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X-Country Skiing


1794 Meetinghouse


26 South Main Street (PO Box 8)
New Salem, MA
978-544-5200
Website
info@1794meetinghouse.org

A wide array of musical and cultural performances in a lovely historic setting.

EntertainmentEducationalFamily Activities


Alan E. Rich Environmental ParkAlan E. Rich Environmental Park


Main Street
Athol, MA
Website
978-249-2496

A park welcoming visitors with car top boat access, picnic benches and a nature trail through Cass Meadow and woodland along the Millers River. More ...

HikingKayaking/CanoeingPet FriendlyFishingEducationalFamily ActivitiesNo ATVs/ORVs


Arthur Iversen Conservation AreaArthur Iversen Conservation Area


Gale Road
Warwick, MA
978-248-2043
Website
landtrust@mountgrace.org

Trails, year-round moss garden, and seasonal waterfall highlight this diverse wildlife habitat area. More ...

Pet FriendlyHikingNo ATVs/ORVs


Athol Bird and Nature ClubAthol Bird and Nature Club

100 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-248-9491 ~ Fax 978-248-2020
dave@atholbirdclub.org ~ www.atholbirdclub.org

The Athol Bird and Nature Club, serving the North Quabbin Region/Millers River Watershed since 1963, provides a diverse Natural History programs and field trips for citizens of all ages. The Center houses the natural history collection assembled by the Athol Students of Robert Coyle and provides a meeting space for groups with an interest in the natural history, stewardship, and environmental integrity of the region.

EducationalFamily Activities


Battle-Dorrance Memorial Forest


West Orange Road (Route 2A)
Orange, MA
978-952-6856
info@newenglandforestry.org

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


Bear's DenBear's Den


Neilson Road
New Salem, MA
978-840-4446
Website
information@ttor.org

Short trail to hemlock-rimmed gorge with waterfalls under 75-foot granite cliffs. More...

HuntingPet FriendlyHikingFamily ActivitiesNo Mountain Biking


Bearsden Conservation AreaBearsden Conservation Area


Bearsden Road
Athol, MA
conservation@townofathol.org
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
Website
978-249-4467

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

Road BikingPet FriendlyMountain BikingHuntingHikingFishingFamily Activities


Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area


Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
Winchendon Road
Royalston, MA
508-835-3607
Website
mass.wildlife@state.ma.us

Rivers and lakes meet at this diverse recreation spot, the waters stocked with trout, the land with fowl. More ...

HuntingPet FriendlyHikingFishingFamily ActivitiesNo ATVs/ORVs


Bolton Through The WoodsBolton Through The Woods


456 Main Street, Apt. #3
Athol, MA
978-249-2162
danbolton2000@yahoo.com

Get some exercise with Dan Bolton. Learn about the natural and cultural history while exploring local trails.

Kayaking/CanoeingGuide ServicesHikingEducationalServicesFamily Activities


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


Quaker Drive
Petersham, MA
978-840-4446
Website
information@ttor.org

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
978-840-4446
Website
information@ttor.org

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
978-840-4446
Website
information@ttor.org

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


Bullard Farm Loop


89 Elm Street
New Salem, MA
info@newenglandforestry.org

The white-blazed Bullard Farm Loop is a two-mile section of the Chestnut Hill Trail system that gives visitors a view of scenic former farmland as well as peaceful woodlands. The trail to the south from the parking area at the Bullard Farm, skirts the Swift River, climbs to North Pond Ridge (and connects to the North Pond Ridge Trail), and returns for the final leg along Elm Street. Nearby is a dramatic waterfall known as the Bear’s Den, on land protected by The Trustees of Reservations. More ...

Cross-country SkiingPet FriendlyHikingFamily ActivitiesNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs


Cass Meadow Wildlife Management Area


Pequoig Avenue
Athol, MA
508-835-3607
Website
Mass.Wildlife@state.ma.us

An example of early successional habitat along the Millers River. More ...

