Brimfield State Forest

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Brimfield State Forest
Massachusetts State Forest
Dean Pond Recreation Area, Brimfield State Forest, Brimfield MA.jpg
Dean Pond Recreation Area
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Hampden
Towns Brimfield, Monson, Wales
Elevation 978 ft (298 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°06′00″N 72°14′56″W / 42.10000°N 72.24889°W / 42.10000; -72.24889Coordinates: 42°06′00″N 72°14′56″W / 42.10000°N 72.24889°W / 42.10000; -72.24889 [1]
Area 3,523 acres (1,426 ha) [2]
Established Unspecified
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Brimfield State Forest

Brimfield State Forest is a Massachusetts state forest located in and around the town of Brimfield in Hampden County, Massachusetts. The forest includes Dean Pond Recreation Area, a popular spot for fishing, picnicking and swimming. The park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.[3]

Activities and amenities[edit]

  • Trails: Over 20 miles (32 km) of roads and trails are used for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing.
  • Day-use area: Dean Pond Recreation Area offers a 100-foot-long (30 m) swimming beach, picnic grounds, and fully accessible restrooms.
  • The forest also offers fishing and restricted hunting.

In the news[edit]

Following a tornado in 2011, the Dean Pond Recreation Area was closed for two years. It reopened in 2013.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brimfield State Forest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Brimfield State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Stabile, Lori (June 21, 2013). "Dean Pond in Brimfield reopening; park has been closed since June 2011 tornado". The Republican (MassLive LLC). Retrieved September 15, 2014. 

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