|Accessible trail on Mt. Greylock|
Wachusett Mountain is a well-known single mountain in central Massachusetts, complete with a popular downhill ski concession. Pass the ski concession and keep going on your drive to the top, 2000 feet above sea level. There are several designated spots for closest parking. The viewing tower is not far away at the terminus of a gradually ascending paved trail used by hikers and bicyclists. The tower’s viewing area is securely ramped around the base and offers seating with views in all directions.
Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire is the most visible mountain to the north. On a clear day you can also see the Berkshires to the west and Boston’s skyline to the east. In the fall you may find birdwatchers scanning for migrating hawks. Be aware that there are no restrooms at the summit, so plan to stop at the park visitor center on your way up or down. There is also no seating along the walk to the tower, so bring your own folding chair if a place to sit is needed.
Wachusett Mountain is located at 345 Mountain Road in Princeton. The summit road is open until sunset daily through the last weekend in October.
|Summit House on Mt. Holyoke|
|Viewing tower on Wachusett|
Skinner State Park is located at 10 Skinner State Park Road in Hadley. For further detail on accessibility click here.
|War Memorial on Mt. Greylock|
The road to the top has been repaved and improved in recent years. At the top sits a stone war memorial tower honoring Massachusetts veterans, made with granite from the Quincy quarries near Boston. Nearby is nestled Bascom Lodge, a rustic mountain stopover with overnight accommodations, café, restrooms and a place to enjoy the indoors next to a stone fireplace. There are several accessible parking spaces right next to Bascom Lodge. A paved trail connects the tower and lodge with wonderful views eastward among wind stunted trees and field wildflowers.