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Savoy Mountain State Forest

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JBehn
Watertown, MA39 contributions
Dec 2019
I came out and stayed in Cabin 1 from Dec 26-29 and LOVED it. It was quiet (a couple of nights I was the only one in the campground) I had no cell service, so I hunkered down with a good book and my journal and had a really nice time. Cabin 1 has no electricity, so it was dark and cold at first. My lantern and the woodstove took care of that in no time. Cabin 1 sits right down on South Pond, with a really nice view. The cabin faces west, so I enjoyed the sunset on the one day the sun came out. North Adams is less than 15 minutes away for supplies (and civilization, if you need it)
There are 2 bunk beds, so it sleeps 4. I feel like one of the beds could be removed - 4 people in that little space would get claustrophobic pretty quickly. It was plenty of space for 1 person - I would say adequate space for 2, anything over that and you're going to be tripping over each other.
Overall a wonderful experience. There was 4 bundles of wood in the cabin when I arrived, which was plenty for the woodstove. I acquired more because I used the firepit as well. I'm hoping to make this an annual occurrence.
Written January 8, 2020
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CottageSpirit
NY107 contributions
May 2012 • Family
We just had our first stay at Savoy Mountain State Forest and liked it a lot. It's a small, quiet, pretty, well-maintained campground that has a lot of charm. There is an interesting assortment of sites - totally wooded, very large and open but private, and totally open to neighboring sites. And there are four cabins as well.

We stayed in cabin #4, which is the largest cabin and the only one with electricity. It is also the closest to the bathhouses but it is still very comfortably private. Roomy inside with an L-shaped kitchen countertop and cabinets, wood stove, solid wood table and chairs for 4, a set of bunk beds, and a full size bed. The windows appear to be new, but there aren't any screens on them (red squirrels???) so if you want to open them for air, you need to open them to bugs too. The other 3 cabins are more private and have views of the water. Cabin #1 even has a path down to the water. Cabin #4 at least is in GREAT shape and clearly well taken care of.

As another reviewer mentioned, the campground beach area is very, very small, but it's pretty quaint anyway. No real sand to play in though! Besides hiking (easy to moderate trails) right from the campuground, there are a couple of very large open grassy areas that can be used for playing ball, frisbee, and such. Mostly, we just enjoyed the quiet nature of this park. The bathrooms were kept adequately clean, and I found the showers to be a notch above most campground showers (e.g. the water was hot and could actually be kept on versus being the push button / timed typed, room to keep all of your stuff dry).

If you're looking for a traditional wooded site, I'd recommend sites 1, 2*, 5, 17, 18, or 21*. 14 and 15 are decent too but small. 40 is an interesting site in that it's separated from its side neighbors by fairly heavy understory but the back is open to a field area and close to the bathroom. 25 and 26 are nice big sites too but not as wooded. Strangely enough, 43 had a certain amount of appeal to it too. It doesn't have any woods around it whatsoever but it also doesn't have any other sites right next to or across from it. The interior sites - pretty much 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, and 45 - are all in a totally open area.

I'd recommend avoiding sites 7, 8, 10, 11, 41, and 42.

If I were to tent here, I think I'd go for site 29 or especially 28. Both of them are enormous. They have privacy brush and trees around them but each one has a huge, grassy open area too. On site 28, the people had, in addition to their vehicles and tents, a volleyball net set up - and plenty of room to play! It was amazing how much open grassy area they had contained in their private little (big!) area.

