MA Residents: Are You Ready For A Unique Winter Exploration?
Now that winter is here, you can literally "take a hike" as there are prime opportunities to explore the great outdoors as residents and visitors can check out breath taking views from high up above right here in our very own backyard. We have three options throughout The Bay State as two places can give you a bird's eye view of what you can check out from the heaven's above and for those afraid of heights, there is another option where you can remain on solid ground. Let's start with the "aerial view" of peaks and valleys that you can explore, but dress accordingly now that colder weather is now amongst us:
First stop: Mount Greylock which has been designated as the highest point in Massachusetts. At 3,491 feet from its peak on a clear day, you can see as far as 90 miles away. No matter when you visit, there's plenty to do and see. The park is open dawn to dusk, but keep in mind auto roads are CLOSED for the winter season.
A footnote: There is a NEW VEHICLE RESTRICTION. Those greater than 22 feet in length are prohibited from travelling on the Mount Greylock Auto Roads and to the Summit.
For groups of less than 50 people, call the Mount Greylock Visitor Center prior to scheduling transportation, and at least two weeks before the actual day of your visit to avoid scheduling conflicts with other events at the park. Take note: If the group exceeds 50 people, a minimum of 45 days advance notice and a special use permit are required as a $5 application fee will be charged. For more information, call the park at (413) 499-4262.
Our second stop: Princeton, home of the 3,000-acre Wachusett Mountain State Reservation in neighboring Worcester county offers plenty of natural and recreational opportunities. You can indulge in skiing during the winter months while enjoying the scenic views from this 2,006-foot peak.
For starters, take your car straight to the summit of Wachusett Mountain, for a breathtaking 360 degree view where you can hike on the 17 miles of trails, through forests, meadows, and ponds. Parking is free in perimeter parking lots on roads outside of the park. For more details, check out their web site by going here.
Last but not least, how about a hike and the good news is you are experiencing this adventure on solid ground in The Bay State's capital, Boston. You can choose to stop and explore one or more of the 16 historical sites and attractions.
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