FishingPet FriendlyHikingFamily ActivitiesKayaking/Canoeing


Celebrate the Harvest Festival


Butterfield Park
83 East River Street
Orange, MA

Parade, flea & craft market, classic car show - a great way to celebrate autumn!

EntertainmentFood and/or DiningShoppingArts & CraftsLocally  MadeFamily Activities


Chase Memorial Forest


South Royalston Road (Route 68)
Royalston, MA
978-952-6856
Website
info@newenglandforestry.org

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
Website
info@newenglandforestry.org

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


Christmas in the Park


Butterfield Park
83 East River Street
Orange, MA

The Friday after Thanksgiving. Music, tree lighting, and welcoming Santa!

EntertainmentFood and/or DiningShoppingFamily Activities


Doane's Falls & Coddings MeadowDoane's Falls & Coddings Meadow


Athol Road
Royalston, MA
Website
central@ttor.org

Spectacular series of waterfalls through steep gorge. Easy walk on opposite side of road to scenic Coddings Meadow.

Kayaking/Canoeing Hunting Hiking Pet Friendly Family Activity No Swimming No Mountain Biking


Elliot Laurel ReservationElliott Laurel Reservation


Queen Lake Road, Route 101
Phillipston, MA
Website
central@ttor.org

Extensive mountain laurel thicket with magnificent white blooms in late spring. Short loop trail wanders below cathedral of hemlocks. More ...

Pet FriendlyHikingHuntingCross-country SkiingFamily ActivitiesNo Mountain Biking


Engine House Museum


Main Street (Route 2)
Erving, MA

Erving’s equivalent of a historical society. Adjacent to Freight House Antiques, the museum is housed in the former Erving Fire Station and helps to recount Erving’s history as a major industrial town. The Engine House carries a substantial collection of photographs and scrapbooks, as well as a kitchen, living room, and parlor decorated in the style of the late 1800s and early 1900s; the old firehouse bell outside the museum serves as a reminder of the building’s prior use.

EducationalFamily Activities


Erving Castle/Hermit's CaveErving Castle/Hermit's Cave


Mountain Road
Erving, MA
978-544-3939
Website
mass.parks@state.ma.us

Vigorous hike (3-4 hrs. round-trip) to natural "castle" formed by a small cave under overhanging cliff. Inhabited 1867-1899 by hermit, John Smith, native of Scotland. More ...

Cross-country SkiingPet FriendlyHikingFamily Activities


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


Laurel Lake Road
Erving, MA
978-544-3939, 978-544-7745
Website
erving.forest@state.ma.us

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


Farley LedgeFarley Ledge


Wells Road
Erving, MA

Considered by some the “crown jewel of climbing in Massachusetts,” Farley Ledge includes both moderate and highly difficult challenges on sloping horizontals, small edges, and sweeping features. More ...

HikingPet FriendlyFamily Activities


Federated Women's Club State ForestFederated Women's Club State Forest


New Salem Road (Route 122)
Petersham, MA
978-544-3939, 978-544-7745
Website
erving.forest@state.ma.us

Numerous trails, one to an overlook of Quabbin Reservoir, plus primitive camping. More...

Cross-country SkiingHuntingHikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesCamping


Fish Brook Wildlife Management Area


Royalston, MA
Mass.Wildlife@state.ma.us

A steep section of the Tully Trail, where the brook cuts a scenic gorge on its way to the Tully River. More ...

HikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesHuntingNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs


Fisher MuseumFisher Museum

324 North Main Street (Route 32)
Petersham, MA
978-724-3302
Website

A project of Harvard University, Harvard Forest has explored the relationship between biological, physical, and human systems since 1907. The history of this interplay in the North Quabbin region is presented visually in the exhibits of Fisher Museum. The museum boasts 23-internationally acclaimed dioramas depicting the history, conservation, and management of central New England forests. Other museum exhibits represent the variety of research conducted at Harvard Forest. Fisher Museum screens a different film related to the forest itself or local cultural history each month. Complement your museum visit by picking up a map of Harvard Forest’s interactive trails.

