Pittsfield State Forest


1041 Cascade St., Pittsfield, MA 01201
Dogs Allowed
Historic site

Details of Pittsfield State Forest

Overview of Pittsfield State Forest

This sprawling, 11,000-acre forest includes Berry Pond and 30 miles of trails. Whether hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or exploring the mountain range to Berry Pond, you're sure to find the perfect outdoor adventure.

Hours for Pittsfield State Forest

Sunrise to sunset

Parking at Pittsfield State Forest

Daily parking fees May 14 - Labor Day:

MA residents   $5

Non-MA residents   $20

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

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Get a lifetime senior parking pass (MA residents)

Activities at Pittsfield State Forest

  • Hiking

    Explore 30 miles of trails for all levels of experience. From the Taconic Crest to the Tranquility, you're sure to find an adventure that's right for you.
  • Camping

    Plenty of campsites are available for your stay. Looking for adventure? Set up camp atop Berry Mountain.

All Activities at Pittsfield State Forest

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Mountain biking
  • Biking
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Boating (non-motorized)
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Horseback riding
  • Educational programs
  • Off-road vehicles
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowmobiling

Facilities at Pittsfield State Forest

Accessibility at Pittsfield State Forest

  • Accessible education programs
  • Accessible hiking trails (Tranquility Trail, .75 miles)
  • Accessible picnicking
  • Accessible restrooms
  • Accessible skiing

Restrictions at Pittsfield State Forest

  • No alcohol
  • No littering
  • Keep on marked trails
  • Make sure your boat and equipment are clean before launching
  • OHV’s must be registered in Massachusetts in order to ride.
  • Dogs must remain on-leash in campground and recreation area, allowed off-leash on trails

Read the rules for hunting in state parks

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs)

  • No ATV or OHV parking at Balance Rock State Park
  • No ATV parking at Lulu Brook
  • No ATV parking or riding on park roadways
    • Parking is available at Potter Mt. Road Trailhead.
    • Parking Area on Rt. 20 in Hancock is available for ATVs and OHVs
  •  ATVs must be kept on a trailer or vehicle at all times when not in use.

More info for Pittsfield State Forest

Be sure to visit nearby Balance Rock State Park, located in the northeastern corner of the forest. Here you'll find a 165-ton boulder balancing itself on bedrock.

Camping information

Camping is $17/night for Massachusetts residents and $54/night for non-residents. Group camping is $35/night for Massachusetts residents and $100/night for non-residents.

Available campsites
  • Berry Pond Campground
    • 13 rustic campsites atop Berry Mountain
  • Parker Brook Campground
    • 19 campsites at the mountain base
  • Bishop Field
    • 6 open-field campsites

Group camping is available at:

  • Bishop Field (up to 20 people)
  • Lulu Brook (up to 50 people)

Read more about camping at Pittsfield State Forest 

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