About NeVar

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In the future this website's mascot and spokes-raven, NeVar, will tell stories about the Mt. Tom Range, particularly the Mt. Tom Area.

Ravens have been followers of our kind longer than recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To Indigenous Americans ravens are revered noble spirits: intelligent, adaptable, sociable.

And so the common raven was chosen to tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke, Massachusetts, should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Rte. 141 Reservation Entrance

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Entering the Route 141 gate to Mt. Tom State Reservation, a stone structure built moons ago, brings you to Christopher Clark Road.  In route to the overview on Nonotuck Point, at the far reaches of the reservations, you will pass other scenic views including that of Mount Greylock to the west as well as the Ox Bow of the Connecticut River and UMASS/Amherst to the north.

Currently your hiking adventure cannot begin shortly after passing the check-in station, as the Fire Road Trail, a mile-pluse path leading to the Visitor Center and nearby viewing tower and trails is closed because of a microburst.

On October 8, 2014 a ten minute microburst on the Easthampton side of Mt. Tom leveled  large oak and pine trees, burying the Fire Road Trail.  So dangerous and costly is the effort to clean up the trail, little has been done to reopen the trail.

Click the Points of Interest page to your right for a map of trails throughout the reservation, including the New England National Scenic Trail ( NET ).