There are so many ways to enjoy winter in Franklin County, Massachusetts, with its multitude of conservation areas, state parks, ski areas, and state forests. Whether you love to downhill ski, cross country ski, snowshoe, ice skate, or just go for a scenic walk in the woods, you can find so many ways to relish the beauty of winter. Whereas summer in nature is full of sounds, animals, and colors, the wintertime offers quiet, peaceful, experiences in nature under a blanket of white snow and ice. Here are some places to visit if you want to make the most of winter in Franklin County.
Berkshire East offers 5 lifts and trails to suit a variety of skill levels so bring the whole family for a day out on the slopes. Their friendly staff offer rental equipment and lessons for all ages if you are new to the sport or want to work on your skills. Otherwise, if you prefer something a bit easier, the Snow Tubing Park is also a great way to enjoy the snow.
Finish off the day at the Crazy Horse Bar & Grill, located right inside the main lodge. They offer delicious meals that will satisfy after a full day of adventures, and either indoor or outdoor seating overlooking the mountain.
Find out more about Berkshire East and stay informed about which lifts and trails are open at berkshireeast.com.
If you prefer cross country skiing, you can find a whole network of beautiful trails at Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area. Located on Route 63 in Northfield, they have 25 miles of trails groomed for classical and freestyle skiing. Normally the trail system is open for skiing Wednesday to Sunday 9 am to 4:30 pm. Northfield Mountain offers equipment rentals, as well. Be sure to check their website and Facebook page for updates on trail closures, rentals, and snow conditions.
Savoy Mountain State Forest
Savoy Mountain State Forest is another local gem for winter wonderland views in Franklin County. Bring your snowshoes or cross country skis to soak in the peaceful scenery. Visit the website for directions and more information.
Sledding and Tubing
If your winter adventure crew includes children or you just prefer sledding on a winter day, then grab your own sled or tube and visit these locations across Franklin County for a great day outside in the snow:
Ashfield Golf Course
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.
GCC Greenfield Community College
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.
Beacon Field 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!
Hill behind Rowe Elementary School
For those who live further west in Franklin County, check out the hill behind Rowe Elementary School. Just to be sure to check with the school hours for parking and restrictions on entering the property.
Ice skating is another fun activity to embrace winter. Depending on the temperatures, you might be able to skate across a natural frozen pond at one of the state parks, such as Wendell State Forest https://www.mass.gov/locations/wendell-state-forest. Be sure to always use caution when doing so, since conditions of the ice can vary and never go alone. Otherwise, choose a more reliable option for ice skating at the indoor skating rink at Collins/Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
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