Mount Greylock


Mount Greylock

Mount Greylock, nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, is the state's tallest peak. Despite its modest height, Greylock boasts some of the most picturesque landscapes in the Eastern United States. It's so captivating that it's rumored to have inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick, with its elongated, saddle-like silhouette visible from the author's observation deck in nearby Pittsfield.

The allure of Mount Greylock becomes evident upon visiting, its prominence undeniable as it towers nearly 2,700 feet above Adams, Massachusetts. Its vibrant colors and steep ascent into the sky distinguish it from other New England peaks, a characteristic of its Monadnock status—a mountain that rises abruptly from its surroundings.

Visitors can reach the summit by car or choose from several hiking trails, with the quickest ascent taking less than 90 minutes. While a summit tower is present, grimy windows obscure the views, so it’s not worth the climb. The surrounding viewpoints are more captivating.

Access Point

Navigate to JRQM+6F Adams, Massachusetts.

Situated in Berkshire County, Mount Greylock's remote location makes it a tranquil retreat, with Albany, New York, as the nearest urban center.

From New York, travelers can take I-90 West from the New York State Thruway (I-87) towards Albany, then continue Route 20 East into Massachusetts, following signs to Route 7.

From Massachusetts, the MASS PIKE (I-90) leads to Lee (exit 2), with a similar continuation on Route 20 to Route 7.

Recommended Route

To drive to the summit, look for Mount Greylock Reservation signs along Route 7, turning at North Main St. near Lanesboro. The visitor center provides maps and trail information before continuing on Rockwell Road to the summit.

While you're up there, hike the Mount Greylock Overlook Trail for great views of the summit.


Hiking Mount Greylock requires no permits or fees, though roads to the summit and lodge close seasonally from Columbus Day to Memorial Day. Parking at the summit incurs a $2 fee, with overnight parking designated for specific areas. The unique boreal forests across Greylock and neighboring mountains necessitate careful hiking to preserve these rare ecosystems.


While primarily a day hike destination, Mount Greylock accommodates campers along the Appalachian Trail and within the state reservation. Sperry Campground has designated sites for camping and requires reservations.


What is the best time of year to visit Mount Greylock?

The best time to visit Mount Greylock is from late spring to early fall when the weather is most favorable, and the roads to the summit are open. Winter visits are possible, but please note that roads to the summit are closed, and hiking conditions can be challenging due to snow and ice.

Are there any facilities at the summit of Mount Greylock?

Yes, the summit of Mount Greylock features Bascom Lodge, which offers lodging, meals, and restroom facilities during its operational season, typically from late May to late October.

Can I bring my dog on the trails at Mount Greylock?

Dogs are welcome on the trails at Mount Greylock, but keep them leashed.

Is there a fee to enter Mount Greylock State Reservation?

There is no fee to enter Mount Greylock State Reservation or to hike its trails. However, the summit parking lot has a $2 parking fee. All other parking and access points to the trails are free of charge.

Are there any guided tours available?

While there are no regularly scheduled guided tours, the visitor center at Mount Greylock can provide a wealth of information on the mountain, its trails, and its natural history.

How challenging are the hiking trails on Mount Greylock?

The difficulty of the trails on Mount Greylock varies from easy to challenging. The Thunderbolt Trail, for example, is steep and suited for experienced hikers, while the Hopper Trail offers a more moderate hike.

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