October Mountain SF

Tips for Birding

When submitting eBird observations at October Mountain State Forest, it is most helpful to start a new checklist for each hotspot in the state forest. Use the general hotspot when you have a checklist that includes multiple locations or if no other hotspot or personal location is appropriate for your sightings.

Birding the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts

About October Mountain State Forest

See all hotspots at October Mountain State Forest

At 16,500 acres, October Mountain is the largest state forest in Massachusetts. You’ll find trails for any level of hiking experience, and you can also visit nearby Tanglewood, a popular music venue and home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Notable Trails

Check out the Gorge Trail, which leads past the picturesque Shermerhorn Gorge. There are several Suggested Hikes from the October Mountain State Park webpage.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Roadside viewing

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from October Mountain State Forest Official Website

Last updated November 24, 2023

October Mountain State Forest Map
Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation