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.
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.
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.
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.
Mt. Tom State Reservation (MA DCR)
125 Reservation Rd.
Holyoke, MA 01040
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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.
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With roughly 27,000 acres under management, The Trustees is devoted to protecting ecologically significant environments across our portfolio.
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.
A great place to hike, or just drive and enjoy the vistas...the views of Easthampton are breathtaking.
– Tawny1956, TripAdvisor
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