EducationalFamily Activities


Fiske PondFiske Pond


Town of Wendell Conservation Commission
West Street
Wendell, MA
978-544-3395

Beautiful town conservation land with interconnecting trails along a pond. More ...

Kayaking/CanoeingHorseback RidingHikingPet FriendlyCross-country SkiingFamily ActivitiesNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs


Fittz Family Memorial ForestFittz Family Memorial Forest


Chestnut Hill Road
Orange, MA
978-952-6856
Website
info@newenglandforestry.org

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


Fox Valley Wildlife SanctuaryFox Valley Wildlife Sanctuary


Lincoln Road
Phillipston, MA
978-248-2053
Website
landtrust@mountgrace.org

Includes a series of fragile wetlands and the headwaters of Popple Camp Brook. A blue-blazed loop trail leads through a mature forest and an area of early forest succession. More ...

Cross-country SkiingHikingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesNo SnowmobilingNo Mountain BikingNo ATVs/ORVs


French King Bowling Center


55 French King Highway
Erving, MA
Website
413-423-3047

Bowling, a new game room, assorted party platters and pizza selections. Banquet hall available for birthday parties, etc.

Family ActivitiesFood and/or Dining

French King BridgeFrench King Bridge


Route 2
Erving, MA

A spectacular fall foliage vista over the CT River with trails into French King Gorge. More ...

HikingFamily Activities


Harvard ForestHarvard Forest


324 North Main Street (Route 32)
Petersham, MA
978-724-3302
Website

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


Hidden Valley Memorial ForestHidden Valley Memorial Forest


Jerusalem Road
Wendell, MA
Website
landtrust@mountgrace.org

Former research camp of botanist Dr. Arthur Cronquist features rock cliffs and diverse habitats. Trail system connects to New England National Scenic Trail. More ...

Cross-country SkiingHikingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs


Hockanum Hill Conservation AreaHockanum Hill Conservation Area


Hockanum Hill Road
Warwick, MA

A 10-minute walk leads to a scenic overlook of the surrounding valley. More ...

Cross-country SkiingSnowmobilingHorseback RidingHikingFamily ActivitiesNo ATVs/ORVs


Hosmer WoodsHosmer Woods


West Main Street (Route 2A)
Orange, MA
978-952-6856
Website
info@newenglandforestry.org

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


Jacobs Hill & Spirit FallsJacobs Hill & Spirit Falls


Warwick Road, Route 68
Royalston, MA
www.thetrustees.org
central@ttor.org

Dramatic waterfall and ridgeline vista. More...

Cross-country SkiingHikingHuntingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesNo Mountain Biking


Lake EllisLake Ellis


Lake Ellis Road
Athol, MA
978-249-4819

One of two lovely recreational lakes in Athol (the other is Silver Lake ), Lake Ellis offers a great beach and picnic area. Boaters also enjoy the lake (no wakes, please), and anglers aim for bass, pickerel, bluegill and hornpout. Because the Quabbin Anglers Organization stocks trout for their annual ice fishing derby, a summertime line may also pull up a trout. More...

SwimmingKayaking/CanoeingMotor BoatingFishingFamily Activities


Lake MattawaLake Mattawa


Lake Mattawa Road
Orange, MA
978-544-2254
Website
mass.wildlife@state.ma.us

A clear, spring-fed lake. Swimming beach, summer trout fishing, ice fishing. More...

SwimmingFishingKayaking/CanoeingFamily Activities


Lake RohuntaLake Rohunta


Eagleville Road
Orange, MA
978-544-2254

A gem for canoeists and anglers, but especially for birdwatchers. Motor boat access. More ...

Motor BoatingKayaking/CanoeingFamily ActivitiesNo Swimming


Lamb City CampgroundLamb City Campground


85 Royalston Road
Phillipston, MA
800-292-5262, 978-249-2049
Website
lambcity@tiac.net

Full-service campground and store. RV, tent sites, and cabins. Events and activities.

