Catamount State Forest


The main body of the Catamount Forest lies in the southwest comer of the town of Colrain with a small part of it extending into Charlemont. It is located one-half mile north of Route #2, one mile west of the junction of Route #2 and #112. The best access is via Four Mile Square Road from this point.


The Catamount State Forest consisting of 1,125 acres was acquired in 1966 from Western Massachusetts Electric Company in exchange for a section of the Farley Tract in the Erving State Forest.


Fishing - There is excellent warm water fishing provided by a 47 acre take. Streams in the immediate vicinity are stocked by the Division of Fisheries and Game and provide excellent trout fishing.

Hunting - Hunting for all species of small game is good. There is excellent deer and bobcat hunting this forest.

Hiking - The many miles of maintained trails provide excellent hiking.

Riding - The many miles of roads and trails make this an ideal area for horseback riding.

Winter sports - The location of this area and the annual heavy snowfall make this area very good for snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Points of Interest

The old Schoolhouse in the middle of this area is the first schoolhouse in the United States to have the American flag flown over it.

The wild animal dens in this forest are some of the best in New England.

Of special interest to many visitors are the glacial potholes in Shelburne.

The Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls is a nationally known attraction.

The Yankee Atomic Plant in Rowe, Massachusetts attracts thousands of visitors.

Other tourist attractions such as; Thunder Mountain Ski Area, Old Deerfield Village, The Hoosic Tunnel, The Harold O. Cook Forest and numerous sugarhouses make this area an excellent place to visit.