With a little advance planning, you can make your visit to Skinner State Park more enjoyable. The 1.5-mile road to the mountain top, used by walkers year-round, is open to cars from May to mid/late October. Over seven miles of hiking trails crisscross the park; several access the summit. The Summit House, a popular mountaintop hotel in the 1800's, is temporarily closed for repairs and construction of the Summit House deck. Interpretive programs are offered to the general public; programs for schools and civic groups are available by appointment.
The entrance to Skinner State Park is on Mountain Road, off Rte. 47, in Hadley, Massachusetts. Wheelchair access at the summit is difficult due to the steep terrain. Please call the park at 413 586-0350 for more details.
The staff at the Mount Holyoke Range State Park has implemented a new system for locating lost or injured trail users. We call the system Location Identification or LID for short. LID consists of 5-1/2 x 7-1/2” white signs with the park telephone number and a 3-digit number on them. Most trail intersections in the park now have one of these signs, usually placed 8 to 10 feet from the ground. Each intersection has its own location number, which will correspond to a number on the trail map. You can tell exactly where you are on the map. The map also will have an arrow at each intersection showing the direction you are facing when looking at the sign. Now you can tell which trail to take to get to your desired destination. The park number on the signs can be used if you are lost and need directions, but you need to know what the nearest LID number is. All local police departments now have the maps;
All local police departments now have the maps; please call 911 if there is an emergency.