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14 of 15 Types of Massachusetts Recreational Facilities--State Parks
Ivan Gillis
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Massachusetts State Parks

Park name  

County or counties  

 

acres

 

Alewife Brook Reservation

Middlesex
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42°23′48″N71°8′38″W

136 acres

A major portion of the Alewife Reservation is designated wetland. The Reservation is located at the end of the Minuteman Bike Path in Arlington

Ames Nowell State Park

Plymouth
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42°7′12.8994″N70°59′13.632″W

612 acres

The park is primarily used for boating and fishing.

Appalachian Trail

Berkshire
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42°28′57.8″N73°10′46.7″W

90 mi

90 miles (145 km) of this trail are in Massachusetts.

Ashland State Park

Middlesex
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42°14′30″N71°27′58″W

472 acres

 

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Berkshire
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42°33′14″N73°9′55″W

11 mi

 

Bash Bish Falls State Park

Berkshire
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42°06′53″N73°29′34″W

424 acres

Massachusetts' highest single-drop waterfall lies within the park borders.

Beartown State Forest

Berkshire
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42°14′00″N73°16′28″W

120 acres

Approximately 7.5 miles (12.1 km) of the Appalachian Trail travels through the forest.

Beaver Brook Reservation

Middlesex
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42°23′26″N71°11′52″W

303 acres

The park includes a cascading waterfall and a wading pool.

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

Suffolk
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42°23′21″N70°59′21″W

188 acres

The reservation includes landscaped pathways, benches, and an observation tower. A portion of the Boston Harborwalkruns through the reservation.

Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park

Worcester
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42°05′40″N71°37′23″W

1,066 acres

The park is the midpoint of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor of the National Park System.

Blue Hills Reservation

Norfolk
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42°12′40″N71°7′40″W

6,165 acres

The reservation has the distinction of being the largest conservation land within a major metropolitan area.

Borderland State Park

BristolNorfolk
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42°4′3″N71°9′13″W

1,843 acres

On National Register of Historic Places

Boston Harbor Islands State Park

NorfolkPlymouthSuffolk
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42°19′11.6″N70°55′45.6″W

404 acres

 

Bradley Palmer State Park

Essex
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42°38′0″N70°53′43″W

736 acres

The park that features rolling meadows, lush evergreens and old carriage roads lined with rhododendrons.

Breakheart Reservation

EssexMiddlesex
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42°29′21″N71°2′23″W

652 acres

The reservation is hardwood forest principally used for birding, fishing and hiking.

Brimfield State Forest

Hampden
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42°6′0″N72°14′56″W

3,523 acres

 

Bristol Blake State Reservation

Norfolk
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42°6′28.6″N71°19′5″W

140 acres

Adjacent to Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Brook Farm Historic Site

Suffolk
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42°17′29″N71°10′26.7″W

141 acres

 

C. M. Gardner State Park

Hampden
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42°16′31″N72°52′14.5″W

85 acres

 

Callahan State Park

Middlesex
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42°20′35″N71°26′55″W

958 acres

 

Camp Nihan Environmental Education Camp

Essex
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42°29′32.6″N71°1′11.4″W

65 acres

Part of Breakheart Reservation

Canalside Rail Trail

Franklin
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42°36′37.2″N72°33′18.1″W

3.7 mi

Trail along the Connecticut River

Cape Cod Rail Trail

Barnstable
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41°46′32.1″N70°1′54.4″W

188 acres

22-mile trail on Cape Cod

Castle Island

Suffolk
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42°20′15″N71°0′38″W

22 acres

The present fort, built between 1834 and 1851, is the eighth generation of forts and it is one of the oldest fortified sites in British North America.

Charles River Reservation

SuffolkMiddlesex
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42°21′20″N71°6′56″W

863 acres

Includes Charles River Dam, Charles River Basin and Esplanade, John F. Kennedy Park, and Teddy Ebersol's Red Sox Fields. Covers Charles River below Watertown Dam; see also Upper Charles River Reservation

Chester-Blandford State Forest

Hampden
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42°14′58″N72°56′58″W

2,776 acres

 

Chestnut Hill Reservation

Suffolk
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42°20′7″N71°9′29″W

1 acre

The Chestnut Hill Reservoir Historic Districtis considered a nineteenth-century masterpiece of engineering, urban planning and landscape design.