CampingFamily Activities


Lawrence Brook Wildlife Management AreaLawrence Brook Wildlife Management Area


North Fitzwilliam Road
Royalston, MA
Website
Mass.Wildlife@state.ma.us

Two parcels of hilly terrain providing access to Lawrence Brook, plus marshy areas along streams and edge habitat along an old haul road. More ...

HikingPet FriendlyFishingFamily ActivitiesNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs


Metacomet-Monadnock Trail (M&M)Metacomet-Monadnock Trail (M&M)


Throughout North Quabbin, MA
Website
trails@amcberkshire.org

The North Quabbin section of the 160-mile trail from CT to NH includes beautiful state forests & waterfalls. More ...

HikingCampingPet FriendlyFamily Activities


Millers RiverMillers River


Throughout the North Quabbin, MA

Popular for boating, fly fishing, and hiking. Flatwater in places, moving water elsewhere. More ...

Kayaking/CanoeingFishingHikingFamily Activities


Millers River Wildlife Management Area (1)


Athol, Royalston & Phillipston, MA
Mass.Wildlife@state.ma.us

River, forest, shrub corridors, wetlands - a wide range of habitats indeed, some close to downtown Athol. More ...

 

HikingFishingPet FriendlyHuntingNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs


Millers River Wildlife Management Area (2)


Old Farley Rd.
Wendell, MA
Mass.Wildlife@state.ma.us

Excellent for fishing or walking, with access to over a mile of the Millers River and to Wendell Sate Forest. More ...

HikingFishingPet FriendlyNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs


Millers River Environmental CenterMillers River Environmental Center


100 Main Street
Athol, MA
978-248-9491
Website
abnc@millersriver.net

Diverse programs on regional natural and cultural history. Wonderful displays of birds, mammals, and rocks.

EducationalFamily Activities


Mount Grace State ForestMount Grace State Forest


Winchester Road (Route 78)
Warwick, MA
978-544-3939
Website
erving.forest@state.ma.us

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


Nature Journeys with Clare GreenNature Journeys with Clare Green


71 Athol Road
Warwick, MA
dclara_2000@yahoo.com

Nature programs for all ages, story-telling and portrayal of historical figures. Author of "Cutting a Bond With the Long Trail."

Guide ServicesEducationalHikingFamily ActivitiesServices


New England Equestrian Center of AtholNew England Equestrian Center of Athol


660 New Sherborn Road
Athol, MA
978-249-2813
Website
info@equinecenter.org

Equestrian Park, new arena (available to rent), clinics, shows, and hiking.

Horseback RidingHikingEducationalServicesFamily Activities


North Common MeadowNorth Common Meadow


North Main Street
Petersham, MA
Website
central@ttor.org

Scenic meadow with mowed trails and extensive view. More...

Cross-country SkiingHorseback RidingHikingPet FriendlyFamily Activities


North Pond Ridge Trail


Chestnut Hill Road
Orange, MA
Website
info@newenglandforestry.org

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


North Quabbin Fall FestivalNorth Quabbin Fall Festival


North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce
251 Exchange Street
Athol, MA
Website
978-249-3849

A popular sidewalk celebration in downtown Athol - shops, crafts, food, souvenirs, and free music all day long. Great fun!

Family ActivitiesFood and/or DiningArts & CraftsShoppingLocally  MadeEntertainment


North Quabbin Garlic & Arts FestivalNorth Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival


60 Chestnut Hill Road
Orange, MA
Website
978-544-9023

A two-day family celebration of regional artisans, agriculture, music, community, renewable energy, and of course, garlic!

Family ActivitiesFood and/or DiningArts & CraftsShoppingLocally  MadeEntertainment


Northern Lights Ice Arena


Silver Lake Park
Athol, MA
Facebook

Community ice skate park open to the public. Ice skating, ice hockey, sliding, food, music, fire-pits. Visit Facebook for info.

