Ribbon Cutting at Renovated Mount Greylock Visitor Center

A ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Mount Greylock visitor center was Thursday, October 3.

The renovation project – which included developing an interpretive master plan for the reservation and installing new interpretive signage along the roads and at the trail heads – was funded through a federal grant for $860,000 and a state grant of $215,000. It has been in development since 2009.

The visitors center now is a polished, interpretive museum that entertains and educates through interactive displays, artifacts from the mountain’s past, and a 3-D topographical map of the region enhanced with interactive lighting.


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Private Events Boost Greylock’s Bascom Lodge

Bascom Lodge--Dining RoomA report say that attendance is down at Mount Greylock’s Bascom Lodge but that it made the most money in three years because of catering for weddings, corporate dinners, and private family gatherings


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Greatest Places to Visit Around Mount Greylock

If you have a lot of time on your hands around Greylock the 1,000 Greatest Places in Massachusetts has a few suggestions:

BTW, the Berkshire Eagle highly recommends Jack’s Hot Dog Stand
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Bascom Lodge Opens for Season on Mount Greylock

The Bascom Lodge on Mount Greylock has opened for the season Among the changes are that beer and wine will be served.

John Dudek, along with his brother Peter and associate Brad Parsons, were awarded the historic curatorship by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation last year. Instead of paying rent, they will be asked to regularly maintain and upgrade the one-of-a-kind facility, using a portion of the profits garnered by operating the mountaintop lodge and its eatery, throughout the 25-year lease.


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Is Chief Graylock’s face visible in a rock slide on Mount Greylock?

The Manchester Journal says that following a 1990 landslide the face of Chief Graylock can be seen on the eastern face of the mountain.

For years we have editorialized that the state and regional tourism officials have virtually ignored this massive impression of a Native American face, so clearly visible for miles around, when it should be heralded as an attraction rivaling or surpassing New Hampshire’s former “Old Man of the Mountain”…Some state officials have said they and others just don’t see the face in the landslide, which indicates either blindness or lack of imagination.

It offers this history of the Chief. Here’s the wikipedia article.
If you look hard enough maybe Greylock is a Redskins fan!


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Ghost of the Old Coot on Mount Greylock on Bellow’s Pipe Trail

We earlier reported that Massachusetts was considering changing its Greylock displays to possibly more thoroughly tell the tale of the ghost on Bellow’s Pipe Trail on Greylock. This report says the ghost is that of a Union soldier. When he returned home from the Civil War his wife had married another. He headed up the trail to live as a hermit. His ghost is now seen always going up the mountain — never down. Here’s another more detailed report saying that he is reported to have been photographed twice. He usually haunts the lower sections of the trail and is most often seen in January.


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Massachusetts DCR Considering Overhaul of Mount Greylock Exhibits

The Massachusetts DCR is looking to spend $1 million in federal money on Mount Greylock and are reviewing overhauling its exhibits. Intriguingly it says:

How the Civilian Conservation Corps forged roads to the summit? The American Indians who once lived around it? The legend of the Civil War ghost who haunts one of its dales? How about its unique geology and ecology?

The state has already spent $11 million fixing the roads to the mountain.


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Snow Forecast Tonight on 3,500 Foot High Mount Greylock

Just when you thought spring was in full bloom...they’re predicting snow on Mount Greylock.


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Greylock Thunderbolt Ski Race Back on After 50 Years


The Thunderbolt ski race down Mount Greylock is back on today after problems with not enough snow.

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Backcountry Accidents in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, and Utah

Here’s the May 13, 2006 round up of backcountry accidents Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, and Utah.
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