About Little Tom Mountain
Please note: At present, Little Tom Mountain is not open to the public. Reservation access is limited to special programs and volunteer workdays until the reservation formally opens in 2013.
Only a ten minute drive from downtown Holyoke, Little Tom Reservation lies within one of the state's most ecologically significant landscapes: the Mt. Tom Range.
What makes Little Tom Mountain a special place?
Little Tom's intimate forests and open fields are part of 2,500 acres of contiguous, conserved open space that protect rare species and community types and provide opportunities for outdoor fun, learning, and exploration for all.
The Range is a cherished part of the landscape and life in the Connecticut River Valley. It has an extraordinary history; from its geological beginnings in the continental rifting that created the ancestral Connecticut Valley 200 million years ago, to its use in modern times as a tourist destination with its mountain houses, street railway, and amusement park. An ecological gem, it supports one of the most notable concentrations of rare species and natural communities in the state, specifically reptiles and amphibians.
In 2002, four entities – The Trustees of Reservations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club – joined together to acquire and protect the 396 acre Mt. Tom ski area on the eastern slope of Mt. Tom. The successful acquisition yielded a cooperative management approach of the former ski area and the development of an environmental education program between The Trustees and the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club, who intend to establish a youth summer camp at the site.
Our goal at Little Tom is to create a unique reservation that serves a broad audience and ultimately engages a whole new generation of young people in conservation. At this time, Little Tom and the former Mt. Tom Ski Area are not accessible to the public due to an active quarry operation that is a threat to visitor safety. Reservation access is limited to special programs and volunteer workdays until the reservation formally opens in 2013.
Regulations & Advisories
At this time, Little Tom and the former Mt. Tom Ski Area are not accessible to the public due to an active quarry operation that is a threat to visitor safety. Property access is limited to special programs and volunteer workdays until the reservation formally opens in 2013.
Mt. Park Access Road
I-91 Overpass (West off Route 5)
From the South:
From I-91 North, take Exit 17A Route 141/Holyoke. Turn left at the first traffic light onto Route 5 (Northampton Street). Proceed through the light at Hampden Street and North along Route 5 1.5 miles. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Mountain Park Road (the former ski area entrance). Proceed 0.5 miles to the I-91 overpass and cross over.
From the North:
From I-91 South, take Exit 18 (Northampton/Easthampton). At the end of the ramp, merge right onto Route 5 South, towards Holyoke. Proceed through the first traffic light at the off-ramp and go 5.7 miles South on Route 5. At the next traffic light, turn right onto Mountain Park Road (former ski area entrance). Proceed 0.5 miles to the I-91 overpass and cross over.
Park on the side of the road in the area around the overpass, or in the small parking area to the South as you cross over. Do not block any of the three gates. Be sure to park within 12” of the curb and maintain road clearance (15’ minimum) for the very large trucks that pass through to the Quarry.
Property Acquisition History
Purchased from Mt. Tom Ski, Inc., owners of the former Mt. Tom Ski Area, in 2002 as part of a 396-acre acquisition involving federal, state, and nonprofit partners.