Douglas State Forest

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Coordinates: 42°2′2″N 71°45′45″W / 42.03389°N 71.76250°W / 42.03389; -71.76250
Douglas State Forest
Massachusetts State Forest
Douglas State Forest, Douglas MA.jpg
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Worcester
Town Douglas
Location 107 Wallum Lake Road
 - elevation 702 ft (214 m) [1]
 - coordinates 42°2′2″N 71°45′45″W / 42.03389°N 71.76250°W / 42.03389; -71.76250
Area 5,525 acres (2,236 ha) [2]
Established Unspecified
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Douglas State Forest

Douglas State Forest is a 5,525-acre (2,236 ha)[2] Massachusetts state forest located in the town of Douglas on the border of both Connecticut and Rhode Island. Forest features include Wallum Lake and a rare Atlantic white cedar swamp, 5 acres (2.0 ha) of which are designated as a Massachusetts Wildland.[3]

The forest lies within the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion[4] and is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Activities and amenities[edit]

  • Trails: A 7.8-mile (12.6 km) section of the Midstate Trail, a 92-mile-long (148 km) hiking trail running through central Massachusetts between the Rhode Island and New Hampshire borders, runs through the forest. A portion of the 22-mile-long (35 km) Southern New England Trunkline Trail also runs through the park. Trails are used for hiking, walking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. No motorized vehicles are permitted.
  • Wallum Lake: Facilities on the lake include a swimming beach, bathhouse, and ramp for both motorized and non-motorized boating.
  • The forest also offers picnicking, fishing, restricted hunting, and a group day-use area.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Douglas State Forest". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "2012 Acreage Listing". Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Douglas State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Olson, D. M, E. Dinerstein, et al (2001). "Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth". BioScience 51 (11): 933–938. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2001)051[0933:TEOTWA]2.0.CO;2. 

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