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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


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


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


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


Clamber Hill Inn and RestaurantClamber Hill Inn and Restaurant


111 North Main Street
Petersham, MA
888-374-0007
Website
relax@clamberhill.com

Award winning inn located on a secluded 33-acre estate in the North Quabbin. Wine and whiskey tasting events.

Pet FriendlyLodgingFood and/or DiningServices


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. More ...

Pet FriendlyHuntingHikingFamily ActivitiesNo SwimmingNo Mountain Biking


EarthlandsEarthlands


39 Glasheen Road
Petersham, MA
978-724-3428
Website
earthlands@earthlink.net

Programs in sustainable living and outdoor skills. Beautiful trails, events, and accommodations.

HikingPet FriendlyEducationalLodging


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


Royalston FallsRoyalston Falls


Falls Road
Royalston, MA
Website
central@ttor.org

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
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


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


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


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


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...

Cross-country Skiing SwimmingMountain BikingMotor BoatingKayaking/CanoeingHuntingHikingFishingPet FriendlyFamily Activities


Tully MountainTully Mountain


Mountain Road
Orange, MA
Mass.Wildlife@state.ma.us

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
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


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


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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