The rangers at the park were very nice too!!
Written May 29, 2012
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justkjo
Hartford, CT61 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
We have been camping here every summer for four years..at least once a month after paddling and/or rafting the Deerfield River nearby. The staff is friendly and has even delivered wood to our site when we came in late and so much needed a fire to get dry! The sites are all well situated, some grassy and some not- none too close to one another. Two ponds leave plenty of swimming and fishing options, both of which are within walking distance! You're likely to see beaver swimming about! One of the ponds is open to the public and has picnic tables tho it tends to be the busier of he two. Bathrooms are basic and clean, offering free hot showers. Fantastic hikes in the area - Tannery Falls is nearby in good weather while Mass Moca in North Adams is a good bet for a rainy day. Stargaze under clear skies in the grassy fields of Savoy and you'll never ever want to leave!
Written July 30, 2014
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cameronyahhay5
Lowell, MA2 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
My girlfriend and I just got back from a 4 night camping adventure to Savoy Mountain State forest campground. Overall, it was an alright experience. We live in Central MA, about 20 miles west of Worcester, so the drive was not expected to be challenging. FIrst and foremost, do not use your GPS to get to this campground. We had 2 phones and a hard copy printed map and all sent us down impassable and unsafe roads. On the Reserve America website there are directions under "getting there" that are good to follow. They are not on the state website though for the park and therefore most people do not notice them. DO NOT just search savoy mountain state forest in google maps, because (at least for us) it sent us down Savoy Road, a 'road' (if you can call it that?!) we will never (unfortunately) forget. So a 1.75 hour ride became 4 hours, but we made it there.

We stayed in site 28, which was large and grassy but also not flat other than right near the firepit. This made setting up camp a little challenging. To park the car near/on the site requires parking up a steep grass hill, which made unloading/loading of our kayaks very hard. The site was close to site 27, but had no other sites near it so it was secluded with that regard. It was near the main road so you heard cars often.

The site needed to be mowed the day we got there, so by the time we left 5 days later the site was like a hay field which was unpleasant. At the campground itself there was no real beautiful views, which was surprising since you are on top of a mountain. South Pond is the closest to the campground but still too far to carry/bring kayaks or canoes to, so plan on driving to get to any of the nearby water. For us, who kayak a great deal on our camping trips, it was disappointing as they advertise it being right on the water and other than the cabins it is not. We like tenting so cabins have never been considered.

One of the days we did Haskins and Bog pond trails, along with kayaking bog pond. It was enjoyable and we got to see a couple of Canada Geese and their goslings. All of this only took 5 hours or so, so we also kayaked North Pond (fairly small, good for swimming but that was about it). It was a few minutes drive from our campsite, which was misleading from the campground description which made it seem right there.

Tannery Falls is fun, along with Parker Brook Falls, but I highly recommend the low clearance vehicle option. We chose this as Tannery Rd. from the west end looked in extremely poor condition (which was noted on the trail map) but the east end was not bad. This is a must do. Other waterfalls in VT. and NH are better, but for MA it is probably the best on there is. Our largest complaint with the campground is that every night from 9PM onwards you could hear quite loudly a generator running in the distance, which ruined the mood and tranquility of camping. My backyard was quieter at night, and has just as good of views.

One day it rained and we went to Mass MOCA. Interesting and Eccentric, it is an enjoyable experience if you like contemporary art. The Natural Bridge in North Adams is also a great place to visit, but the park closes at 4:30 PM (extremely early for summer hours), so plan carefully.

A drive up Mt. Greylock which is about 45 minutes away was fun, along was Busby Trail to Spuce Hill. Unfortunately, we completed most of the trails and major park/campground highlights in slightly over 1 day.

Overall, this is an alright campground that lacks much of the charm we were expecting. It can be hard to get to and is poorly set up for those looking to make use of its' ponds. All the campground/surrounding forest has to offer can be done in a weekend, so I would not suggest going for more than 2 nights. Our 4 nights actually seemed to drag on, which out of all our camping trips is a first. I would recommend, but don't expect anything amazing. If you are ok with a farther drive, there are many other state parks (mostly in VT or NH) that are much better.
Written June 5, 2018
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fflbrgst
Derry, NH8,174 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
Just wanted to add a little to my review from last year.
There are two bathroom buildings in this campground. The one closest to the entrance has been updated - fresh paint and the mens side has 3 toilet stalls, 2 urinals and a separate shower room - hopefully they will update the other one soon, as it's position means it gets more use.
The 'cleanup guys' come in at night, so the bathrooms can get a little dirty during the day as people track in the dried grass from the field.
Staff was much more 'present' this year - manning the entrance booth all the time, giving out parking tags and making occasional vehicle runs around the campground.

