|Beautiful ten acre Lake Bray at Mount Tom.|
The trail extension project, initiated by the Mount Tom Advocacy Group,drew upon community resources to expand the existing universally accessible woodland trail system. Bill Finn, a member of the Advocacy Group, wrote a proposal for funding which was granted by the federally funded Recreational Trails Grant Program. With a $7000 award, help from the Appalachian Mountain Club and other volunteers, the entire project cost 1/10 of what it would have cost had the work been done with contractors. The new trail provides better grading and 3 bridges to bring hikers more easily to a wetland area at the back of Lake Bray that is rich with wildlife. Kudos to all the volunteers who put in over 800 man hours to complete the project!!
|The new bridge awaits nature lovers.|
Mount.Tom State Reservation is owned and maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). DCR's Universal Access Program visits Mount Tom several times a year with adaptive hiking and winter recreation programs. There are 2 accessible fishing docks on Lake Bray with picnic areas and accessible restrooms nearby. The rest of the park offers 22 miles of forested hiking trails, scenic roadside views of the Pioneer Valley, a group pavilion, and an enchanting nature center in a small stone building. Mount Tom is a premier hawk watching area during migration.
|View from the bridge into the wetland behind Lake Bray.|
The park is open until 8pm until Labor Day. There is a $2 parking fee, waived for those who have handicapped plates or placards. Between Labor Day and Memorial Day, the parking fee is waived for all park users.