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Battle-Dorrance Memorial Forest

West Orange Road (Route 2A)
Orange, MA

Visitors can walk logging roads to view forest regeneration following a harvest of mature pine in 2003. More ...

Cross-country SkiingPet FriendlyHorseback RidingHikingHuntingMountain BikingFamily ActivitiesNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs

Bearsden Conservation AreaBearsden Conservation Area

Bearsden Road
Athol, MA
Trail Map

Miles of forested trails among steep hills, stone walls, & views of the Millers River - beautiful all year round. More ...

Cross-country SkiingPet FriendlySnowmobilingRoad BikingMountain BikingHuntingHikingFishingFamily ActivitiesNo ATVs/ORVs

Birch Hill DamBirch Hill Dam

68 Birch Hill Dam Road
Royalston, MA

An aesthetic and recreational gem, with over 50 miles of roads and trails among streams forests and fields. More...

Road BikingPet FriendlyMountain BikingHuntingHikingFishingFamily Activities

Brooks Woodland: Connor's Pond TractBrooks Woodland: Connor's Pond Tract

Quaker Drive
Petersham, MA

One- to two-mile loop trails lead visitors on gentle hikes through dense and more open woodlands. More ...

FishingPet FriendlyHikingHorseback RidingMountain BikingCross-country SkiingFamily Activities

Brooks Woodland: Roaring Brook TractBrooks Woodland: Roaring Brook Tract

East Street
Petersham, MA

Three miles of trails - loops through woodland and swamp, across Roaring Brook, and up, down and around a hill. More ...

Cross-country SkiingPet FriendlyMountain BikingHorseback RidingHikingFishingFamily Activities

Brooks Woodland: Swift River, Connor's Pond, & Roaring Brook TractsBrooks Woodland: Swift River, Connor's Pond, & Roaring Brook Tracts

Petersham, MA

Three tracts of extensive trails through mixed forest and mountain laurel, criss-crossed by stone walls and a rich Native American and colonial history. More ...

Cross-country SkiingPet FriendlyMountain BikingHorseback RidingHikingFishingFamily ActivitiesNo ATVs/ORVs

Chase Memorial Forest

South Royalston Road (Route 68)
Royalston, MA

A diverse land, now conserved for timber and wildlife habitat, its old road a link in a winter snowmobile trail. More ...

HuntingPet FriendlyHorseback RidingHikingMountain BikingSnowmobilingCross-country SkiingFamily ActivitiesNo ATVs/ORVs

Chestnut Hill TrailChestnut Hill Trail

Gidney Road
Orange, MA

A lovely 3.25-mile loop through woodlands that show the result of a responsibly planned timber harvest. More ...

Cross-country SkiingPet FriendlyMountain BikingHuntingHorseback RidingHikingFishingFamily ActivitiesNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs

Erving State Forest & Laurel Lake Recreation AreaErving State Forest & Laurel Lake Recreation Area

Laurel Lake Road
Erving, MA
978-544-3939, 978-544-7745

4,500 acres of unique habitats. Camp, boat, hike, bike, fish, or swim. Fee for beach access. More ...

Cross-country SkiingPet Friendly SwimmingMountain BikingMotor BoatingHuntingHikingHorseback RidingFishingCampingWheelchair AccessibleFamily ActivitiesKayaking/CanoeingNo ATVs/ORVs

Fittz Family Memorial ForestFittz Family Memorial Forest

Chestnut Hill Road
Orange, MA

A lovely destination in itself, but also a link in the North Pond Ridge Trail and the Chestnut Hill Trail system. More ...

Cross-country SkiingHorseback RidingHikingPet FriendlyMountain BikingFamily ActivitiesHuntingNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs

Harvard ForestHarvard Forest

324 North Main Street (Route 32)
Petersham, MA

The 3,000-acre Harvard Forest, mostly in Petersham, offers a wealth of recreational and educational possibilities, and is a designated Wildlife Viewing Area. Among the miles of trails are ¼-mile and 1½-mile interpretive loop trails (the latter with a side loop through a black gum swamp) and a hike up an old road to a fire tower on Prospect Hill with a magnificent view over the countryside. Established in 1907, Harvard Forest is primarily a world-renowned research center, conducting long-term ecological research and studies of all aspects of the forest—biology, soils, economics, history, and more—as well as collaborating with scientists from numerous other institutions and with educators throughout New England. It is also the home of the Fisher Museum and its dioramas exploring forest history. More ...

HikingHorseback RidingMountain BikingEducationalPet FriendlyCross-country SkiingFamily ActivitiesNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs

Hosmer WoodsHosmer Woods

West Main Street (Route 2A)
Orange, MA

Two parcels - Hosmer Woods and Webb Forest - dominated by wonderful stands of white pine. More ...

Cross-country SkiingMountain BikingHuntingHorseback RidingHikingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs

Mount Grace State ForestMount Grace State Forest

Winchester Road (Route 78)
Warwick, MA

Mount Grace is the high point of the North Quabbin, offering breathtaking views of other mountains, ridges, valleys, forests, and settlements. Firetower. M&M trail goes through this forest. More...

HikingPet FriendlyHorseback RidingHuntingMountain BikingCross-country SkiingFamily ActivitiesNo ATVs/ORVs

North Pond Ridge Trail

Chestnut Hill Road
Orange, MA

The 1½-mile North Pond Ridge Trail, blazed in yellow, begins in the Fittz Family Memorial Forest in Orange, descends to a stream, then climbs to and proceeds along North Pond Ridge. This ridge affords evidence of past hurricanes, bent trees serving as witness. About halfway along the trail is a short spur west that leads to a woodland bench and a gorgeous view of Chestnut Hill Ridge. Near the southern end of the ridge, the path connects with the white-blazed Bullard Farm Loop, another section of the Chestnut Hill Trail system. More...