Chicopee Memorial State Park

Hampden
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42°10′45″N72°32′13″W

562 acres

The park includes two 25-acre (10 ha) ponds.

Clarksburg State Park

Berkshire
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42°44′5″N73°4′35″W

3,629 acres

Adjoins 3,011 acre Clarksburg State Forest

Cochituate State Park

Middlesex
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42°18′45″N71°22′27″W

872 acres

 

Connecticut River Greenway State Park

FranklinHampdenHampshire
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42°36′27″N72°32′30″W

1,048 acres

Multiple state land holdings in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts

Constitution Beach

Suffolk
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42°23′5.5″N71°0′36.2″W

82 acres

 

Cutler Park Reservation

Norfolk
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42°16′16″N71°11′45″W

739 acres

It contains the largest remaining fresh water marsh on the middle Charles, and includes a boardwalk through a cattail marsh out onto an island.

D.A.R. State Forest

Hampshire
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42°27′25″N72°47′50″W

1,728 acres

 

Demarest Lloyd State Park

Bristol
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41°31′44″N70°59′0″W

200 acres

 

Dighton Rock State Park

Bristol
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41°48′46″N71°6′23″W

98 acres

Dighton Rock is an 11-foot (3.4 m) high glacial erratic covered with petroglyphs and has since been moved to a museum at the park.

Dorchester Shores Reservation

Suffolk
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42°17′50″N71°2′44″W

44 acres

The reservation comprises two beaches and a park.

Douglas State Forest

Worcester
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42°3′30″N71°47′13″W

5,525 acres

Features include a rare Atlantic White Cedar swamp and 7.8 miles (12.6 km) of the Midstate Trail

Dunn State Park

Worcester
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42°34′48″N71°58′12″W

132 acres

 

Ellisville Harbor State Park

Plymouth
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41°50′34″N70°32′13″W

97 acres

Walking trails overlooking a tidal marsh, sandy/rocky beach at trail end

Elm Bank Reservation

Norfolk

175 acres

Benjamin Pierce Cheney's property, now run by Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Erving State Forest

Franklin

2,422 acres

The 110-mile (180 km) Metacomet-Monadnock Trail passes through a western parcel of the state forest.

F. Gilbert Hills State Forest

Norfolk

1,030 acres

 

Fall River Heritage State Park

Bristol

14 acres

 

Federated Women's Club State Forest

Worcester

970 acres

 

Fort Phoenix State Reservation

Bristol

1 acre

Revolutionary War fort; 1/2 mile of Buzzards Bay beachfront

Fort Revere Park

Plymouth

6 acres

On Telegraph Hill in Hull, Massachusetts. Remnants of two seacoast fortifications, water tower with observation deck, military history museum and picnic facilities

Francis D. Martini Memorial Shell Park and Moynihan Recreation Area

Suffolk

5.6 acres

Outdoor theatre and play fields

Freetown-Fall River State Forest

Bristol

5,217 acres

The park includes Profile Rock, a granite outcropping which local Native Americans believe to be the image of Chief Massasoit. Also in the forest is a 227-acre (92 ha) Wampanoag reservation

Gardner Heritage State Park

Worcester

0 acres

Restored 19th century fire station with exhibits; closed

Georgetown-Rowley State Forest

Essex

1,041 acres

 

Granville State Forest

Hampden

2,432 acres

 

Great Brook Farm State Park

Middlesex

909 acres

 

Greycourt State Park

Essex

24 acres

The park is built atop the restored ruins of the Charles H. Tenney estate.

Halibut Point State Park

Essex

55 acres

Features a former granite quarry and 60-foot (18 m) tower with coastal views

Hammond Pond Reservation

Middlesex

59 acres

 

Hampton Ponds State Park

Hampden

47 acres

 

Harold Parker State Forest

Essex

3,320 acres

 

Hemlock Gorge Reservation

Middlesex

16 acres

 

Holyoke Heritage State Park

Hampden

7 acres

The park features include a visitor center with exhibits about paper manufacturing and Holyoke's industrial and cultural history.

