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Beartown State Forest

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DESCRIPTION
Last Known StatusClosed For Season
Trail Photo

This state forest offers 16.4 miles of challenging ATV trails that consists mostly of loose and chunk rock, mud puddles, tree roots and steep uphill and downhill sections. The staging area is large and trail maps can be found at the kiosk.

Swimming, boating and camping can be found at nearby Lake Benedict but note that there is no direct trail access from there so machines must be hauled to and from the staging area. The campground is open year round but reservations are required May through October which can be done online or by calling (877) 422-6762.

A variety of wildlife can be found which ranges from black bears to deer and bobcats. A small parking fee is charged from May through Labor Day and must be paid at the Beartown State Forest Ranger Station since there is no self pay kiosk at the staging area. During the winter months the trails are open to snowmobiles.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityMonterey, MA
AddressBenedict Pond Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
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Street Map
Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Westfield, MA
1) Take I-90 west to exit 2, about 30 miles
2) Continue about .5 miles, veer left at fork near end of off ramp
3) Turn left (south) on Housatonic Street, continue .03 miles
4) Veer right onto Pleasant Street/SR-102, continue 2.6 miles
5) Turn left (south) on Pine Street, then immediately veer right, continue .4 miles
6) Turn left on Beartown Mountain Road, continue 3.3 miles (Beartown Mountain Road will fork at 2.2 miles, stay to the right)
7) Staging area is on the right (west).
AREA TYPE
AreaTrail
LandState Forest

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesMassachusetts Registration Sticker
Dates OpenMay through last Sunday in November
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting 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 MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / 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
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYesrequired by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
camping permitted at Lake Benedict, no direct trail access
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingNoriding hours dawn to dusk
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on the trail
AlcoholProhibited
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areasarea open during hunting season
Emergency / Law EnforcementSomeDedicated Rangers/Officers
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.
CommentATVs and motorcycles must be registered in Massachusetts, no reciprocity with other states.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingCertain Times ($5.00)
Fee charged May through Labor Day.
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
CampingYes
Tent: $14.00
RV: $14.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Non-residents - $16/night
CommentBenedict Pond Campground is open year-round, reservations required May through Labor Day.

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SW)Fairview Hospital (413) 528-0790
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)Great Barrington Texaco (413) 528-9773
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)Great Barrington
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Great Barrington
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (SE)Sodom Mountain Campground (413) 569-3930
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Camp Overflow (413) 269-4036
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (S)Beartown State Forest Campground (413) 528-0904
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Lipton Mart Stores (413) 528-9898
Swimming Swim AreaOn SiteBenedict Pond
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteBenedict Pond
Boating Launch Boat RampOn SiteNon-Motorized Use Only
Contact InfoBeartown State Forest
69 Blue Hill Road
Monterey, MA 01245
(413) 528-0904
beartown.forest@state.ma.us
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

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