Family Activities


Northfield Mountain Environmental & Recreation CenterNorthfield Mountain Environmental & Recreation Center


99 Millers Falls Road
Northfield, MA
413-659-3714, 800-859-2960
Website
northfield@gdfsuezna.com

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


Orange Historical SocietyOrange Historical Society


41 North Main Street
Orange, MA
Website
978-544-3141

The Orange Historical Society offers a chance for tourists and residents alike to learn about a community with a very rich, if often underplayed, history. A mass producer of sewing machines, tapioca, and hydraulic machines, Orange was (contrary to popular belief) the site of the country’s first automobile factory: Grout Brothers manufactured steam-powered automobiles, one of which is on display in the barn section of the Orange Historical Society. In addition to this vehicle, which traces back to the year 1904, the barn contains a fire pumper and other industrial items. Housed in a Victorian home with identical furnishings, the Orange Historical Society also includes a special children’s room, military room, and alumni room.

EducationalFamily Activities


Orange Wildlife Management AreaOrange Wildlife Management Area


North Main Street
Orange, MA
Mass.Wildlife@state.ma.us

Several parcels, with a beautiful beaver pond, forest, fields, and small streams and wetlands. More...

HikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesHuntingNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs


Peace StatuePeace Statue


Memorial Park
South Main Street
Orange, MA

A nationally recognized 12-foot bronze memorial to veternas of WWI and the official peace statue of Massachusetts. More...

Family ActivitiesArts & Crafts


Petersham Art CenterPetersham Art Center


8 North Street
Petersham, MA
Facebook
978-724-3415

Gallery and shop featuring local fine art, crafts, books, clothing. Classes and demonstrations.

Arts & CraftsFamily ActivitiesEducationalLocally  MadeShopping


Petersham Historical SocietyPetersham Historical Society


10 North Main Street
Petersham, MA
978-724-3430

The Petersham Historical Society and stunning town common are two prominent components within this district, which is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Before entering the Historical Society, view the monument to Shay’s Rebellion. Following the Revolutionary War, a debt-stricken group of farmers led by Daniel Shay rebelled against the Massachusetts State Senate in light of property foreclosures and high land taxes. Shay’s Rebellion is directly linked to the ratification of the Constitution, and the monument marks the location of the final battle. The Petersham Historical Society includes various displays of town artifacts, namely the fully-renovated Petersham stagecoach, and offers programs and events throughout the year.

EducationalFamily Activities


Phillipston Fall Pumpkin FairPhillipston Fall Pumpkin Fair


Phillipston Common
Phillipston, MA

Giant pumpkins, fabulous jack o'lanterns, crafts & food - great family fun!

Family ActivitiesShoppingArts & CraftsFood and/or DiningLocally  Made


Phillipston & Popple Camp Wildlife Management Areas

Phillipston & Popple Camp Wildlife Management Areas

Queen Lake Road
Phillipston & Petersham, MA
508-835-3607 | 508-792-7420
mass.wildlife@state.ma.us

These two adjacent properties comprise over 4,000 acres that include wetlands, rivers, and Queen Lake. More...

HikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesHuntingNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs


Phillipston Historical Society


50 State Road
Phillipston, MA
978-939-5656
Website

The formal establishment of Phillipston as a town included merging sections of western Templeton and eastern Athol to afford residents easier church access. The Historical Society functions as a museum preserving Phillipston’s historical artifacts and documents and hosts regular events.

EducationalFamily Activities


Phillipston Wildlife Management Area


Queen Lake Rd.
Phillipston, Petersham, Barre & Hubbardston, MA
mass.wildlife@state.ma.us

Gentle to moderate slopes traversed by several brooks, the land dominated by mixed forests and a range of wetlands. More...

Kayaking/CanoeingFishingHikingHuntingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs


Quabbin Gates 22-25


South Main Street
New Salem, MA
clif.read@state.ma.us

Converging roads to the shores of the Quabbin Reservoir and breathtaking views of some of its islands. More...

