As part of the Springfield, MA, area, Charlemont is a small town in the Berkshire Mountains. With only about 1,266 people, this small town really embodies the mountain life. Outdoor activities are key for this rustic area, especially whitewater rafting, camping, and hiking. If you’d like to spend some time in Charlemont, be sure to check out the local parks and ski resorts in the area. No matter the season, Charlemont has you covered with outdoor sports and family activities. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Mohawk Trail State Forest
Over 6,000 acres, Mohawk Trail State Forest offers camping from May to October. For those interested, there are both campsites and cabins available for camping. Onsite restrooms and picnic areas can be found throughout the park. For those interested in a day trip, picnic tables, grills, and pavilions are available for use. When you’re ready to get active, consider one of the hiking trails found throughout the park. Rivers and streams in the area provide ample trout fishing, swimming, and canoeing opportunities. Be sure to enjoy the hikes while taking in the scenic surroundings and wildlife.
Cold River Road, Charlemont, MA 01339, Phone: 413-339-5504
2.Berkshire East Mountain Resort
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When you’re looking for a quick – or lengthy – getaway, the Berkshire East Mountain Resort offers many awesome opportunities for outdoor activities in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. This full resort not only offers lodging but also activities no matter the weather. In the winter months, enjoy snow tubing, skiing, and racing. In the warmer months, you can go white water rafting on the Deerfield River, check out the Aerial ropes course, zip lining, or the mountain coaster. The mountain coaster allows you to select your speed with on-cart hand breaks. This is perfect for adults and older kids who want to take on the adventure with a little one over the age of three.
66 Thunder Mountain Road, Charlemont, MA 01339, Phone: 413-339-6617
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3.Deerfield River, Charlemont, Massachusetts
Perhaps the most famous river in Charlemont, Deerfield River is the location for many tourists and locals looking to get some water activities going. This river is 76 miles long from Vermont through Massachusetts. Because of the dams in the surrounding area, this is a slower moving river that has perfect spots for swimming and fishing. Many visitors enjoy tubbing on the river, and whitewater kayaking in rougher areas. A visit to Charlemont would not be complete without spending a little time at Deerfield River, enjoying a picnic or the wildlife.
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4.Bissell Bridge, Charlemont, Massachusetts
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Bissell Bridge is a covered bridge that runs over Mill Brook. The slow-moving water beneath the bridge comes from a nearby waterfall. Though the bridge has been closed down for rehabilitation, this is not the original covered bridge that stood here. AS the first covered bridge in America during the 20th Century, this bridge is now part of the National Registry of Historic Places. Visitors to the area will want to see the former glory of the era of covered bridges. Walk through the bridge and gaze down into the waters through one of the open windows. While you’re here, consider the short trip to the Henry W. Bissell house.
39 N Heath Road, Charlemont, MA 01339
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5.Hail to the Sunrise/ Mohawk Park
No visit is complete to a town without seeing all of the sites and monuments of the area. The Hail to the Sunrise monument in Mohawk Park is one of these sites. This monument is dedicated to the Mohawk tribes of Massachusetts and New York as a reminder of the beautiful heritage and aid they provided during settlement. Visitors are greeted by an Indian chief with his arms raised high to the sky welcoming the sunrise. A reflecting pool that sits by is circled by stones from over 100 Native American tribes. Visitors can purchase a mini-monument to take home.
512 Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, MA 01339
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6.Charlemont Federated Church, Charlemont, MA
The Charlemont Federated Church of the United Church of Christ has been a part of the Charlemont community for years. While accepting people of all faiths, they spread the Word of Jesus Christ through preaching, prayer, and music. Services are held Sundays, and people from all over are welcome. Ministry outreach is huge for the church community, as they have adopted reciprocal visits to a small village in Nicaragua, a money-raising walk, and a senior outreach program. On top of this, church members are part of Habitat for Humanity and the Good Neighbors project.
