Perched on the slopes of Mt Everett along the edges of Mount Washington State Forest in Sheffield, MA lies Mt Everett State Reservation. The charming reservation sits close to the towns of Stockbridge, MA, and Great Barrington, MA. Mt Everett State Reservation is a popular destination for motorhome camping enthusiasts looking for a serene getaway spot in the southwest corner of Massachusetts. Sitting just close to the New York and Connecticut state lines, this is a great area to set up your campervan when exploring the region. To discover the region’s hidden secrets, book an RV in Sheffield and tick the Mt Everett State Reservation off your bucket list.
The proximity of Mt Everett State Reservation to loads of outdoor activities makes it a favorite among lovers of the great outdoors. Hikers and cross-country skiing lovers have all the trails to themselves at Mt Everett State Reservation, as well as the adjacent Taconic State Park.
Should you be into watersports, you’ll be glad to know that boating is offered in the reservation as well as the neighboring rivers. Waste no time, get your hands on the best of Stockbridge campers, and have the time of your life camping at Mt Everett State Reservation.
RV camping at state parks usually comes with a lot of fun activities. Even though fishing is not allowed, Guilder Pond is a perfect spot for canoeing. Unstrap the canoe from your rental RV and hop right into the water. Nothing beats a warm afternoon paddling around the crystal clear waters while taking in the beautiful backdrops. If you’re the kind of person who just loves to relax, Guilder Pond has a peaceful area where the whole family can picnic and meditate.
Just like other Massachusetts state parks, the Mt Everett State Reservation is also popular when it comes to winter sports. The massive Mt Everett, which sits smack in the reservation, offers nice, scenic paths for cross-country skiing. The adjacent Taconic Mountains offer up to 13 miles of prime skiing slopes.
Should you be into hiking, Mt Everett State Reservation is home to impressive trails for all skill levels. If you’re in good shape, the moderate 3.9 miles Race Mountain Loop Trail that connects with the Appalachian Trail is worth a try. This trail meanders through dense woodlands and rocky ridges to the Race Mountain summit. It also boasts of wonderful views of Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut. Alternatively, the shorter Bash Bish Falls Trail is family-friendly and perfect for dog-walking. The highlight of this trail is a striking waterfall.
Camping at Mt Everett State Reservation
When looking for a convenient place for camping with an RV near Mt Everett State Reservation, Copake Camping Resort in New York is one of the campgrounds to consider. The ample-sized pull-thru and back-in sites are graced with full hookups along with free WiFi. Additionally, campers get access to restrooms and showers. Besides sports fields, the campground offers other recreational features such as a game room, a mini-golf course, and a swimming pool. Bish Bash Falls is not far from the campground.
Alternatively, check out Prospect Lake Park when you prefer camping within Massachusetts. Don’t fret about accessibility as the roads are well maintained, and the grass sites are spacious. The back-in sites are equipped with electric, water, and sewer hookups. Even though there is no WiFi, mobile connectivity to all major carriers is good. The campground is located near a gorgeous lake with boat rentals in place, much to the delight of watersports lovers. As if that’s not enough, there are a couple of restaurants and brew spots nearby where you can get some refreshments.
Exploring the Area
Don’t pack up your campervan and drive off without first checking out what the surrounding area has to offer. Start your adventure by spending a day at the adjacent Bartholomew’s Cobble Reservation in Sheffield. Here, visitors get an insight into various types of bedrock formations, plants, and birds such as bobolinks. While wandering around, you’ll get panoramic views of the Housatonic River Valley, the Berkshires, and the Taconic Mountains. There’s also a museum, hiking trails, and even guided canoe trips on the Housatonic River. A few miles away lies the Land of Nod Vineyard and Winery, where wine lovers can sample some of the finest Connecticut wines.
Spare a day and tour some of the best museums in Albany, NY. Art buffs will love a visit to the Albany Institute of History and Art, which highlights art, history, and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson River regions through paintings and artifacts. Don’t leave the area before touring the picturesque New York State Capitol, the seat of the New York State government. Here you’ll get to learn about various building techniques, including the incredible Romanesque architecture of the 1880s. Be sure to take the whole family to the New York State Museum, a research-backed institution dedicated to exploring the cultural and natural history of New York State.
Don’t crank up your Albany camper rental and leave before getting a tour of the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum. At this museum, you’ll get an exceptional guided tour inside the USS SLATER, a World War II-era destroyer ship still floating in the waters of Albany. After touring the USS SLATER, book a cruise tour and enjoy views of Albany from the Hudson River.