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Pioneer Valley

Little Tom Mountain

Holyoke

73 acres

Only a 10-minute drive from downtown Holyoke, Little Tom lies within one of the state's most ecologically significant landscapes, the Mount Tom Range.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

An ecological gem and woodland escape within easy access of the Springfield Metropolitan area, Little Tom—part of 2,500 acres of contiguous, conserved open space—supports intimate forests, open fields, and one of the most notable concentrations of rare species and natural communities in the state, specifically reptiles and amphibians.

In 2002, four entities—The Trustees, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Holyoke Boys and Girls Club—joined together to acquire and protect the 396-acre ski area on the eastern slope of Mount Tom. The successful acquisition yielded a cooperative management approach of the area and the development of an environmental education program between The Trustees and the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club.

Ideas for Your Visit

Currently, public access to Little Tom is made through Mt. Tom State Reservation in Holyoke (MA DCR). To hike to Little Tom, park at the Bray Lake Parking Lot in the State Park, then take the Lower Bray Lake Trail to the Knox Trail. The Knox Trail will take you to the I-91 Overlook and the Woodland Trail on Little Tom Reservation.

Admission & Hours

Mt. Tom State Reservation in Holyoke (MA DCR) (where you must park in order to access Little Tom) charges a small per-car parking fee.

Directions

Mt. Tom State Reservation (MA DCR)
125 Reservation Rd.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Telephone: 413.213.4751
Email: pvregion@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From the West:

  • Head east on I-90 E
  • Take exit 4 for I-91 toward Holyoke/Springfield – 0.6 mi
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-91 and merge onto I-91 N – 3.9 mi
  • Take exit 17A to merge onto Easthampton Rd toward Holyoke – 0.5 mi
  • Turn left at Northampton St/US-5N – 4.0 mi . Turn left at Reservation Rd. Park will be on the left 0.7 mi

From the East:

  • Head west on I-90 W
  • Take exit 4 for I-91 toward Springfield/Holyoke – 0.2 mi
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-91 and merge onto I-91 N – 3.9 mi
  • Take exit 17A to merge onto Easthampton Rd toward Holyoke – 0.5 mi
  • Turn left at Northampton St/US-5N – 4.0 mi
  • Turn left at Reservation Rd. Park will be on the left – 0.7 mi

From the North:

  • Take I-91 S
  • Take exit 18 to merge onto Mount Tom Rd/US-5S – Continue to follow US-5S – 3.8 mi
  • Turn right at Reservation Rd. Park will be on the left – 0.7 mi

From the South:

  • Take I-91 N
  • Take exit 17A to merge onto Easthampton Rd toward Holyoke – 0.5 mi
  • Turn left at Northampton St/US-5N – 4.0 mi
  • Turn left at Reservation Rd. Park will be on the left – 0.7 mi

 

Property Map

We recommend that you take a photo of the map on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you head out.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs must be kept on leash at all times.
  • Mountain biking and motorized vehicles prohibited.
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History

Property Acquisition History
Purchased from Mt. Tom Ski, Inc., owners of the former Mt. Tom Ski Area, in 2002 as part of a 396-acre acquisition involving federal, state, and nonprofit partners.

The View From Here
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A great place to hike, or just drive and enjoy the vistas...the views of Easthampton are breathtaking.

Tawny1956, TripAdvisor

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