Harold Parker State Forest

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Harold Parker State Forest
Massachusetts State Park
Stearns Pond, Harold Parker State Forest, North Andover MA.jpg
Stearns Pond
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Essex
Towns Andover, North Andover, North Reading, Middleton
Coordinates 42°37′11.1″N 71°4′49.5″W / 42.619750°N 71.080417°W / 42.619750; -71.080417Coordinates: 42°37′11.1″N 71°4′49.5″W / 42.619750°N 71.080417°W / 42.619750; -71.080417
Area 3,000 acres (1,214 ha)
Founded Unspecified
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location of Harold Parker State Forest
Website: Harold Parker State Forest

Harold Parker State Forest is a Massachusetts state forest located in portions of four towns: Andover, North Andover, North Reading and Middleton. Ponds, swamps, rolling hills, glacial erratics and rocky outcroppings can be found in the 3,000-acre (1,200 ha) forest. The forest features more than 35 miles (56 km) of backwoods roads and trails as well as remnants of 18th-century farming and milling operations. The park is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.[1]

Activities and amenities[edit]

  • Trails: The forest's logging roads and trails (which includes a section of the Bay Circuit Trail) are used for hiking, walking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.[1]
  • Ponds: Fishing and non-motorized boating are available at 11 ponds including Bear, Berry, Brackett, Collins, Delano, Field, Salem, Stearns and Sudden.
  • Camping: The 89-site campground offers campers hot showers and access to swimming. Beaches, camping and restrooms are wheelchair-accessible.
  • The forest also offers picnicking and restricted hunting.


  1. ^ a b "Harold Parker State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 

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