Attractions Surrounding the Moses Scout Reservation

The Horace A. Moses Scout Reservation is ideally situated to serve as an affordable place to stay overnight when visiting attractions in western Massachusetts.

Here are a list of attractions that are within easy driving from the camp.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Springfield – 23 miles

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to more than three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Located on the picturesque banks of the Connecticut River, the new museum is a fitting shrine to the game Dr. Naismith invented more than a century ago.

International Volleyball Hall of Fame

Holyoke – 21 miles

The Volleyball Hall of Fame opened to the public on June 6, 1987. A two-day volleyball tournament was hosted by the Volleyball Hall of Fame to celebrate the grand opening.

A total of 130 men and women from 22 countries around the world have since been inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame. The international appeal of the sport explains a shift in the pool of inductees since 1998. Since that time, inductees have come from around the world and contribute to the honoring of the sport and its home in Holyoke.

Six Flags New England

Agawam – 18 miles

Six Flags New England has over 100 rides, shows, attractions and is home to New England’s largest water park, Hurricane Harbor. New in 2019, the park will launch CYBORG™ a new indoor spinning dark ride!

With a reason for every season, park goers will not want to miss out on New England’s largest haunt event Fright Fest, and New England’s largest holiday celebration, Holiday in the Park®.

Eastern States Exposition and The Big E

West Springfield – 16 miles

The Eastern States Exposition is the home of The Big E which runs mid-to-late September, the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the seventh largest fair in the nation. During the remainder of the year, the exposition hosts numerous weekend events like the Railroad Hobby Show, the Springfield RV, Camping and Outdoor Show, the Springfield Sportsmen’s Show and many, many more. The Storrowton Village museum and tavern are also located on the exposition grounds.

Mt. Tom State Reservation

Holyoke – 22 miles

Mount Tom features wonderful views of the Pioneer Valley in west-central Massachusetts. The area is also a great place to bird watch--especially for hawks.

Mt. Holyoke Range State Park

Amherst - 30 miles

The 3,000-acre Mount Holyoke Range State Park features a 7-mile mountain ridge line. The park also includes streams, wetlands, woods, and thickets. Visitors can explore more than 30 miles of blazed trails.

Chapel Ledges

Ashfield – 20 miles

Chapel Ledges is tucked away in the quiet hills of Ashfield, MA. This spectacular setting has strong roots to the climbing history in Western Mass and has evolved into one of the area’s premier beginner crags.

This southwest facing rock is boldly featured granite reminiscent of crags in the White Mountains or Yosemite. Slabs dominate the moderate climbing here; however, more difficult test pieces can be found on brief, overhanging sections of the walls. Additionally, some shorter walls yield moderate bouldering.

Mowhawk Trail Region

Charlemont – 36 miles

Blaze the Highway of History and discover the wonderful world of adventure waiting for you in the four-season vacation land along the Mohawk Trail.

Stretching from the Massachusetts-New York line to Millers Falls on the Connecticut River, is the actual 63-mile East-West highway. Reminiscent of early American life, the Mohawk Trail provides the traveler of today with well over 100 attractions; country inns, gift shops and public and private camping areas nestled amid the seasonal changing beauty of the Berkshire Hills and Connecticut Valley.

Maple Corner Farm

Granville – 12 miles

Maple Corner Farm is a working family farm that has been in continuous operation since 1812. Once a Beef and Dairy operation, the farm now produces hay, pure maple syrup and maple products as well as pick your own blueberries.

During the winter months we have cross country skiing and snowshoeing. There are 20 kilometers of groomed trails classic and skate skiing over a variety of terrain. There are separate trails for snowshoeing. Ski equipment and snowshoe rentals are available for children through adult.

In mid-February through mid-April, the Maple Sugar House is open to visitors. You can watch maple sap being boiled into maple syrup.

Yankee Candle

Deerfield – 25 miles

Yankee Candle has become the most recognized name in the candle business and the country’s best-selling candle brand. Today, we offer over 150 fragrances, a wide range of seasonal and specialty scented candles, home fragrance products, car air fresheners and candle accessories.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Stockbridge – 32 miles

Founded in 1969 with the help of Norman and Molly Rockwell, Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of Rockwell’s work and his contributions to society, popular culture, and social commentary. The Museum, which is accredited by the American Association of Museums, is the most popular year-round cultural attraction in the Berkshires.

