About NeVar


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.

Viewing Towers

Visitor Ctr Tower, cropped

Overlooking Westhampton and beyond is the Visitor Center Tower. A second tower is to the north on Goat Peak. Both are ideal for watching hawks and other migrating birds, where thousands ride updrafts along the ridge in September. Access is via the parking area rear of the Visitor Center. Reach Goat Peak by way of the New England National Scenic Trail ( NET ). Near the Visitor Tower sits a memorial stone and plaque to Roy Goodreau, deceased Department of Conservation and Recreation employee whose commitment to the reservation is much appreciated.