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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 associated parcels and added valued recreational land adjacent to the Mount Tom State Reservation. Little Tom provides a woodland escape within easy access to over 600,000 residents of the Springfield Metropolitan area.
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.