Wells State Park (Massachusetts)

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Coordinates: 42°8′47″N 72°4′1″W / 42.14639°N 72.06694°W / 42.14639; -72.06694
Wells State Park
Massachusetts State Park
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Worcester
Town Sturbridge
Elevation 725 ft (221 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°8′47″N 72°4′1″W / 42.14639°N 72.06694°W / 42.14639; -72.06694 [1]
Area 1,445 acres (585 ha) [2]
Biome Oak-hickory forest,
northern hardwood forest,
ledges, lakeshore, wetlands
Plant Red oak, eastern white pine
Established 1968
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Wells State Park

Wells State Park, is a state park located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The park, managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, features a campground, swimming beach, trails, and picnic areas.[3] Wells State Park is located off Massachusetts Route 49. The property includes frontage on Walker Pond, the scenic metamorphic rock cliff face of Carpenter Rocks, and groves of eastern white pine. Terrain is rugged with ledges interspersed between wetlands. Woodlands are of the oak-hickory forest and northern hardwood forest types.

History[edit]

Wells State Park was opened on July 19, 1968. Carpenters rock was named after John Carpenter, who built and operated a nearby saw mill.

Recreation[edit]

Park recreational opportunities include boating, bicycling, mountain biking, swimming, camping, horseback riding, picnicing, hiking, hunting (in season), fishing, ice skating, cross county skiing. ATVs are not allowed in the park.

The park campground has sixty sites and a dump station. The swimming beach is for camperground users only. During the summer, Wells State Park has an interpretive program which includes guided walks, hikes, recreational activities, and evening campfire programs.

More than 10 miles (16 km) of trails traverse the property. Most notable is a route leading to the cliffs of Carpenter Rocks; vistas include the eastern section of Walker Pond and surrounding wooded valley.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wells State Park". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing". Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Wells State Park". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 

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