Hopkinton State Park

Middlesex

1,245 acres

The park features a bathing pond for swimming that is physically separated from the reservoir, where nonmotorized boating is permitted

Horseneck Beach State Reservation

Bristol

815 acres

Popular for its two-mile (3 km) long sandy beach on the shore of Buzzards Bay. Also camping, fishing and a salt marsh.

Jug End State Reservation and Wildlife Management Area

Berkshire

1,191 acres

 

Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest

Franklin

7,405 acres

 

Lake Dennison Recreation Area

Worcester

121 acres

The park is an extension of Otter River State Forest

Lake Lorraine State Park

Hampden

3 acres

 

Lake Wyola State Park

Franklin

42 acres

 

Lawrence Heritage State Park

Essex

0 acres

 

Leominster State Forest

Worcester

4,246 acres

The Midstate Trail runs through the western edge of the forest.

Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest

Middlesex

1,109 acres

 

Lowell Heritage State Park

Middlesex

60 acres

Precursor to Lowell National Historical Park; preserves the city's seminal role in the American Industrial Revolution

Lower Neponset River Trail

Suffolk

2.4 mi

 

Lynn Heritage State Park

Essex

4 acres

 

Lynn Shore Reservation

Essex

22 acres

 

Mahican-Mohawk Trail

BerkshireFranklin

30 mi

In development

Manuel F. Correllus State Forest

Dukes

5,215 acres

In the interior of Martha's Vineyard, the park is the focus of one of the largest environmental restoration projects in the country.

Massasoit State Park

Bristol

1,207 acres

 

Maudslay State Park

Essex

483 acres

 

Middlesex Fells Reservation

Middlesex

2,283 acres

 

Mohawk Trail State Forest

Franklin

7,758 acres

Includes Cold River Virgin ForestNational Natural Landmark

Monroe State Forest

Franklin

3,750 acres

 

Moore State Park

Worcester

737 acres

 

Mount Everett State Reservation

Berkshire

2,492 acres

 

Mount Grace State Forest

Franklin

1,578 acres

 

Mount Greylock State Reservation

Berkshire

12,455 acres

 

Mount Holyoke Range State Park

Hampshire

3,000 acres

 

Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation

Franklin

533 acres

 

Mount Tom State Reservation

Hampden

1,967 acres

 

Mount Washington State Forest

Berkshire

4,619 acres

 

Myles Standish Monument State Reservation

Plymouth

30 acres

A 120-foot (37 m) tower with 125 steps that overlooks Plymouth Harbor and Duxbury Beach.

Myles Standish State Forest

Plymouth

12,029 acres

Pitch pine and scrub oak forest with sixteen ponds for fishing, canoeing, swimming. Camping on four of the ponds, bicycle trails, equestrian trails, and horse camping.

Mystic River Reservation

Middlesex

359 acres

 

Nahant Beach Reservation

Essex

67 acres

 

Nantasket Beach Reservation

Plymouth

39 acres

 

Nashua River Rail Trail

Middlesex

57 acres

 

Nasketucket Bay State Reservation

Plymouth

210 acres

 

Natural Bridge State Park

Berkshire

44 acres

It contains the only natural white marble arch/bridge in North America. The natural bridge spanning Hudson Brook, was formed by glacial melt about 11,000 BC, from 550 million year old bedrock.

Neponset River Reservation

Suffolk

1,880 acres

 

Nickerson State Park

Barnstable

1,967 acres

 

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Hampshire

61 acres

 

October Mountain State Forest

Berkshire

16,460 acres

 

Otter River State Forest

Worcester

1,022 acres

 

Pearl Hill State Park

Middlesex

1,000 acres

 

Pilgrim Memorial State Park

Plymouth

6 acres

Site of Plymouth Rock

Pittsfield State Forest

Berkshire

10,601 acres

 

Pope John Paul II Park Reservation

Suffolk

66 acres

Reclaimed former landfill and commercial area

Purgatory Chasm State Reservation

Worcester

100 acres

The Chasm was created when glacial meltwater from a burst ice dam ripped out blocks of bedrock at the end of the last Ice Age (14,000 years ago).

