Robinson State Park
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|Robinson State Park|
|Massachusetts State Park|
Westfield River (through the trees)
|Location||North St, Agawam, Massachusetts, USA|
|Area||800 acres (324 ha)|
|Managed by||Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation|
|Nearest city||Agawam, Massachusetts|
|Website : Robinson State Park|
Robinson State Park is a narrow, urban 852-acre (3.45 km2) park located mostly in Agawam, MA and partly in Westfield, MA and West Springfield, MA. The southern bank of the meandering Westfield River creates the northern border of the park. The park's variable levels of terrain and proximity to the Westfield River make it ideal to host a wide variety of species of plants and animals, making it among the most diverse and rarest forests in Massachusetts. The park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
John C. Robinson donated the land to the state of Massachusetts in 1934  to be used for recreational activities. 25 miles of trails and paved roads make the park accessible for strollers and wheelchairs, as well as for walkers, joggers and bikers. A swimming pond and its surrounding beach area is a common draw for park visitors during the summer months.
A variety of wildflowers, some rare, threatened, or endangered exist in the park. Some animals that have been spotted in the park from time to time include fisher cat, otter, beaver, deer, coyote, red fox, bear, egrets, pairs of bald eagles, and moose. Many migratory birds use the park as a place to stop during on their journey, thus many birdwatchers frequent Robinson State Park as the community of birds can change daily.
- Accessible restrooms
- Accessible hiking trails
- Bicycle paths
- Group day use
- Mountain biking
- Scenic viewing area
- Skiing (cross-country)
- Walking trails
- Trail Running
Many walking, biking, sports and nature groups use the park for meetings and activities. The park is also home to the Agawam High School Cross Country (XC) Boys & Girls teams. Their 5K course is considered one of the most challenging and enjoyable courses in western Massachusetts.
From mid-May to early September a parking fee of $5 is charged. Massachusetts residents may purchase a MassParks pass for $35 for the entire 2014 parking season.