Harold Parker State Forest
|Harold Parker State Forest|
|Massachusetts State Park|
|Towns||Andover, North Andover, North Reading, Middleton|
|Area||3,000 acres (1,214 ha)|
|Management||Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation|
|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.
Activities and amenities
- 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.
- 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.
- "Harold Parker State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- Harold Parker State Forest Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Friends of Harold Parker State Forest