Cross-country SkiingHorseback RidingHikingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesMountain BikingHuntingNo Snowmobiling

Northfield Mountain Environmental & Recreation CenterNorthfield Mountain Environmental & Recreation Center

99 Millers Falls Road
Northfield, MA
413-659-3714, 800-859-2960

Miles of hiking and cross-country trails, plus a rock climbing area. Visitor Center. Picnic tables by the Connecticut River and seasonal riverboat cruises. More...

Cross-country SkiingMountain BikingHikingFamily ActivitiesEducationalFamily Activities

Quabbin Reservoir Visitors Center

485 Ware Road
Belchertown, MA

Public information source for the Quabbin Reservoir, hike and bike trails, and views.

EducationalHikingMountain BikingFamily Activities

Rose LedgeRose Ledge

Poplar Mountain Road
Erving, MA
413-659-3714, 800-859-2960

A wonderful hiking or rock-climbing experience. More...

Mountain BikingHikingFamily Activities

Royalston FallsRoyalston Falls

Falls Road
Royalston, MA

Falls Brook carves natural sandstone bridges before plunging 45 feet into a granite basin. More ...

Cross-country SkiingMountain BikingHuntingHorseback RidingHikingFishingCampingPet FriendlyFamily Activities

Stevens Swamp & Indian CaveStevens Swamp & Indian Cave

Flagg Road
Warwick, MA

Trails through a mosaic of wetlands - ephemeral streams, open pond, red maple swamp, grassy marsh, peat moss bog - and the gateway to Indian Cave. More...

Cross-country SkiingSnowmobilingMountain BikingKayaking/CanoeingHuntingHorseback RidingHikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesNo Motor BoatsNo CampingNo ATVs/ORVs

Swift River Reservation: Davis TractSwift River Reservation: Davis Tract

Glen Valley Road
Petersham, MA

Two lovely hikes, one to the Swift River, one to a climb and a wonderful vista. More...

Cross-country SkiingMountain BikingHuntingHorseback RidingHikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily Activities

Swift River Reservation: Davis, Nichewaug & Slab  City TractsSwift River Reservation: Davis, Nichewaug & Slab City Tracts

Petersham, MA

A series of conserved lands with hiking trails featuring dense forest, river, wetland, meadow, and ledge habitats, plus spectacular views. More...

Cross-country SkiingMountain BikingHuntingHorseback RidingHikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesNo ATVs/ORVs

Swift River Reservation: Slab City Tract

Barre Road
Petersham, MA

The Slab City Tract offers a fascinating combination of field and forest, lowland river and highland vista, and connects with Harvard Forest land. More...

Pet FriendlyFishingHikingHorseback RidingHuntingMountain BikingCross-country SkiingNo ATVs/ORVs

Swift River Valley Historical SocietySwift River Valley Historical Society

40 Elm Street
New Salem, MA

In 1938, this vast area was home to four towns flooded as part of the Quabbin construction.  The Swift River Historical Society exists to preserve the legacies of these four towns: Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott. As residents in these towns were forced to leave behind their homes, farms, and businesses, the Historical Society aims to care for their former objects and reminiscences. The organization also provides a glimpse at life in the Swift River Valley prior to the events of the Quabbin Reservoir.

EducationalFamily Activities

Tully Lake CampgroundTully Lake Campground

25 Doane Hill Road
Royalston, MA
978-249-4957, 978-248-9455

35 well-spaced, walk-in campsites in a beautiful lake setting. Waterfalls, boating, hiking, and mountain biking. More ...

Cross-country SkiingCamping SwimmingMountain BikingMotor BoatingKayaking/CanoeingHikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily Activities

Tully Lake Recreation AreaTully Lake Recreation Area

2 Athol-Richmond Road
Royalston, MA

Paddle among dozens of islands on this spectacular lake. To the northeast follow the narrow Tully River to Long Pond for excellent wildlife viewing. Cartop boat access also available on Doane Hill Road. More...

Cross-country Skiing SwimmingMountain BikingMotor BoatingKayaking/CanoeingHuntingHikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily Activities

Tully TrailTully Trail

Athol, Orange, Royalston, and Warwick, MA

A challenging 22-mile loop trail (yellow blazes) incorporating the most scenic features of the beautiful Tully area. Camping at a shelter near Royalston Falls and at Tully Lake Campground. A 6-mile mountain bike loop also accessible from the campground. More...

HikingMountain BikingPet FriendlyFamily Activities

Warwick State Forest & Sheomet PondWarwick State Forest & Sheomet Pond

Warwick, MA

Multiple tracts and trails, plus the popular Sheomet Pond (Clubhouse Pond). More...

Cross-country SkiingKayaking/Canoeing SwimmingSnowmobilingRoad BikingMountain BikingHuntingHorseback RidingHikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesNo Motor BoatsNo CampingNo ATVs/ORVs

Wendell State Forest & Ruggles PondWendell State Forest & Ruggles Pond

Montague Road
Wendell, MA

Access to Metacomet-Monadnock Trail and other hiking and mountain bike trails. Groomed cross-country ski trails, overlook, waterfalls. More...

Cross-country Skiing SwimmingSnowmobilingMountain BikingKayaking/CanoeingHuntingHorseback RidingHikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesNo ATVs/ORVs


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