October Mountain State Forest

Dogs Allowed



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.


Sunrise to one half-hour after sunset

Campground office

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


Daily parking fees:

MA resident $8
Non-MA resident $15


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

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


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


  • Boating (non-motorized)
  • Camping
  • Canoeing & kayaking 
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Fishing
  • Grilling
  • Hiking & walking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Off-roading
  • Snowmobiling 


  • Camping
  • Hiking
    • Sand dust
  • Picnicking


  • No alcohol
  • No littering
  • ATVs permitted during daylight hours on designated trails only.
  • ATVs must be on trailer in campground.

More info

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

Image credits:  eladio marquez


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