Welcome to Friends of Peru State Forest
Welcome to Friends of Peru State Forest

Welcome to Friends of Peru State Forest

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.

Peru State Forest Hike Saturday, April 28th, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm (Rain date: Sunday, April 29th)


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.


A Mountainside Remembrance: 75th Anniversary of the WWII plane crash on Garnet Peak

A Mountainside Remembrance: 75th Anniversary of the WWII plane crash on Garnet Peak
Join the Town of Peru, The Peru Historical Commission, and Friends of Peru State Forest on Tuesday August 15th for an on-site 75th anniversary remembrance of the WWII plane crash in Peru State Forest.  The plane crashed on August 15th, 1942. Sixteen brave young men lost their lives and the site is marked by a donated memorial.
The remembrance will be held on-site at the memorial in Peru State Forest starting at approximately 10 am. Attendees should meet at the Town of Peru parking lot promptly at 8:00 am. Busses will be available to transport groups from town hall to the intersection of Curtin Rd. Extension and Garnet Peak Rd. and back.
Most people should come prepared for a ~1 mile muddy hike to the site from the intersection. Individuals who are unable to hike will be accommodated with a motorized ride to the site (a one-day variance will grant access for motorized vehicles). Limited seating is available on site; bring a chair if you would like a seat;
Attendees can also meet at the bus drop-off intersection at 8:30 or at the memorial site at approximately 9:30. The event is expected to start by 10 am and last 30-45 minutes. Buses will transport attendees back to town hall.
For more information contact us at admin@friendsofperustateforest.org

Peru State Forest Logging Plan

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 admin@friendsofperustateforest.org

Comments for the proposals may be sent via email to Timber.Comments@state.ma.us

View From Garnet Peak
Garnet Hill is a 2,175 ft / 663 m mountain peak in Peru State Forest near Becket, Massachusetts, United States. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 38th highest mountain in Massachusetts and the 41627th highest mountain in the United States - See more
Red Tailed Hawk
Maidenhair Fern
Wood Frog



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