle in June.
The scenic views are the park’s centerpiece. There are over 40 miles of marked trails, including an 11-mile segment of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Some trails are suitable for horseback riding, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.
Skinner State Park is the home of a number species of rare or threatened flora and fauna. In order to protect these species all recreational uses are confined to the marked trails.
Picnicking: The picnic area at the summit of Mt Holyoke has 13 picnic tables and grills many with spectacular views of the valley below. Please remember that all Massachusetts State Parks have a “carry in carry out” policy and you will need to remove any rubbish you bring in.
Hiking: Hiking is a great way to get to the summit house at all times of the year. Trailheads are located at the main gate and off route 47(see trail map). Most of the 7.5 miles of trail are moderate to strenuous in difficulty. Winter hikers should be prepared for ice or deep snow.
The park is located in the central Ct River Valley.
From the West:
Head east on I-90
Take exit 4 for I-91 toward Holyoke/Springfield - 0.6 mi
Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-91 and merge onto I-91 N - 13.8 mi
Take exit 19 to merge onto Bridge St/MA-9East - Continue to follow MA-9East - 0.8 mi
Turn right at Old Bay Rd - 0.2 mi
Continue on Bay/Hockunum Rd. /MA-47S - Continue to follow MA-47S - 4.7 mi
Turn left at Mtn. Rd - 0.4 mi
Take the 1st left onto Skinner State Park Rd. Park will be on the left – 400 ft