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

How might the former quarry be utilized

There was a proposal to fill the quarry with clean fill over a 10 or more year period, allowing it to revegetate and become a part of the surrounding landscape.  The motive to fill was both one of profit and safety.  The downside of an ongoing filling operation would likely delay for many years opportunities for the Department of Conservation and Recreation to develop the former ski area property for recreational use compatible to Mt. Tom.020quarry

The battle to stop expansion and close of the nine acre basalt quarry  –that could have resulted in 91 acres being carved out of the face of Mt. Tom– took many determined people from Holyoke and beyond. Their efforts said much about who we are and what we value.  The above photograph dates from the height of blasting and crushing operations.

Falcon chicks1Now that the quarry is closed, Peregrine Falcons have built nesting sites on ledges of the 125 foot high west wall.
Seasonal wetland areas have emerged that show signs of supporting aquatic life.
Images courtesy of friends of the Mt. Tom Range.