Beartown State Forest RV & Campground Guide

Massachusetts

Set in the picturesque Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, Beartown State Forest is a 12,000-acre preserve filled with rich forests of hardwoods and taiga, grassy knolls with colorful wildflowers, and the 35-acre Benedict Pond teeming with fish and waterfowl. Beartown State Forest was established in 1921 when the state purchased the lands, although many of its buildings and roads were later built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a Depression-era program that put young men to work on civilian projects across the country in the 1930s. 

As the name implies, there are many black bears that call Beartown State Forest home, as well as elk, deer, bobcats, and other wildlife. Visitors might catch a glimpse of these creatures as they hike or bike through the forest’s extensive trail network, which wind through babbling brooks, towering trees, and rolling hills, offering many scenic overlooks along the way. During the summer, visitors are attracted to Benedict Pond for its plentiful opportunities to swim, fish, and boat on its placid waters. During the winter, the forest transforms into a winter wonderland, ideal for cross-country skiing and other winter sports.

No matter the season, Beartown State Forest is filled with breathtaking mountain scenery, peaceful lakeside views, and plentiful outdoor activities. Read further for what to do in and around Beartown State Forest if you decide to head here for your next adventure.

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Weather
Spring 35-55 F
Summer 53-78 F
Fall 35-59 F
Winter 13-33 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Beartown State Forest

State parks are perfect for escaping the busyness of life and enjoying the beauty of nature — and Beartown State Forest is no exception. If you’re planning a trip to the area, don’t rough it in a tent or stay far away in a hotel — stay near the park by traveling in an RV. RVing is a convenient way to experience all Beartown State Forest has to offer, plus you can travel at your own pace without giving up amenities like A/C and full-size beds. 

RVshare makes it easy to rent an RV near your home or travel destination. Close to Beartown, you can find RVs in Pittsfield and Albany and stay in RV campgrounds including:

Prospect Lake Park

A short drive from Beartown, this campground offers 125 sites along the forested shores of Prospect Lake. With waterfront views, full hookups, and plenty of recreational games and activities, this campground is the perfect retreat after a long day exploring Beartown State Forest. Rates are $36-40 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: N/A
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Showers, laundromat, picnic tables, fire rings, yard games, sport courts, waterslide, beaches, swimming, fishing, kayaking, boat rentals, camp store

Laurel Ridge Campground

Thirty minutes east of Beartown, this campground has spacious RV campsites surrounded by grassy fields and tall oak trees. Enjoy peace and quiet, cool off in the swimming pool, or partake in weekend festivities like bingo and craft nights. Rates are $42 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wifi: No
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Showers, bathhouse, playground, basketball court, horseshoes, swimming pool, fire rings, picnic tables, dumping station

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What to Do at
Beartown State Forest

Inside Beartown State Forest

Beartown State Forest’s location in the Berkshires is ideal for visitors who want to beat the heat by splashing around Benedict Pond in the summer or play in the snow-covered wilderness during the winter. With hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife watching also available year-round, Beartown State Forest is a haven for nature lovers no matter the season.

Hiking and Biking - An extensive trail network weaves through Beartown State Forest, making hiking and biking popular activities year-round. Walk along the 1.5-mile Benedict Pond Loop Trail for scenic views of the pond or hike part of the Appalachian Trail that passes through pockets of forests and brush in Beartown. Many animals live in the area, including bears, deer, and foxes, making it prime for wildlife watching.

Water Sports - When temperatures start to soar, Benedict Pond becomes a popular spot for visitors to cool off from the heat. Take a refreshing swim in the pond, fish from the pier for freshwater species like largemouth bass, perch, and sunfish, or launch your boat or kayak into the waters to explore the pond and surrounding areas. 

Outside Beartown State Forest

Whether summer or winter, people flock to the Berkshires to escape the city and enjoy the region’s beautiful scenery. Numerous trails criss-cross the region, as do large tracts of wilderness and parks. The Berkshires are also known for their vibrant art scene, notable theaters, and annual festivals. Nearby towns like Stockbridge and Great Barrington offer many dining, entertainment, and sightseeing options for those ready to explore outside Beartown State Forest.

Restaurants

Cantina 229

This farm-to-table restaurant serves New American cuisine in a rustic, charming setting. With first-rate hospitality and rotating menus of innovative dishes like tonnarelli carbonara, smoked beef tacos, and bibimbap, this delightful dining spot is a must visit in the Berkshires.

Type: New American

Location: New Marlborough, MA

Xicohtencatl Restaurant

This Mexican restaurant is known for its authentic cuisine, top notch mole, and delicious margaritas. Order dishes like carne asada, enchiladas rojas, and shiitake chipotle while sipping sangria on the patio and listening to live music on the weekends.

Type: Mexican

Location: Great Barrington, MA

Barrington Brewery & Restaurant

This restaurant-brewery combo serves solar-brewed beer and locally sourced grub in a friendly, relaxed environment. Choose from a wide selection of handcrafted beers and order tasty sandwiches, soups, and other entrees for an enjoyable afternoon or evening out on the town.

Type: American

Location: Great Barrington, MA

Chez Nous Bistro

This quaint bistro offers classic French cuisine and an extensive wine list in a warm, intimate setting. With mouth-watering dishes like pan-seared scallops and roasted New Zealand lamb filet, this place is perfect for anyone searching for a fine dining experience in the Berkshires.

Type: French

Location: Lee, MA

Sightseeing

Norman Rockwell Museum

This museum holds the world’s largest collection of artwork by Norman Rockwell, a famous American artist and Stockbridge resident. Browse exhibits of Rockwell’s illustrations and learn how his unique talents impacted American art, society, and popular culture. Admission is $20.

Location: Stockbridge, MA

Hancock Shaker Village

Established in 1791, this village turned museum recounts the history of the Shakers and their contributions to American culture. Tour the grounds and farmlands, including the distinctive Round Stone Barn, and meet the farm animals. Admission is $20 for adults, $8 for children.

Location: Hancock, MA

Berkshire Botanical Gardens

Among the oldest in the country, these gardens house over 3,000 plant species including many native to the Berkshires. Since opening in 1934, these gardens have delighted thousands of visitors annually and continued to grow thanks to generous benefactors. Admission is $15.

Location: Berkshire, MA

The Mount

The estate was once American author Edith Wharton’s country home and retreat in the Berkshires. Now a National Historic Landmark, visitors can tour the estate’s grounds and learn more about Wharton’s literary career. Admission is $20.

Location: Lenox, MA

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How to Get to
Beartown State Forest

Beartown State Forest is located in Monterey in western Massachusetts. 

From Interstate 90, take exit 2 and follow MA-Route 102 west for 4.7 miles to Stockbridge. Turn left and follow US-Route 7 south for 6.1 miles to Great Barrington. Turn left and follow MA-Route 23 east for 5.3 miles to Monterey. Turn left onto Blue Hill Road before passing the park’s headquarters on left and entering the park.

Address: 69 Blue Hill Rd, Monterey, MA 01245

Entering Beartown State Forest

Parking is $8 for MA residents and $15 for non-MA residents. The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

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