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October Mountain State Forest

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Other Names

Ashley Lake, Sandwash Reservoir, Washington Mountain Lake, Woods Pond, Buckley Dunton Lake, Yokum Pond, Finerty Pond Dam, Becket Mountain, Walling Mountain, Bald Top, Rocktober

Last Known StatusOpen

This large state forest offers 27 miles of ATV trails that wind through over 16,000 acres of mixed hardwood trees. There are multiple staging areas along with access to the famous Appalachian Trail (non-motorized use).

The trails form several long loops but most of the terrain is very rocky, making this a bit of a challenge for an inexperienced rider. This place is sometimes called "Rocktober" because of the rugged terrain. Nearby Pittsfield State Forest might be a better option for those looking for easier terrain with a nearby campground.

The trails are only open to motorized use during daylight hours between May through the end of November. Snowmobiles can explore these trails during winter months.

The forest offers one campground that has basic amenities but there is no direct trail access, which means unless street legal, machines must be hauled to and from the staging areas.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesMassachusetts Registration Sticker
Dates OpenMay through last Sunday of November
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoATVs and motorcycles must be registered in Massachusetts, no reciprocity with other states.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
vehicles under 900lbs dry weight and 50 inches wide permitted
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYesrequired by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingNo
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on the trail
Rule Enforcement
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TERRAIN

Approx Size16,500 acres (26 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail27
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1000 to 2000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis state forest has some roads.Some
ShadeThis state forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has mostly expert terrain.Mostly

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (S)Lee Sunoco (413) 243-4356
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (S)Lee
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NE)Summit Hill Campground (413) 623-5761
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn Site$15/non-campers
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)O'Connell Convenience Plus (413) 298-4036

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
CampingYes
Tent: $17.00
RV: $17.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
October Mountain State Forest Campground Fee - $17/night/residents; $54/night/non-residents. Residency determined by vehicle license plate.
CommentRVs restricted to 34'. Large and small yurts available, call for rates and availability.

RATINGS

Our RatingRating
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityStockbridge, MA
Address256 Woodland Road, Lee, MA 01238
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Street Map
Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Lenox, MA
1) Take US-7 north about 5 miles
2) Turn right on Walker Street, continue 1.7 miles
3) Turn left on Willow Hill Road, continue 1.6 miles.
4) Staging area will be on the right.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoOctober Mountain State Forest
256 Woodland Road
Lee, MA 01238
(413) 243-1778
www.mass.gov
Contact InfoMassachusetts Environmental Police
251 Causeway Street, Suite 101
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1610
www.mass.gov
CommentATV/Motorcycle Registration Info
Contact InfoReserve America
(877) 422-6762
(877) 620-2267
www.reserveamerica.com
Commentcampground reservations
Contact InfoPatriots All Terrain Club
P.O. Box 2967
Pittsfield, MA 01201
patriotsatv@yahoo.com
CommentOffroad club that does trail maintenance and group rides in Massachusetts and surrounding states.

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

October Mountain Trail Photo

October Mountain State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 7/31/2011 (Thanks!)

October Mountain Trail Photo

Example of terrain at October Mountain State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 5/3/2012 (Thanks!)

October Mountain Trail Photo

OHV at October Mountain State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 7/31/2011 (Thanks!)

October Mountain Trail Photo

October Mountain State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 5/3/2012 (Thanks!)

October Mountain Trail Photo

OHV at October Mountain State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 5/3/2012 (Thanks!)

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