HikingFishingFamily ActivitiesNo PetsNo X-CountryNo SwimmingNo SnowmobilingNo SkatingNo Road BikingNo Mountain BikingNo Horseback RidingNo CampingNo ATVs/ORVs


Quabbin Gates 26-27


East Main Street
New Salem, MA
clif.read@state.ma.us

A short loop trail about 2 miles long with a lovely view of the Quabbin Reservoir and some of its islands, as well as interesting foundations. More...

HikingFishingFamily ActivitiesNo PetsNo X-CountryNo SwimmingNo SnowmobilingNo SkatingNo Road BikingNo Mountain BikingNo Horseback RidingNo CampingNo ATVs/ORVs


Quabin Gates 28-30Quabbin Gates 28-30


Petersham Road (Route 122)
New Salem, MA
clif.read@state.ma.us

Biking on paved trails. Hiking loop trails to other gates. Historical sites, birdwatching, and views of the Quabbin. More...

Road BikingHikingFishingFamily ActivitiesNo PetsNo X-CountryNo SwimmingNo SnowmobilingNo SkatingNo Horseback RidingNo CampingNo ATVs/ORVs


Quabbin Gate 31Quabbin Gate 31


Petersham Road (Route 122)
New Salem, MA
413-323-7221
clif.read@state.ma.us

Motor boat rental and launch area. Warm and cold water fish. More...

Motor BoatingKayaking/CanoeingHikingFishingFamily ActivitiesHuntingNo PetsNo X-CountryNo SwimmingNo SnowmobilingNo Road BikingNo SkatingNo Mountain BikingNo Horseback RidingNo CampingNo ATVs/ORVs


Quabbin Gate 36Quabbin Gate 36


State Forest Road
Petersham, MA
clif.read@state.ma.us

A gate to shore walk along the Quabbin Reservoir, accessed through the Federated Women's Club State Forest. More...

HikingFishingFamily ActivitiesNo PetsNo X-CountryNo SwimmingNo SnowmobilingNo SkatingNo Road BikingNo Mountain BikingNo Horseback RidingNo ATVs/ORVs


Quabbin Gate 40Quabbin Gate 40


Hardwick Road
Petersham, MA
413-323-7221
clif.read@state.ma.us

Walk or bike through history at Dana Commons. Stone walls, cellar holes. More...

Road BikingHikingFamily ActivitiesNo PetsNo X-CountryNo SwimmingNo SnowmobilingNo SkatingNo Horseback RidingNo CampingNo ATVs/ORVs


Quabbin ReservoirQuabbin Reservoir


413-323-7221
Website
clif.read@state.ma.us

An "accidental wilderness," a huge lake offering premier habitat for wildlife and a haven for human visitors. More...

Motor BoatingKayaking/CanoeingHikingFishingFamily ActivitiesNo PetsNo X-CountryNo SkatingNo SnowmobilingNo SwimmingNo Horseback RidingNo CampingNo ATVs/ORVs


Red Apple FarmRed Apple Farm


455 Highland Avenue
Phillipston, MA
978-249-6763, 800-628-4851
Website

Four-generation, family-owned farm. U-pick apples, pumpkins, country store, hay rides, trail to Thousand Acre Swamp, and events.

Farms / OrchardsLocally  MadeFamily ActivitiesFood and/or DiningHikingFarm StandsShopping


River Rat Race & ParadeRiver Rat Race & Parade


Millers River
Athol, MA
Website
info@riverratrace.org

Fun for paddlers and spectators - a canoe race down the Millers River from Athol to Orange, after a morning parade in Athol.

Family ActivitiesFood and/or DiningEntertainment


Rose LedgeRose Ledge


Poplar Mountain Road
Erving, MA
413-659-3714, 800-859-2960
nerc@nu.com

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

Mountain BikingHikingFamily Activities


Royalston Historical Society


2 Athol Road
Royalston MA
978-249-7625
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The Royalston Historical Society is located within the Royalston Common Historic District in the town’s “Old Schoolhouse Number One,” erected in 1837. Known as the Raymond School, the building remained in operation for this purpose until 1938 and originally faced the opposite direction toward what is now Bullock Park. The Royalston Historical Society today houses a large collection of town artifacts, most notably and recently a display of an old coffin and related items.

