The Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts meanders through some of New England's most spectacular countryside. This famous trail had been used for centuries as a Native-American footpath and later by settlers, and is abundant in historic sites, folklore, and excellent four-wheeling opportunities. During the fall, the hills surrounding the area turn to beautiful and brilliant shades of red, orange, gold, and yellow. The turning of the leaves marks the coming of cool weather, the encroachment of winter, and the Mohawk Trail Jeep Jamboree.
Running through the Berkshire Hills, the trail starts around the quaint town of Charlemont on the Deerfield River. The area offers four-wheeling opportunities that excite the senses. The trails twist their way in and out of the spectacular forest. One such trail, perhaps one of the most challenging in the area, is the famous Florida Road. Jeep Jamboree USA has been holding the Mohawk Trail Jamboree for 15 years now; this is perhaps one of its most popular events and quickly sells out each year, with Jeepers traveling from across the country to attend.
As with all Jeep Jamborees, the Mohawk event is very well organized, and at every Jamboree we've attended there, a universal friendliness rests among the participants. Headquarters for the Mohawk Jamboree were located in the historic Charlemont Inn, where topnotch breakfast and dinner buffets were served before and after the trail runs.
Everyone seemed to have a great time out on the trail, and ratings for this Jamboree ranged from four to eight. These ratings offered participants at every skill level the opportunity to comfortably 'wheel, and push the 'wheeling limits. The weather for the 2003 Jamboree was intermittently cold and rainy, making trail conditions a bit more challenging. In all, 115 Jeeps, 192 adults, and 19 children from 16 different states participated in the event.
For more information on Jeep Jamboree events, contact: Jeep Jamboree USA, (530) 333-4777, www.jeepjamboree usa.com.