175 Main Street, Charlemont, MA 01339, Phone: 413-339-4294
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7.Crab Apple Whitewater, Charlemont, Massachusetts
With locations across three states, Crab Apple Whitewater provides excellent training and experiences for whitewater rafting. Three generations have owned Crab Apple and have expanded their business from Maine through Vermont and into Massachusetts. The MA-branch is located on Deerfield River and offers three rafting options: Bridge Section Rafting, Funyaks, and Family Raft Trip. At eight miles long, the half-day family raft trip is best for those with children or who are less experienced. No matter your experience level, there is no need to worry, Crab Apple provides all equipment and training.
2056 Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, MA 01339, Phone: 800-553-7238
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8.Zoar Outdoor/Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours
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A trip to the Berkshires is truly about enjoying the outdoors, no matter the season. With Zoar Outdoor/Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours, guests have the chance to try their hand at several activities they may not get to at home. While lodging is available on site, it’s the activities that will really get your blood pumping. Consider whitewater rafting on Deerfield River or try a slower paced water sport, like paddle boarding. If you want to stay dry, try your hand at the Canopy Tour, which is a 3-hour treetop adventure that includes 11 zip lines and three rappels.
7 Main Street, Charlemont, MA 01339, Phone: 800-532-7483
8 Best Things to Do in Charlemont, Massachusetts
- Mohawk Trail State Forest, Photo: Nigar/stock.adobe.com
- Berkshire East Mountain Resort, Photo: Berkshire East Mountain Resort
- Deerfield River, Charlemont, Massachusetts, Photo: jpeacockcad/stock.adobe.com
- Bissell Bridge, Charlemont, Massachusetts, Photo: Vibe Images/stock.adobe.com
- Hail to the Sunrise/ Mohawk Park, Photo: Nattapol_Sritongcom/stock.adobe.com
- Charlemont Federated Church, Charlemont, MA, Photo: bettysphotos/stock.adobe.com
- Crab Apple Whitewater, Charlemont, Massachusetts, Photo: PPstock/stock.adobe.com
- Zoar Outdoor/Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours, Photo: Erica Smit/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Nigar/stock.adobe.com
More Ideas in MA: Bunker Hill Monument
Piercing the sky in Charlestown, Massachusetts, the Bunker Hill Monument is as grand as the history it commemorates. It stands atop the site where the first skirmish took place between the American Patriots and the British forces during the American Revolutionary War. The 221-foot-tall obelisk is an extremely impressive memorial. The monument is one of the sites featured along the Freedom Trail and is part of Boston National Historical Park.
It was built between 1825 and 1843 and was an incredible feat of engineering and persistence. The granite was sourced and transferred to the site from nearby Quincy via a purpose-built granite railway; it then took a short journey by barge before reaching the site itself. In 2007, the monument endured renovation works that cost around £3.7 million and included new lighting, restricted mobility access, improvements, and repairs. In June of the same year, the Bunker Hill Museum across the road was dedicated and now includes many exhibits and historical texts relating to the battle. There is no charge levied for admission to either site.
It was 50 years after the battle when the Marquis De Lafayette set the cornerstone that would later become the Bunker Hill Monument, a tribute in memory of the many soldiers whose blood was spilt on either side on that fateful day. It was an ambitious project that took over 17 years to complete, but it can also proudly claim to be one of the first true American monuments. The site, also known as Breed’s Hill, marks the spot where provincial forces built an earthen fort, or redoubt, before the battle. It was here where they would have made their final stand and it is the focal point of the battle’s memorial.
Before the Bunker Hill Monument, there stood a wooden pillar measuring 18 feet and topped with a gilt urn. This monument was erected by the King Solomon’s Lodge of Masons in 1794 and was dedicated to the honor of Dr. Joseph Warren, fallen patriot and freemason. In 1823, citizens across the country came together under the name of the Bunker Hill Monument Association with the aim of building a more significant and permanent monument to the fallen. The construction was not an easy process and the association twice ran short of funding, having to halt progress altogether. They held fundraisers and sold off parts of the surrounding land for housing in order to pay for the project. After completion, they decided to also build a statue of Dr. Joseph Warren in honor of the original monument and in dedication to the sacrifice he gave in the battle.
Whether you’re travelling to Massachusetts for other business or passing through on the Freedom Trail, this stunning memorial is an important piece of American history. The sacrifice of the patriots who died here fighting for freedom is the blood that fed into the beating heart of what is now known as the United States of America.
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