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Seeds of SolidaritySeeds of Solidarity


165 Chestnut Hill Road
Orange, MA
978-544-9023
Website
solidarity@seedsofsolidarity.org

Farm and education center providing practical tools for renewable energy and community-grown organic food. Seasonal farmstand, visiting days, and workshops are also available.

EducationalFarms / OrchardsFamily Activities


Silver Lake Park


Silver Lake Street
Athol, MA
978-249-4819

Town-owned beach. Swimming, ball field, bathhouse. More...

SwimmingKayaking/CanoeingFishingFamily Activities


SkyfieldsSkyfields Arboretum


1461 Old Keene Road
Athol, MA
978-248-2043
Website
landtrust@mountgrace.org

The home of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and a showcase of native plants. Acres of open fields fringed with woodland and laced with trails, plus a stewardship demonstration forest across the road. More...

Cross-country SkiingHuntingHikingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesNo SnowmobilingNo Mountain BikingNo ATVs/ORVs


Starry Starry NightStarry Starry Night


Downtown
Orange, MA
Website

New Year's Eve extravaganza, with musicians and performers of all kinds - fun for the whole family.

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Stevens Swamp & Indian CaveStevens Swamp & Indian Cave


Flagg Road
Warwick, MA
978-544-3939
erving.forest@state.ma.us

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


Sugar Hollow FarmSugar Hollow Farm


425 Queen Lake Road
Phillipston, MA
978-652-5186
Website
lroy152@comcast.net

Farmstand focused on natural produce, environmentally friendly gardening & living products. Offering various workshops and classes for adults and children.

Farms / OrchardsFarm StandsFood and/or DiningEducationalFamily ActivitiesLocally  MadeShopping


Swift River Reservation: Davis TractSwift River Reservation: Davis Tract


Glen Valley Road
Petersham, MA
978840-4446
Website
information@ttor.org

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
978-840-4446
Website
information@ttor.org

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: Nichewaug TractSwift River Reservation: Nichewaug Tract


Nichewaug Road
Petersham, MA
978-840-4446
Website
information@ttor.org

Four miles of trails through forest and field, several leading to the Swift River and another to a vista of the river valley. More...

Cross-country SkiingMountain BikingHikingHorseback RidingFishingPet FriendlyHunting


Swift River Reservation: Slab City Tract


Barre Road
Petersham, MA
978-840-4446
Website
information@ttor.org

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
978-544-6882
Website

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.

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Thanksgiving Harvest Festival at Red Apple FarmThanksgiving Harvest Festival at Red Apple Farm


455 Highland Avenue
Phillipston, MA
978-249-6763 or 800-628-4851
Website
info@redapplefarm.com

A great harvest fair - crafters, music, produce, homemade food, hayrides, animals, hikes and more.

Family ActivitiesEntertainmentFood and/or DiningFarms / OrchardsLocally  MadeHikingArts & CraftsShopping


Thousand-Acre SwampThousand-Acre Swamp


Phillipston, MA

Thousand-Acre Swamp is a magnificent wetland appreciated by people, beavers, birds, and other creatures. It is fed by Thousand-Acre Brook, a dammed former reservoir. Today part of the swamp lies in Athol’s Bearsden Conservation Area, accessible from the main trailhead on Bearsden Rd. (recommended) or from South Royalston Rd. (where parking is limited to streetside where houses end). The swamp extends to Phillipston’s Red Apple Farm, where there is ample parking. The farm’s ¾-mile semi-loop trail offers interpretive posts and is open year-round. More...

HikingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesNo ATVs/ORVs


The Farm SchoolThe Farm School


488 Moore Hill Road
Athol, MA
978-249-2656
Website
ben@farmschool.org

Family farm, school, and summer camp. Ground beef, fresh eggs, CSA memberships.