Quabbin Reservoir

Hampshire

39 sq mi

 

Quincy Quarries Reservation

Norfolk

22 acres

 

Quincy Shores Reservation

Norfolk

87 acres

 

Quinsigamond State Park

Worcester

38 acres

 

Revere Beach Reservation

Suffolk

84 acres

 

Robinson State Park

Hampden

1,025 acres

 

Roxbury Heritage State Park

Suffolk

3 acres

The 1750 Dillaway-Thomas House and a small park

Rumney Marsh Reservation

EssexSuffolk

815 acres

 

Rutland State Park

Worcester

284 acres

Swimming, picknicking and boating.

Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Essex

355 acres

The park's main feature is its 3.8-mile (6.1 km)-long beach, one of the most popular in the Commonwealth.

Sandisfield State Forest

Berkshire

4,190 acres

 

Sandy Point State Reservation

Essex

134 acres

 

Savoy Mountain State Forest

Berkshire

10,457 acres

 

Scusset Beach State Reservation

Barnstable

459 acres

On Cape Cod Bay at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal, a popular swimming and camping area.

Shawme-Crowell State Forest

Barnstable

624 acres

Forested 285 site campground

J.A. Skinner State Park

Hampshire

843 acres

 

South Cape Beach State Park

Barnstable

460 acres

A component of the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve with a one-mile (1.6 km) stretch of beach.

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

NorfolkWorcester

33 acres

22-mile trail from Franklin State Forest to Douglas State Forest

Southwest Corridor Park

Suffolk

221 acres

Greenway of 4.7 miles (7.6 km) that runs South End, Back Bay, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods

Spencer State Forest

Worcester

903 acres

 

Squantum Point Park

Norfolk

46 acres

 

Stony Brook Reservation

Suffolk

616 acres

 

Streeter Point Recreation Area

Worcester

1 acre

Fishing, swimming, picnicking

Sudbury Reservoir

MiddlesexWorcester

4,943 acres

 

Tolland State Forest

Berkshire

4,415 acres

 

Upper Charles River Reservation

MiddlesexNorfolkSuffolk

863 acres

Covers Charles River between Watertown Dam and Riverdale Park, West Roxbury; see also Charles River Reservation

Upton State Forest

Worcester

2,790 acres

Has Civilian Conservation Corps structures

Wachusett Mountain State Reservation

Worcester

2,288 acres

 

Wachusett Reservoir

Worcester

4,135 acres

 

Wahconah Falls State Park

Berkshire

48 acres

 

Walden Pond State Reservation

Middlesex

335 acres

 

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Barnstable

110 acres

 

Ware River Watershed Area

Worcester

23,000 acres

 

Watson Pond State Park

Bristol

163 acres

 

Webb Memorial State Park

Norfolk

59 acres

 

Wells State Park

Worcester

1,445 acres

 

Wendell State Forest

Franklin

8,000 acres

 

Western Gateway Heritage State Park

Berkshire

8 acres

 

Whitehall State Park

Middlesex

837 acres

 

Willard Brook State Forest

Middlesex

2,929 acres

 

Willowdale State Forest

Essex

2,491 acres

 

Wilson Mountain Reservation

Norfolk

215 acres

 

Windsor State Forest

Berkshire

1,824 acres

 

Winthrop Shore Reservation

Suffolk

18 acres

 

Wompatuck State Park

Plymouth

3,579 acres

 

 

Other Sites of Interest

 

San Marcos Memories—disappearing North County San Diego, Ca

www.ellengillisart.com

 

Lake San Marcos—Listing of Vendors and Other Items of Interest to LSM residents

www.lsmdirectory.com

 

Silly Service—38 years of Federal Civil Service Overview (A book in progress)

www.ivanegillis.com

 




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