Every year between the end of September and early October, Massachusetts brings new meaning to the beauty of autumn. People plan their visits to the Bay State in the fall specifically because when it comes to leaf peeping Massachusetts is one of the best places to be. Pair the splendor of the explosion of color in nature with the right weed, and you’re truly in for an unforgettable experience. Take a look at where to find the best leaf peeping in Massachusetts.
Where’s the Best Massachusetts Leaf Peeping?
1. October Mountain State Forest in Lee
Leaf peeping Massachusetts doesn’t get much better than October Mountain State Forest in Lee. The forest that surrounds the mountain covers over 17,000, which makes the forest the largest in MA. Part of the Appalachian trail leads through October Mountain, but there are many other striking trails to explore if you’re up for the hike. In the fall, the forest transforms into a sight to be remembered with the dense concentration of indigenous trees. Campsites are also available through October if you decide to spend the night.
2. Mt. Tom State Reservation in Holyoke
A true gem in the Holyoke area, Mt. Tom State Park is known for its wildlife and bird-watching opportunities in the summer. However, when autumn settles in, the area takes on a new ambiance all dressed in autumn colors. The reservation is densely forested and filled with hiking trails, but the truly stunning view is once you make it to the top and deer out over the valley from the Goat Peak Observation Deck.
3. Bash Bish Falls State Park in Mt. Washington
Bash Bish Falls State Park is located in the southwestern part of Mass and borders New York. The park itself offers a ton of scenic views, especially in the fall when the surrounding trees take on a spectrum of brilliant shades from flashy gold to deep burgundy. However, if you love waterfalls paired with autumn foliage, you’ll want to make the half-mile trek to Bash Bish Falls. The waterfall drops over 80 feet into an enchanting emerald pool, which contrasts fantastically with the surrounding colors.
4. Mt. Greylock State Reservation in Adams
Mt. Greylock is the highest mountain peak in the state at nearly 3,500 feet high. On a clear and crisp autumn day, a climb to the peak will yield you views as far as the eye can see, which is roughly 90 miles in any direction. There are a handful of awesome trails that will lead you through the forest and to the top of the mountain. However, if you prefer to stay tucked in your car, the scenic drives through the park are perfect for leaf peeping as well.
5. Natural Bridge State Park in North Adams
If you venture to Northern Mass and the North Adams area, a visit to the Natural Bridge State Park is always a must. However, Natural Bridge State Park in the fall is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The park boasts a natural arch made of white marble stone and stretches across the Hudson Brook, which slips offer a ledge to create an impressive waterfall. The natural stone formations are immersed in and surrounded by trees that transform into a spectacular scene just before the onset of winter. Therefore, you could easily pick a spot on one of the bridges or walkways and ponder life for a while.
Staying Safe While Smoking Weed & Leaf Peeping in MA
While smoking weed and heading out to see the fall foliage is a good way to enhance the experience, be sure to stay safe and legal during the process. A few tips to remember:
- State law does not allow driving while under the influence of cannabis
- Public consumption is still illegal so be sure you only smoke in private
- Avoid carrying cannabis onto federally-owned land or across state lines
Lastly, be cautious about heading out into the great outdoors while under the influence. If you’re not thinking clearly, it’s easy to lose sight of your trail or get into a risky situation. It’s always a good idea to bring along a sober friend or two if you’re planning a hike to check out the foliage after smoking.
Enhance Your MA Leaf-Peeping Adventure at Canna Provisions
When you’re making plans to explore MA in the fall, be sure to make Canna Provisions your first stop. Our dispensaries in Lee and Holyoke are known for offering the best strains in MA, as well as one of the largest collections of edibles, vapes, concentrates, and more.