Mohawk Trail State Forest

Mohawk Trail State Forest, Charlemont: Address, Phone Number, Mohawk Trail State Forest Reviews: 4.5/5

Mohawk Trail State Forest
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More than 6,000 scenic acres offer outdoor enthusiasts lodging in 62 campsites and overnight log cabins, plus a variety of activities including trout-fishing, hiking and picnicking.
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Christina Ca
10 contributions
Sep 2020
This review is for the campground. If you are a nature lover, you will love this campground. Absolutely beautiful. Private sites with lots of trees and shrubs between you and the next campers. The bathrooms were clean and the showers were adequate. If you choose the last loop of the campground, the sites will be right on the river. The middle loop's sites are on higher ground. They provide bear boxes for your food because there is a lot of wildlife in the campground. Firewood is provided there but nothing else (they do have water and a sink at the restrooms) so buy all your supplies before you get there. Walk right from your site to hiking trails. This place is a gem.
Written September 30, 2020
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CottageSpirit
NY107 contributions
May 2011
We spent four nights here for the first time on Memorial Day weekend 2011. The drive there is beautiful - right through the heart of the mountains - and the campground itself is beautiful as well. The trees absolutely tower above everything in a spectacular fashion.

We went with a pretty large group, so I got to see several of the cabins and hang out at a couple different campsites.

The cabins are great and here's some info to help you pick the best fit for your family/group:
:: all are in excellent condition, have covered back porches, and have privacy (really nice set-up with each one having lots of trees and understory around it)
:: cabin 6 seems to be the newest and is a little lighter inside because it is made with lighter wood (though even that one is pretty dark inside)
:: cabins 3 and 5 are both described as small and for 3 people, but cabin 5 seems a bit bigger than cabin 3; we decided cabin 5 is really a "medium"
:: cabin 3 has one set of bunk beds - double on bottom and single on top
:: cabin 5 has three layers of beds - double on bottom, single in middle, and then a big loft area up top
:: cabin 6 has flat woods all around it and a short path to a small open field next door that can be played on (on two days, our group played baseball on it)
:: cabin 5 is probably most secluded, on the dead end and up on a hill with trees all around
:: cabin 7 has the smallest "yard" area around it and is closest to the steep slope going down to the main camp road
:: cabin 2 is closest to the bathroom but is still very surprisingly private
:: cabins 1, 2, 6, and 7 all have the picnic tables and fire rings set up off the back porches, so they're all private in that regard
:: cabins 3 and 5 have the picnic tables and fire rings in what would probably be considered the front sides, but it doesn't matter because they're so private anyway
:: cabin 6 gets traffic going up to the group camping site but it wasn't much
:: cabins 1 and 7 get traffic driving to the bathroom / shower; wasn't a lot, but more than I would have guessed

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:: the top ring of campsites are right on the main camp road and aren't very private at all (site 1 is the only I'd consider in that area because it's on the other side by itself)
:: to get to 14 - 22, you need to go around a curve and down a hill
:: 22 is big and private, and you can easily climb down the slope to the river (farthest and downhill from the bathrooms though)
:: 22 - fire ring and picnic table are at the far end, so when a vehicle is parked and tent is up, you can't really see any other campers when you're at the table or sitting around the fire; you're surrounded by a plethora of towering trees and the river
:: 14 is also set back by itself, but is pretty open to 15 (trees in between but no real understory for privacy); sweet short path to the river from the site; sites 14 and 15 would be excellent together; could cross river to get to pool area on other side
:: all others in this section are wooded, but relatively small and not very private
:: 36-56 are down quite a ways; this is probably the most secluded part of the park but I didn't think the sites were particularly secluded from one another; these are closest to the river though; I'd stay in 47 or 50 down there (47 1st, 50 2nd)

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Note that while the riverside sites I mentioned are super, from all of them you can hear the traffic on Route 2 on the other side of the river. Fortunately, the water itself is quite loud, so it's not terrible, but do be advised you will be hearing cars in the background.

The river itself is amazing, and we spent hours upon hours in the crystal clear water - watching toads, climbing over rocks, sunbathing on huge rocks in the middle of the river, swimming in the calm pooled area (that was ~ 8 feet deep). Good hiking right from the campground too - tougher climbs for those so inclined and a nice nature trail for "easy walking".

Bring everything you need as there aren't stores right close by, and the park doesn't sell anything except firewood. Also, this is bear country. The first night we were there, a bear was spotted fussing around outside the cabin bathroom. At the campsites, there are bear warnings stapled to the picnic tables and bear-proof boxes for storing food. Take appropriate precautions.

