My friends and I did this as an overnight hike, just so we could take our time getting there and enjoy the summit. It's a pretty short hike from the parking area up to the site. I'd guess under two miles, which parts can get quite steep. We brought our dogs as well.
All the sites were lined up down a pretty straight road, on both sides of the road. You can evidently drive up there too but what fun is that? The bathrooms were huge, and had a water pump outside of them or near by. Every site had a picnic table as well which is nice. Lots of trees so we could easily put tarps up over our tent and table. There is a trail at the far end of the camp area, leading to the summit we took after setting up our base.
I loved the trail going up from the camp area, lots of cool picture perfect areas. Nice variety of terrain. The dogs loved it. There were a few spots we had to cross the road where people drive up to the summit. Once we got up there it was more commercial than expected, but cool none the less. You still feel a sense of accomplishment at having hiked up. On the plus s side, there is a small restaurant. If it's rainy or you don't feel like camp cooking have at it!
Views at the top are of course breathtaking for the nature lovers (like us) out there! A bit crowded for my liking but hey, it's crowded because it's awesome. The hike back down to our site seemed to take no time at all. We refilled our water bottles from their hand water pumps (can be a workout!). Abundance of camp wood was already sitting at our site, not sure if that is normal or someone else was cool and left it. We had a great evening, and hiked out in the morning after breakfast. Overnight, we heard owls! All the camp areas looked nice, room for tents and hammocks. Hope to go again before I'm too old to carry all the gear LOL.
This campground is a less than five minute drive to the visitors station at the base of Mt. Greylock. The sites were roomy and we had water and electrical hookups. The bathrooms were clean and in good repair. The rec room had some nicely maintained games (pool table, ping pong, air hockey, and more). The caretakers were very friendly and helpful. It was a very quiet campground during the week. However, I have it only 4 stars because when Friday came and the weekend campers arrived, it got loud and rowdy. There was loud music playing and kids who invaded all the sites around them instead of using the big field meant for games such as frisbee and catch.
Also site of the wizarding school. Tougher hike than you'd expect. Always disappointing to see cars at the top. Get there by 4 and have a summit beer at the lodge.
The hike in was a fairly easy 1.3 to the csmpground. The sites were huge and spread out. Although we could kind of see our neighbors if we tried, we were far enough away that we weren't looking at them all weekend. SO PEACEFUL! Uou will hear the bard owls call at night and not much else. Sites 11, 8, and 9 are pretty set back and private.
- The rangers deliver wood to your site
- The bear lockers are roomy and clean and could double as storage to keep items out of the rain (highly recommend reviewing being "bear aware" as we had a sighting in our neighboring site and not all other campers are bear smart and left food/trash out even though rangers gave reminders).
- The composting toilets were so spacious and clean you could sleep on the floor in an emergency!
- Each site has a fire ring and a picnic table.
There are plenty of options for hiking including two nearby falls, a section of the AT, and of course the summit. The summit lodge offers breakfast & lunch. Although abut pricey, the large fire place, friendly hiker conversations, and a warm cup of coffee brightened our rainy day. They also do dinner by reservation. The summit is accessible by hiking or car. They have educational and entertainment programs scheduled throughout the weekend.
Went and did some hiking in early October for a birthday trip. The staff at the visitors center were very informative and were able to point us in the right direction for overnight parking and somewhat shorter hikes to shelters. The views along the drive and the hikes were amazing. The shelter was in great condition and had bear box/shelters to store your items. Once we reached the summit the next day, we were able to watch hang gliders take off which was awesome. The whole area is great.
the campground was very well maintained, the rangers were friendly and incredibly helpful, and the sites were spacious and private. I appreciate the option of having a hike in campground and being able to hit the trails straight from our site.
My fiance and I hiked in late at about 9p in total darkness. It was about 1/2 a mile up to the split and then another 1/2 mile down to the shelter. Signage was good and easy to notice even at night. We arrived at the shelter and there were some campers we greeted and then we pitched a tent nearby (vincinity camping allowed). We fell asleep to the gentle sounds of the stream and woke up around daybreak surrounded by a loght mist and beautiful early fall foliage. Highly recommend this site, wish we had stayed longer!
Stayed here with a friend a couple of years ago and we had an awesome time. The site was clean, dry, and a nice walk off the main trail. The staff was friendly as well. We hikes around during the days and saw some spectacular views. The hike up to the summit wasn't too far from the camp sites, probably took us about a half hour at a brisk pace. Great place to check out!!
This park has fantastic trails with varying degrees of difficulty and good accommodations for backpacking. Stony Ledge is the best view in the park - don't miss that. The Deer Hill backpacking area was more primitive than the Sperry Road walk-in campground but both were still quite secluded. The lodge at the summit of Greylock is worth checking out. Next time we'll spend more time in The Hopper - other hikers we talked to said that's the best part of the park