BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced that, effective Wednesday, March 7, the lower few miles of Rockwell Road at Mount Greylock State Reservation will be closed to snowmobile use to accommodate the reconstruction of the Reservation's roadway system.
Snowmobiling is still allowed on the upper portions of Rockwell Road, as well as on Notch Road, Summit Road, and on the Reservation's trails. Parking at the base of Notch Road will be limited, however, as it becomes a staging area for construction vehicles. Construction on Notch Road is expected to start in a few weeks and similar restrictions on snowmobile use will apply. Also starting Wednesday, and continuing through the parkway reconstruction, the Visitor Center parking lot at the base of Rockwell Road will not provide access to the snowmobile trail system.
The construction contractor, J.H. Maxymillian Inc. of Pittsfield, is planning to plow a portion of Rockwell Road on Wednesday in order to start construction somewhat earlier than originally scheduled. The $18 million reconstruction project is the largest such project in state park history.
The restriction on snowmobile riding is intended to provide a safe environment for the public as well as for construction crews. Emergency access to the summit will be maintained during all phases of construction.
Because of the restrictions at Mount Greylock, DCR advises riders to consider visiting other state forests designated for snowmobile activity. These include Beartown State Forest in Monterey, Dubuque State Forest in Hawley, October Mountain State Forest in Lee, Pittsfield State Forest in Pittsfield, Savoy Mountain State Forest in Florida, and Tolland State Forest in East Otis.
For additional information, call the Mount Greylock Visitor Center at 413-499-4262 or the DCR regional headquarters at 413-442-8928.