Naomi

A super group of people like you helped make it possible for outdoor adventurers like me to ride the Accessibility Trail here in Mt. Tom State Reservation, Holyoke, MA. Thanks to people like you a smooth and fun-to-ride trail now extends along Lake Bray to the new 55 foot bridge behind me that they built. I’d love to be able to chair-ride with friends all the way around Lake Bray. With help from you and your friends, me and mine, we can make it happen. Want to know more? E-mail me at treble13@comcast.net.

Geology

Geolo011geologygically, the Mount Tom Range came about by our valley sinking and spreading to the east as the underlaying tectonic plate tilted upwards to the west, sinking to the east.  Glacial grinding exposed the basalt layer seen today and melting ice left deposits of granite and quartz from places far north.  Further erosion and sedimentation from more recent Lake Hitchcock, helped shape lower elevations and much of our valley.  The New England National Scenic Trail follows the west edge of the upheaval that created the Mt. Tom ridge-line, affording excellent views of hills to the north and west.  Glacial erratics and a mixture of forest and wetland habitats can be seen throughout the Mt. Tom Range, filling a day with surprises for the curious as well as for serious professional and student studies.