CCC Camp and Camp Eagle at October Mountain State Forest
On the Felton Trail near the pond is one of four CCC camps 1933-40 later used as Boy Scout Camp Eagle (see original photo). Buildings here are a grand mess hall and kitchen with chimney, plus two other camp buildings both with standing chimneys! There’s a cache in one too..
At the top of the Gorge Trail is a CCC built 1933 stone arch bridge, you can see the timber framing impressions used to build this arch, which perfectly frames Felton Brook coming out of the earthen dam that holds Felton Pond.
flashhike at Schermerhorn Gorge, located in Lenox at October Mountain State Forest, trailhead on Woodland Road across from Woods Pond. This trail is just under 3 miles up the the gorge and back down the other side. Trail is very steep with stone steps. The history of CCC here during the great depression is still evident as this area was the main attraction. This gorge was a favoite Berkshire picnic spot with several firepits and picnic areas built, there were also three bridges across Felton Brook here. The original Schermerhorn Drive ran adjacent to the trail (washed out) present day paved on the other side, at the top of the falls you come to Felton Pond once called Schermerhorn Pond. Big Foot sightings here have been common! The enormous hemlock and Hardwood here are amazing! An old saw mill still stands here today near the top. This trail intersects with the Switchback Trail and Felton Trail at the top. October Mountain State Forest is the largest in the State.
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