This route contains many of the best parts of Mount Tom State Reservation. It is mostly on the New England Trail and is relatively short and easy with incredible pay-offs. At the northern end of the route, it moves off of the New England Trail and detours to a lookout tower with 360-degree views. This route has a lot of bang for your buck!
The part of the New England Trail that this route occupies starts fairly flat and easy for about the first fifth of a mile. The trail then turns and gets steeper. In addition to being steeper, the trail also gets rocker.
Eventually, the trail reaches a few benches and a breathtaking view to the right. The route then leaves the New England Trail and heads between the benches, passes a kiosk, and leads to the Goat Peak lookout tower.
While somewhat short, this tower given incredible 360-degree views of the rest of Mount Tom State Reservation and all of Holyoke Range State Park across the Connecticut River.
Shared By: Daniel McCloskey