Tannery Falls - if you do some googling, you won't find any directions except via Tannery Road connecting from Florida Road (from campground). I saw a minivan staritng its way up that road on Saturday - hope they made it! WIth all the rain we had this summer, there must be some mudholes along the way. Searching Google maps, you may think there is a way to the falls from the East side (Black Brook Road), but these roads seem to be non-existant, or at the best dirt tracks, and I would not suggest trying them unless you use a dirtbike, ATV or a real 4WD vehicle - we made it a few miles down the rapidly-deteriorating road with my 4WD truck (regular street tires) and turned back after what may have been the Black Brook Road intersection (it didn't look like the map version, so unsure).
Written August 11, 2014
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AnyMajorDude
Portland, ME26 contributions
Jul 2014 • Solo
Hiked to the summit of Spruce Hill via the trails of Savoy Mountain State Forest. My big regret was not wearing a more waterproof hiking boot as the trails frequently get muddy with occasional stretches of full-on standing water. The hike up took this rookie about two hours on the North Pond Trail, part of the Blackburnian Loop and then up the Lost Pond trail by a really cool little beaver pond. The hike is mostly thick woods, but you do traverse a couple of clearings for power lines. Beware as halfway up the Lost Pond Trail, you can easily veer off to what seems to be a continuation of the trail (poor trail markings here). The view from the top is gorgeous, looking out at the Hoosac Valley below, with Greylock right across the valley. Took the Busby trail for the return hike, much shorter, wider and clearly marked, took maybe 40 minutes. This trail takes you past a cellar hole of a former farmhouse.
Written July 20, 2014
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ginossar1
Newton, MA30 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
I rented cabin #2, which has a great view out front of South Pond. This cabin doesn't have electricity, only cabin #4 does. Cabins 1-3 are the old CCC log cabins built in the 1930's, #4 is newer and larger with electricity. Anyways, my cabin came with two picnic tables, one on the porch, and one in front. It also has a nice fire pit with grill. Inside, there are two bunk beds to sleep four people, a table and two chairs. The cast iron stove with clear front door worked perfectly and kept me warm one cool night. There is a composting toilet 75 ft away. The campground looked nice, with mainly open sites, but some nestled in apple trees! I really enjoyed my stay. Now a couple negatives that stopped the 5 stars...bathrooms during my stay were not clean by DCR Massachusetts campground standards, and I know because I've stayed at a lot of them. They weren't horrible, but not clean. My cabin upon arrival wasn't clean. The stove and fire pit were FULL of ashes, the floor wasn't swept and there were cigarette butts everywhere outside.I cleaned it all up and left it clean. Outside of that, great stay.
Written July 21, 2016
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mrr107i
Pittsfield, Massachusetts19 contributions
Only one other state park in Berkshire county matches the comfort and accessability of a great camping experience of Savoy S.P.
Written September 27, 2012
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Julie H
40 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
3 nights here, small pleasant campground, sites mostly small. We were looking out onto the farthest field, surrounded by loaded apple trees. Bathroom on that side is old, but serviceable. Rangers are very friendly and helpful. Make sure you take an axe - wood bundles have big logs! Really good hiking - Busby trail is worth it for the view and Tannery falls is very pretty, we combined it with Ross brook. North pond is nice for swimming after a long walk. Use the directions on the website - gps can try to take you on bad roads!
Written September 14, 2015
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FrankLily
Boston, MA11 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
We spend the weekend Savoy Mountain State Forest in cabin #4. It was a great, clean, rustic cabin with electricity. Covered front porch has a picnic table and room for a few camping chairs. Private and a quick walk from the pond. Nice hikes. Busby Trail is wonderful!
Written July 7, 2015
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