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.
Dogs must be kept on leash at all times.
The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full policy here.
Currently, public access to Little Tom is made through Mt. Tom State Reservation in Holyoke (MA DCR). To hike to Little Tom, park at the Bray Lake Parking Lot in the State Park and take the Lower Bray Lake Trail to the Knox Trail. The Knox Trail will take you to the I-91 Overlook and the Woodland Trail on Little Tom Reservation.
Mt. Tom State Reservation (MA DCR)
125 Reservation Rd.
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Mt. Tom State Reservation in Holyoke (MA DCR) (where you must park in order to access Little Tom) charges a small per-car parking fee.
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.
Download the trail map for Little Tom (pdf).
Before You Go
We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.
Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:
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Before Setting Out
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On May 18, 2013 we dedicated a new trail connecting Little Tom Reservation to Mt. Tom State Park. The two new miles of trail branch off from the Knox trail and provide access to Little Tom’s 73 acres of woodlands and fields. Come check it out this summer!