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Tool Town LiveTool Town Live


Outdoor Venue or Athol Town Hall, 584 Main Street
Athol, MA
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Live summer and fall concerts - free!

EntertainmentFamily Activities


Tully Lake CampgroundTully Lake Campground


25 Doane Hill Road
Royalston, MA
978-249-4957, 978-248-9455
Website
wkorby@ttor.org

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
978-249-9150
Website
jeffrey.c.mangum@usace.army.mil

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...

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Tully Lake Triathlon


Tully Lake Campground
25 Doane Hill Road
Royalston, MA
978-840-4446
Website

A competitive triathlon (canoe, bike & run), plus great exhibits - an exciting event for participants & observers!

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Tully Mountain Wildlife Management Area


Tully Road
Orange, MA
508-835-3607
Website
Mass.Wildlife@state.ma.us

Visit Tully Meadow for birds, dragonflies and butterflies. Climb Tully Mountain for stunning views. Try your fishing skills on the trout-stocked West Branch of the Tully River. More...

HikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesHuntingNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs


Tully TrailTully Trail


Athol, Orange, Royalston, and Warwick, MA
Website
wkorby@ttor.org

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


Wagon Wheel CampgroundWagon Wheel Campground


909 Wendell Road
Warwick, MA
978-544-8129, 978-544-8024
Website

A beautiful, spring-through-fall family campground secluded in a pine forest, with over 100 fully-equipped and tenting sites. Swimming pool, playground, convenience store, and laundry on-site. A short distance to Erving State Forest and a myriad other North Quabbin recreational destinations.

CampingFamily Activities


Walnut Hill Tracking and Nature CenterWalnut Hill Tracking and Nature Center


325 Walnut Hill Road
Orange, MA
Nick and Valerie Wisniewski - 978-544-6083
Website
walnuthilltracking@verizon.net

Outdoor programs in nature exploration.
Adventure close to home!

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Warwick Historical Society


6 Athol Road
Warwick, MA
Website

Outside of the Warwick Historical Society, you will find a “scythe tree” with a gripping story behind it. Inside, the Historical Society boasts an expansive collection including picture albums, furniture, and relics which harken back to the town’s industrial past as a glass and boot manufacturer. Its collection also contains the diary of a 1700s Warwick minister and a pump log used in the early 1880s.

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Warwick Old Home DaysWarwick Old Home Days


Warwick Center
Warwick, MA
Website

Summer weekend celebration of community in Warwick, with food, tag sales and entertainment. A wonderful outing.

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Warwick State Forest & Sheomet PondWarwick State Forest & Sheomet Pond


Warwick, MA
978-544-3939
erving.forest@state.ma.us

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


Wayside CrossWayside Cross


105 Main Street
Athol, MA

978-249-3361

An inspiring work of public sculpture, the Wayside Cross at St. Francis of Assisi Church celebrates Lithuanian heritage in the center of Athol. Lithuania is known as the “land of crosses,” with wooden crosses in more than 300 styles found throughout the countryside. The Athol cross, made of rust-colored steel and featuring stylized tulips, blends this traditional spirit with modern materials and design. It was created by architect Ramojus Mozoliauskas and erected in 1979.

Arts & CraftsFamily Activities


Wendell Holiday FairWendell Holiday Fair


Wendell Town Hall
Wendell, MA
Website

Gifts for yourself or others, offered by local crafters, artists, and business folk, plus music and snacks.

ShoppingArts & CraftsEntertainmentFood and/or DiningFamily Activities


Wendell State Forest & Ruggles PondWendell State Forest & Ruggles Pond


Montague Road
Wendell, MA
413-659-3797
Website
wendell.forest@state.ma.us

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


Wendell Wildlife Management Area


Locke's Village Road
Wendell, MA
Mass.Wildlife@state.ma.us

A heavily wooded area with mountain laurel in the understory, seeps on its gently sloping hills and flat bottom lands forming the headwaters of Plympton Brook. More...

HikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesHuntingNo ATVs/ORVsNo Snowmobiling


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