The rolling hills and mountain streams of Windsor State Forest create a scenic outdoor experience. It’s 6 miles north east of downtown Windsor, MA at 838 River Road in the Berkshire highlands.
Deep within gently sloping hills is the attraction of Windsor Jams cascading waterfall. Windsor Jams Brook plunges through a 25-foot wide gorge. Eighty-foot high granite walls rise above making it a scenic wonder.
A 100 foot sandy swimming beach is along Westfield River’s north branch with 50 picnic sites, tables and grills in a wooded area. The forest welcomes fishermen with stocked brook, brown and rainbow trout. The forest is open to hunters in season.
The forests 10 miles of trails and old dirt roads are favorites of hikers with specific trails designated for mountain biking. Trails can be used for cross country skiing and snowmobiling during winter. Equestrian riders are provided with designated trails.
Camping season is May to Labor Day, on a First-Come, First-Served Basis. Twenty-four designated sites provide camping with limited service (No flush toilets or showers). Camping is permitted only at assigned sites and wilderness camping is prohibited. Wheelchair Accessible Sites are available.
Windigo Farm National Historic Site is a decaying farmhouse and outbuildings special to history enthusiasts. The farmhouse dating to 1790 was on John Decelles’ 75-acre farm. The farm became Camp Windigo in 1942 due to efforts of two Smith College professors. The summer camp welcomed 30 children in July and August each year. It operated until deeded to the state in the 1980’s becoming part of Windsor State Forest.
The camp was the source of many warm childhood experiences, but was allegedly the site of tragedy. There is a rumor of ghosts lingering in the ruins, allegedly due to multiple deaths. Numerous investigations have uncovered a lack of any evidence to support a tragedy occurring on the farm.
Windsor MA is a town of 875 population. The town is on a plateau in Berkshire Hills near the source of Westfield River. It is 12 miles northeast of Pittsfield, 45 miles northwest of Springfield and 120 miles northwest of Boston. It was first settled in 1767 and named after Windsor Connecticut.
Savoy Mountain State Forest is 7.5 miles north of Windsor State Forest. This beautiful remote state forest has four ponds, 7 hills and mountain summits.
Windsor State Forest is a 4 ½ hour drive of 280 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 Thruway east past Albany into Massachusetts. Exit onto route 7 after the state border driving north to Pittsfield. Then drive route 9 to West Cummington, then left on West Main Street, left on River Road following signs to Windsor State Forest.
Here’s a park of scenic beauty with camping, hiking including a National Historic Site for exploration. What more can one desire?