October Mountain State Forest in the Berkshires, Massachusetts

We spent Memorial Day weekend with Camper Dan in the Berkshires in Massachusetts.

The Berkshires is a region located in western Massachusetts and Connecticut that contains a range of the Appalachian Mountains. The area is packed with opportunities for outdoor activities as well as a vibrant visual and performing art culture.

The weather included a fair bit of rain but highlights included:

TIP: We borrowed a RTIC Cooler from a friend to test out the claims of keeping ice for 5-10 days (depending upon the model). The verdict: truth. We didn’t really fill ours with enough ice and temperatures weren’t much above 70° F but it worked wonders. Check out the models below or browse all the models here.

  • Viewing Bash Bish Falls (the tallest waterfall in Massachusetts) at Bash Bish Falls State Park. There is access from both Massachusetts and New York (entrances are about one mile apart).


  • Ascending 720 feet to the summit of Squaw Peak at Monument Mountain. We chose to ascend via the steeper more strenuous Hickey Trail (the trail on the right; .83 miles up) and descend via Indian Monument Trail (the trail on the left; 1.51 miles down). At the summit we scrambled around on rocks and relished the view.


Our 2017 inaugural Camper Dan experience in The Berkshires was great. Next time we’d love to see a performance at Tanglewood Music Center.


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Our review and photos of October Mountain Campground can be found on Hipcamp under the accommodation link above. The review reads as follows:

The campground has 3 sections, located on different tiers of a hill. The lower level has RV sites, middle has tent sites, and upper has a few yurts. Each level has a bath house (3 toilet stalls and 1 shower in the lower level; it was run-down but clean enough). Outside the entrance station (near the RV sites) is a HUGE power station that emits a hum constantly. Super annoying and an eyesore. You’ll see many vehicles drive-by with boats or ATVs in tow as the state forest also has areas suitable for their use. Accessible from the campground are a few hiking trails. Monument Mountain is a popular hiking spot about 20 minutes away and Bash Bish Falls State Park is about 45 minutes away. Note: Massachusetts does not allow alcohol in their parks.

May 25 – 29, 2017

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