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Massachusetts State Parks

Ashland State Park
Ashland State Park has 470 acres including the 157 acre Ashland Reservoir. The park is operated seasonally from Memorial Day through Labor Day and provides opportunities for swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing, bicycling and hiking. Beach improvements at the park include facilities for wheelchair access to the boathouse and by ramp into the pond. For information call: (508)435-4303

The Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park
1000 acre natural area offering walking and hiking paths, canoe access, picnic areas and a broad expanse of the Blackstone River known as Rice City Pond, which is a great area for watching wildlife. For information call: (508)278-7604

Cochituate State Park
Cochituate State Park is a popular regional day use park featuring water based recreational opportunities including boating, swimming, windsurfing, and fishing on its three large lakes. Picnicking, swimming, and boat launching are limited to the main area of the park on the middle lake and boaters can gain access to the other lakes through channels under roadways. For information call: (508)653-9641

Dunn Pond State Park
This 119 acre park features a 20 acre pond, walking trails, swimming, picnicking, and play equipment. Private canoes and non-motorized boats are allowed on the pond, and paddle boats can be rented during the summer. Year round programming is available with swimming and fishing the summer attractions and ice skating in the winter. The park has recently completed a major project to make the entire facility universally accessible. For information call: (978)632-7897

Great Brook Farm State Park
The farm and buildings at Great Brook Farm comprise a classic eastern Massachusetts agricultural landscape. The arrangement of open fields, sturdy walls, diversified woodlands and historic structures are significant images of our agricultural past. An active dairy farm operates year-round and guided barn tours are available from May to October. Amidst the beautiful scenery lie 20 miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Notable Native American sites can be seen from these paths. During the winter months, trail-grooming allows skiing enthusiasts to take part in cross-country skiing. One of the farm buildings has been converted to a ski rental concession. Meadow Pond has a canoe launch and is ideal for fishing. For information call: (978) 369-6312

Camping and Hiking in Massachusetts

Boston Harbor Islands State Park
Boston, MA 02127
29 sites
For information call: (781)740-1605

Harold Parker State Forest
1951 Turnpike Rd., North Andover, MA 01845
130 sites
For information call: (978)686-3391

Willard Brook State Park
Rt. 119, Ashby/Townsend, MA 01469
21 sites
For information call: (978)597-8802

Nickerson State Park
Rt. 6A, Brewster, MA 02631
418 sites
For information call: (508)487-1191

Lake Dennison State Park
Rt. 202, Winchendon. MA 01475
151 sites
For information call: (978)939-8962

Hunting and Fishing in Massachusetts

Noon Hill Reservation
Stone walls of 19-th century farms run through forested hills; fishing, picnicking, cross-country skiing. For information call: (978)356-4351

Rocky Woods Reservation
Hartford St., Medfield, MA 02052Twelve miles of trails, catch-and-release fishing from ponds and streams. For information call: (978)356-4351

Lowell Holly Reservation
Named for its stands of the American holly trees; picnicking, fishing and canoeing. . For information call: (978)356-4351

James W. Brooks Preserve
Quiet trails offer glimpses of some of the state's lesser-known landscapes, wildlife, history, fishing, bird watching, and cross-country skiing. For information call: (978)356-4351

Chesterfield Gorge
Trail runs along the top of the gorge. Views of the rock walls and the West Branch of the Westerfield River; tables and fireplaces for picnicking, trout fishing. For more information call: (413)684-0148

Other Massachusetts Outdoor activities

Massachusetts also offers the following outdoor activities:
  • Water Sports
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Beaches
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Whale Watching
  • Rock Climbing
  • Bird Watching
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Fall Foliage Tours