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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

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

Bullard Farm Loop

89 Elm Street
New Salem, MA

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

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


39 Glasheen Road
Petersham, MA

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

HikingPet FriendlyEducationalLodging

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

Mountain Road
Erving, MA

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

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

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

Fox Valley Wildlife SanctuaryFox Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Lincoln Road
Phillipston, MA

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

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

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

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

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 Common MeadowNorth Common Meadow

North Main Street
Petersham, MA

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

Cross-country SkiingHorseback RidingHikingPet FriendlyFamily Activities

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

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 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

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