Peru State Forest offers 2750.3 acres of hiking trails, scenic vistas, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing, birdwatching and quiet enjoyment of our Western Massachusetts Berkshires landscape. It is located in the towns of Middlefield, Peru, Worthington.
Lace up your boots and explore the amazing natural and cultural wonders atop Garnet Peak in Peru State Forest as we discover a special place perched along the rugged Berkshire Highlands Plateau. This strenuous 5-mile hike will follow unimproved woods roads and old foot trails featuring scenic vistas and a WWII airplane crash site.
Please wear sturdy waterproof hiking shoes, bring trekking poles, water and a lunch. Rain cancels.
Meeting directions: From the east, take Route 112 Huntington, then follow Chester Hill Road and Main Road (Skyline Trail) west to Middlefield town center and continue west 4.0 miles to parking area on the right. From the west, take Route 8 in Hinsdale to the Middlefield-Skyline Road and follow east 3.0 miles to parking area on the right (.2 miles past South Road Ext.).
For more information or to register for the hike call (413) 499-9935.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation is proposing several logging plans in our area, including in Peru State Forest. The comment deadline is April 2, 2017 at 5:00pm.
The plan can be found in the link below. The Peru State Forest proposal is named "Garnet Hill Lot". This area includes Garnet Peak and the historical plane crash site. The plan is to clear cut 58 acres of red pine plantation, 3 acres of norway spruce plantation, and cut up to 88 % of a 205 acre northern hardwood stand. This area of Peru State Forest has not been logged in 80 years. To make comments, follow the directions on the DCR website. Or you can send your comments, even as short as one sentence, to our e-mail address (below)with your name and address, and we will format a letter for you and send it along. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/conservation/forestry-and-fire-control/proposed-forest-management-projects.html
Garnet Hill Proposal:
Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments for the proposals may be sent via email to Timber.Comments@state.ma.us