D.A.R. State Forest
|D.A.R. State Forest|
|Massachusetts State Forest|
|Elevation||1,575 ft (480 m) |
|Area||1,728 acres (699 ha) |
|Management||Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation|
|Website: DAR State Forest|
The D.A.R. State Forest is a Massachusetts state forest located mostly in the town of Goshen with some spillage into neighboring Ashfield. The park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The D.A.R. State Forest is situated between Upper and Lower Highland Lake. The property has 15 miles (24 km) of mixed-use trails through northern hardwood-conifer forest. The campground offers 51 wooded campsites, as well as restroom facilities. The staffed beach on Upper Highland Lake is open thought the summer. The Goshen fire tower provides views of 5 surrounding states.
The D.A.R. State Forest was established in 1929 when the Daughters of the American Revolution donated 1,020 acres (4.1 km2) to the Commonwealth. Since, over 750 additional acres have been acquired.
- Group day use
- Mountain biking
- Nature & birding trails
- Horseback riding trails
- Skiing (cross-country)
- Canoeing, kayaking
- Walking trails
- Accessible for andicapped
- Ice fishing
- "Daughters of the American Revolution State Forest". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey.
- "2012 Acreage Listing". Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- "DAR State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- DAR State Forest Department of Conservation and Recreation
- DAR State Forest Trail Map Department of Conservation and Recreation