With its beautiful rolling hills and wide expanses of open land, Franklin County is full of amazing winter sledding, snow tubing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing spots. Here a few local favorites to enjoy on a snow day:
Our local ski resort in Charlemont also offers tubing! Berkshire East has three 500-foot well-groomed lanes, along with a magic carpet to bring you back up for your next ride. Snow tubing will be available starting January 16th, with reservations required. Go to berkshireeast.com/winter/snow-tubing-park for more information.
For classic New England sledding and tubing, head over to the Ashfield Community Golf Course. Located on Norton Hill Road, just off of Route 116 in Ashfield, there are plenty of hills and open space to adventure in a winter wonderland.
The fields in front of Greenfield Community College have some desirable hills for sledding and tubing. Plus, it’s located centrally in Greenfield on College Dr near Downtown Greenfield, so it’s easy to get to if you live in Greenfield.
Another great spot in Greenfield is Beacon Field on Beacon Street. There you’ll find a great hill and an open field, perfect for a snowy day of sledding and tubing!
For those who live further west in Franklin County, check out the hill behind Rowe Elementary School for sledding and tubing. Just to be sure to check with the school hours for parking and restrictions on entering the property.
For scenic snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails, head over to Savoy Mountain Forest. There you can immerse yourself in a natural winter wonderland, surrounded by a calm, wintry forest. For directions and more information go to mass.gov/locations/savoy-mountain-state-forest
As mentioned in a previous blog post, Northfield Mountain Recreation Area has lots of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. While the trails will not be groomed this year, the public is still welcome to use the trails while snow cover is adequate. Check out my previous blog post for more information.
Other than Berkshire East, all of these are unpatrolled locations for use at your own risk, so please use caution and go prepared for the weather.
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