HOLYOKE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - Only a ten minute drive from downtown Holyoke, Little Tom Reservation lies within one of the state's most ecologically significant landscapes: the Mt. Tom Range. We took a hike up the mountain with Josh Knox from the Trustees of Reservations.
About Little Tom Mountain:
Little Tom's intimate forests and open fields are part of 2,500 acres of contiguous, conserved open space that protect rare species and community types and provide opportunities for outdoor fun, learning, and exploration for all.
The Range is a cherished part of the landscape and life in the Connecticut River Valley. It has an extraordinary history; from its geological beginnings in the continental rifting that created the ancestral Connecticut Valley 200 million years ago, to its use in modern times as a tourist destination with its mountain houses, street railway, and amusement park. An ecological gem, it supports one of the most notable concentrations of rare species and natural communities in the state, specifically reptiles and amphibians.