Windsor State Forest
In a region prized for rolling hills and mountain streams, Windsor State Forest, off River Road in Windsor, is a standout. A prime reason is the falls at Windsor Jambs, where Windsor Jambs Brook plunges through a gorge 25 feet wide, walled in by 80-feet of perpendicular granite.
There are 10 miles of trails and dirt roads in the forest good for hiking and mountain biking. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers also use the forest, and it is adjacent to the Notchview Reservation, a site good for cross-country skiing. Deep in the rolling hills of the Berkshire highlands, Windsor State Forest's cascading waterfall at Windsor Jambs stands out for its spectacular beauty.
Trails and old dirt roads that wind through the "The Bush" are favored by hikers, cross-country skiers and snowmobiles. Fishermen and hunters are also welcome.
A popular attraction is the day-use area on the north branch of the Westfield River, where a Civilian Conservation Corps dam has created an impoundment for swimming. There's a supervised grassy beach and 50 picnic sites with table and grill.
24 campsites are available from May to Labor Day on a first-come, first-served basis or by calling.
The forest is open for hunting. The Westfield is stocked with brook, rainbow and brown trout, and is a good fly-fishing stream.
History buffs explore Windigo Farm, a national historic site consisting of a 1790 farmhouse and outbuildings.
Mountain biking is permitted on designated trails. Trails and old dirt roads that wind through the "The Bush."
24 limited-service campsites are also available (no showers or flush toilets).
Camping season: late-May through early-September. Reservations are suggested. Campground office hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Camping is available only at designated sites; wilderness camping is not permitted.
Be Bear Aware: Don't forget you are in Black Bear country. Never physically confront, feed, torment or throw anything at bears. Take appropriate precautions with food so as not to attract bears.
Fishing is available along the beach line.
There are many trails and old dirt roads that wind through "The Bush" are favored by hikers.
There are designated trails for equestrian riders. Please be cautious of hikers and bikers.
Hunting is allowed, but has restrictions. Seasons are established yearly by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and a licenses is required. For more information, call 508-389-6300 or check out www.mass.gov/masswildlife.
There are a few picnicking facilites. Please follow the Leave No Trace rules and pick up after yourself.
Swimming is permitted along the sandy beaches.
Trails and old dirt roads that wind through "The Bush" are favored by snowshoe hikers, cross-country skiers and snowmobiles.
Windsor State Forest is located in the northern part of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.
From the East/MassPike (I-90): Take I-90 Exit 4 to I-91 north in West Springfield. Follow I-91 north to Exit 19 in Northampton. Follow MA Route 9 west to for 27.8 miles to West Cummington. Turn right onto West Main Street, continue for 0.1 mile then take an immediate left onto River Road and follow for 2.9 miles to the day-use area entrance on the left, or campground on the right.
From West/Route 9: In Dalton at intersection with MA Route 8, take MA Route 9 east for 11.3 miles to West Cummington. Turn left onto West Main Street; continue for 0.1 mile then take an immediate left onto River Road and follow for 2.9 miles to the day-use area entrance on the left, or campground on the right.
From the East and West/Route 116: Follow MA Route 116 to the village of Savoy. 0.5 miles east of the village center turn south onto River Road. Follow River Road for 2.9 miles to the day-use area entrance on the right, or campground on the left.