The Museum houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell’s work, including 998 original paintings and drawings. Rockwell lived in Stockbridge for the last 25 years of his life. Rockwell’s Stockbridge studio, moved to the Museum site, is open to the public from May through October, and features original art materials, his library, furnishings, and personal items. The Museum also houses the Norman Rockwell Archives, a collection of more than 100,000 items, including working photographs, letters, personal calendars, fan mail, and business documents.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield – 23 miles

For nearly two centuries, the US Armed Forces and American industry looked to Springfield Armory for innovative engineering and superior firearms. Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates the critical role of the nation’s first armory by preserving and interpreting the world's largest historic US military small arms collection, along with historic archives, buildings, and landscapes.

Springfield Museums

Springfield – 23 miles

Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the Springfield Museums offer access to five world-class museums, all under a single admission. The museums are the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, the newest museum on the Quad, is devoted to Springfield native Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss! The first-floor features family friendly, interactive exhibits exploring Dr. Seuss’s Springfield roots and providing opportunities to experiment with new sounds and vocabulary, play rhyming games, and invent stories–all in line with Geisel’s revolutionary role in changing how we learn to read. The second floor, curated by Geisel’s two step daughters and great nephew, recreates Geisel’s studio and living room (with the furniture and art materials he actually used) and features never before publicly displayed art, family photographs and letters, and the original Geisel Grove sign which used to hang in Forest Park.  You can even find Theophrastus, the toy stuffed dog Ted Geisel’s mother gave to him when he was a boy in Springfield.

Lupa Zoo

Ludlow – 26 miles

Lupa Zoo is a 20-acre conservation and education institution demonstrating the value, beauty and interdependence of all living things.

Magic Wings

Deerfield – 35 miles

The Lepidoptera source in Western Massachusetts, featuring an 8,000-square foot indoor conservatory home to nearly 4,000 exotic and domestic butterflies in a tropical environment, Magic Wings focuses on butterfly-related education, recreation, entertainment and gardening needs.

New England Falconry

Hadley – 25 miles

New England Falconry is located on open meadows and forestland in beautiful Western Massachusetts. Federal and State permits allow us to provide you with the extraordinary opportunity to handle and free-fly a trained hawk. 

You will experience the ancient art of falconry while learning about the life history of raptors, their role in the environment, and the efforts underway to ensure their survival and conservation.

Columbia Greenway Rail Trail

Westfield – 13 miles

This multi-use rail trail is a phased project that connects the south end to the Southwick Rail Trail and extends north, currently to Main Street in downtown Westfield. Future phases will ultimately connect this trail to Women's Temperance Park, just north of the Westfield River. Project primarily converts pre-existing railroad to a newly constructed ten-foot wide multi-use trail elevated throughout the downtown Westfield area, one of the first and only of its kind in the United States.

Southwick Rail Trail

Southwick – 13 miles

The Southwick Rail Trail extends 6-plus miles from the Massachusetts–Connecticut state line north to the Westfield town line and connects to the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail. Along the way, it travels through swamps and farmland, and passes several golf courses.

At the Connecticut state line, you can see the remains of the New Haven to Northampton Canal, from which the rail-trail got its name. From this southern end at the border, you can continue riding south on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.

Berkshire East Mountain Resort

Charlemont – 36 miles

Located in the Western Massachusetts town of Charlemont, Berkshire East Mountain Resort is Southern New England’s year-round outdoor adventure destination. Featuring great skiing, riding, snow tubing, mountain biking, two aerial adventure parks, zip lining, whitewater rafting, weddings, group events and North America’s longest mountain coaster!

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

Hancock – 44 miles

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England, summer home to Mountain Adventure Park and the only mountain resort in North America to generate its own energy using alternative wind power. Jiminy features extensive conference and wedding facilities for groups up to 400 people. Since opening in 1948 Jiminy Peak has evolved to become a 4-season resort, offering something for everyone.

Otis Ridge

Otis – 13 miles

This downhill ski area has been in operation since 1946.

Ski Butternut

Great Barrington – 28 miles

Where Families Go to Play in the Snow!

CrabApple Whitewater, Inc.

Charlemont – 36 miles

In the northern Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, Crab Apple Whitewater is pleased to bring you five different Massachusetts white water rafting adventures. Our Massachusetts River rafting trips range from mild to WILD, full or half-day in rafts and inflatable kayaks. From beginners to more experienced rafters, our family will enjoy taking your family, group or organization down these beautiful rivers. Our beautiful base camp is located on the banks of the Deerfield River along the Mohawk Trail in Charlemont. Come see us this season!

Zoar Outdoor

Charlemont – 36 miles

Since 1989, Zoar Outdoor has offered the best in New England white water rafting trips, kayaking clinics, zip line canopy tours, canoeing instruction, rock climbing classes and kayak rentals for adventurers of all abilities, from beginners to experts. Based out of our convenient location in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, Zoar Outdoor river trips, zip line canopy tours and instructional clinics are only 2 hours from Boston and Hartford and just 3 hours from Providence and New York City.