Hawley Massachusetts is a tiny town with a population of around 350 residents. The most special thing about Hawley: 40% of the town is occupied by The Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest (formerly called Hawley State Forest).
Hiking, fishing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing are what you can do here. Many of the forest’s roads, while unpaved, are maintained for vehicular traffic. Local mountain bikers love K.B. Memorial State Forest for the awesome singletrack trails. Be aware of hunters in season, and wear your orange.
Mountain bikers, like those seen here, ride even in January!
Leonard Bernstein is said to have composed sections of West Side Story at the Parker Farm in West Hawley. Children’s book author Eric Carle owns a home in Hawley.