October Mountain State Forest

Accessible
Dogs Allowed

Details of October Mountain State Forest

Overview of October Mountain State Forest

At 16,500 acres, October Mountain is the largest state forest in Massachusetts. You'll find trails for any level of hiking experience, and you can also visit nearby Tanglewood, popular music venue and home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Hours for October Mountain State Forest

Sunrise to one half-hour after sunset

Campground office

Sunday - Saturday:
8:00 am-10:00 pm

Parking at October Mountain State Forest

Daily parking fees:

MA resident $8
Non-MA resident $15

Resident and non resident status is determined by the vehicle license plate

Get a parking pass for Massachusetts state parks

Get a lifetime senior parking pass (MA residents)

 

Activities at October Mountain State Forest

Person walking with hiking boots

Hiking and walking

Check out the Gorge Trail, which leads past the picturesque Shermerhorn Gorge.
Raccoon perched up in pine tree

Nature walks

October Mountain is great place to see all kinds of wild plants and animals.

All Activities at October Mountain State Forest

  • Camping
  • Boating (non-motorized)
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Off-road vehicles
  • Snowmobiling

Facilities at October Mountain State Forest

  • Boat ramp (car top) at October Mountain Reservoir
  • Grills
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms
  • Scenic views 
  • Showers
  • Trailer / R.V. dumping

Accessibility at October Mountain State Forest

  • Camping
  • Hiking
    • Sand dust
  • Picnicking

Restrictions at October Mountain State Forest

  • No alcohol
  • No littering
  • Pets are not allowed at yurt campsites
  • ATVs permitted during daylight hours on designated trails only.
  • ATVs must be on trailer in campground.

More info for October Mountain State Forest

Visitors may only camp in designated campsites, and only during camping season, from mid-May through mid-October.

Tent and RV camping is $17/night for Massachusetts residents and $27/night for non-residents. Small yurts are $45/night for Massachusetts residents and $60/night for non-residents. Large yurts are $55/night for Massachusetts residents and $70/night for non-residents. 

RV camping sites do not have electricity.

Please be advised there is an electric power station across the street from the campground entrance. Patrons may notice a low frequency hum.

Learn more about camping at October Mountain State Forest

Image credits:  eladio marquez

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