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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

Bear's DenBear's Den

Neilson Road
New Salem, MA

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
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

Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area

Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
Winchendon Road
Royalston, MA

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

HuntingPet FriendlyHikingFishingFamily 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

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

Athol Road
Royalston, MA

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

Pet FriendlyHuntingHikingFamily ActivitiesNo SwimmingNo Mountain Biking

Elliot Laurel ReservationElliott Laurel Reservation

Queen Lake Road, Route 101
Phillipston, MA

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

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

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

New Salem Road (Route 122)
Petersham, MA
978-544-3939, 978-544-7745

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

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

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

Grrr GearGrrr Gear

334 East Main Street
Orange, MA

Full service hunting and sporting store featuring firearms, bowhunting, and a full range of outdoor accessories and clothing for the whole family.


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

Jacobs Hill & Spirit FallsJacobs Hill & Spirit Falls

Warwick Road, Route 68
Royalston, MA

Dramatic waterfall and ridgeline vista. More...

Cross-country SkiingHikingHuntingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesNo Mountain Biking

Millers River Wildlife Management Area (1)

Athol, Royalston & Phillipston, MA

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


HikingFishingPet FriendlyHuntingNo 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

Orange Wildlife Management AreaOrange Wildlife Management Area

North Main Street
Orange, MA

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

HikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesHuntingNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs

Phillipston & Popple Camp Wildlife Management Areas

Phillipston & Popple Camp Wildlife Management Areas

Queen Lake Road
Phillipston & Petersham, MA
508-835-3607 | 508-792-7420

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

HikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesHuntingNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs

Quabbin Gate 31Quabbin Gate 31

Petersham Road (Route 122)
New Salem, MA

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

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

SkyfieldsSkyfields Arboretum

1461 Old Keene Road
Athol, MA

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

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: Nichewaug TractSwift River Reservation: Nichewaug Tract

Nichewaug Road
Petersham, MA

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

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

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 MountainTully Mountain

Mountain Road
Orange, MA

The focal point of the Tully Trail and of the Tully Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Tully Mountain rises 1,163 feet above sea level and humps dramatically above the relatively flat land around it. Geologically, it is a remnant of ancient mountain building that upthrust the northern Appalachians 400 million years ago. From the northwest it also shows the effect of the glaciers—the northern face ground smooth, the southern face left much more irregular by deposited debris. A loop trail of about 1½ miles leads to outcrops near the summit that afford magnificent views of the surrounding land and waters and of more distant mountains. And Tully Mountain not only offers peace and pleasure to people but also—because of its numerous types of habitats—provides a home for a rich array of plants and animals. More...

HikingPet FriendlyFamily ActivitiesHuntingNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs

Tully Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Tully Road
Orange, MA

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

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

Wendell Wildlife Management Area

Locke's Village Road
Wendell, MA

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