All in all, everyone in our group absolutely LOVED this campground. Our family definitely wants to go back, but our only dilemma would be whether to stay in a cabin or riverside tent site!!
Written June 4, 2011
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Daniel L
Brooklyn, New York, United States10 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
Great trail to rediscover your natural self. Where self reliance and determination may culminate a union with nature, beauty and wonder. Ps. say a prayer for the indigenous peoples whom are connected with this trail.
Written August 27, 2014
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Katrina N
Boston, MA37 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
We have been coming to the cabins in this park for 3 years now. They are very basic, with no running water, but comfortable. The bathhouse is very well kept and close with hot water. You have to book 6 months in advance in the warmer months.
Of the hikes, the trails along the Deerfield river are the most beautiful. There are some loops that are short enough, even for small children. The pool and river are also good for hours of exploration and play.
Written July 2, 2013
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bubblz927
1 contribution
You seriuosly need to update the site to forwarn visitors that due to the damages of storms from the past you allow trailor trash drunks in front of the entrance.
Written September 24, 2012
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Amanda T
Brooklyn, NY7 contributions
Jul 2011
We just started camping along the East Coast. This spot has been our most pleasant experience so far. Nice rangers, clean and quiet grounds and facilities. Nicely preserved forest. Perfect rocky brook to swim in and explore. Nice fire pits for cooking on. We paid $5 for one tent site.
Written July 22, 2011
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Jay Em G
Pittsfield, MA11 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We stayed 2 nights in cabin 7 and returned home yesterday 9/24. The cabin was clean with beds to sleep 5. Plenty of privacy between cabins, and the bathroom area isn't much of a walk at all. There was a wood stove for heating/cooking inside, and a fire pit & picnic table outside. The bathrooms were clean and well lit at night. The park rangers we encountered were all very friendly and helpful. We plan to stay again next year in a cabin with a little more of a yard area, as cabin 7's is a bit of a wooded incline/cliff. (Probably best for this to be an adult only/no children cabin for this reason, though the other cabins have decent sized, level yard areas.) The 2 nights that we stayed there there was only one other cabin in use, probably because its a bit chillier toward the end of September. We did some hiking using the trail map they provided, and took lots of pictures. It was a great time, and we recommend anyone who likes the luxury of a bed, electricity, and a wood stove; but still wants to somewhat 'rough it.'
Written September 25, 2014
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mcguire4567
Rehoboth, MA27 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
We were very apprehensive about what the cabin was going to be...when we drove up to it we fell in love! We were so pleasantly suprised and a little giddy!!! We spent 3 cozy nights in cabin 3 and were daydreaming about going back when it was a little cooler so we could use the woodstove!
I feel if you like the outdoors, you will love this quiet area.
We fished from the nearby river and had fresh rainbow trout for supper.
We hiked the trails at the campground, which has a lot of history with the mohawk indians. Do your homework before you visit, look up the history very fascinating.
Tubing and rafting nearby.
Don't miss this quaint area to camp!
Written August 5, 2014
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yogiglo
Rehoboth, MA295 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
My husband and I camped here 3 nights last weekend and found it to be a very quiet and well kept area. We had #46 at the end of the lower loop, so no one was behind or to the side of us. a family with several children and a dog were diagonally to the other side, but they were so quiet we hardly knew they were there! We hiked the Indian lookout trail up and then connected to the Mohegan/Mohawk trail down the other side and came around the bottom on a group of trails near the river. Very good hike with tall pines and nice views. We also zip-lined at Berkshire East (do the valley jump) and visited Shelburne Falls. Lovely area - can't wait to come back
Written July 16, 2013
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Tina
3 contributions
Jul 2020
Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground is a pristine and rejuvenating camping site. I stayed in campsite 20 which is one of the hike-in sites (car-free) and enjoyed the ample space and proximity/easy access to the river which is no more than 20 yards away.

To get to this site and other hike-in sites (17-22), one needs to walk down a somewhat steep hill where all the "car free" campsites are located. Two wagons are at the base of the hill to help you carry your gear. Depending on which campsite you get, you'll be walking anywhere from 60-100 yards to get to your site. It's downhill there...but don't forget that it is uphill going back!

Site 17 is the biggest and there is no one right next to it. It has great views of the river. Only caveat about this site is the hill everyone walks down to get to their site meaning they can look down on you as they pass by. Site 19 is another great option because there is no one right next to you and you also have great river views.

Sites 18, 20, and 22 are all in a row, but there is good space between them so you don't feel like you are right on top of another group. 18 is a good site, but the road and area where wagons are stored are right there so people might be walking by often. When it rains, you have a nice views of a small little waterfall.

Site 20 is where I stayed and thought it was great. Tons of space. Tiny little creek right behind it is nice.

Site 21 is very small, not too private, and floods during rain. A couple arrived to the site after heavy rain and decided not to stay because it was swamped. Best to avoid site 21 if possible.

Site 22 is the farthest (100 yards to walk there) but is private, has some nice river views, and is decently sized.

A grill, picnic table and a large bear locker are at each site. Bear lockers can fit coolers (about two 50 quart coolers) AND about 3 medium-sized boxes of food with no problem. If you want, bring a lock with you to lock your items if you feel the need.

All site are well-maintained with lots of trees etc. Staff dusts everything off and rakes the area prior to your arrival.

The nearest bathroom, sink for dishes, drinking water sources, and shower are at the top of the hill right next to where you park your car. This walk to these amenities are the only things I didn't like about camping in the car-free area but thought it was worth it to camp there anyways because the spaces are bigger, quieter, less crowded, and you can walk down a little embankment to get the river where there is a "pool" to swim.

Bathrooms were very clean. I did go there once early in the morning and staff hadn't gotten there yet to clean. A few stalls were short on toilet paper and I saw paper on the ground. But right when staffed arrived, everything was very clean and tidy and sterilized. Bathrooms where cleaned constantly throughout the day.

Staff at this park are friendly, accomodating, and professional.

Hiking trails to mountain tops are within walking distance and many are only 1.5-3.5 miles.

This was my first time visiting and I plan to return soon.

Great experience, scenery, and people.
Written July 7, 2020
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