Douglas State Forest

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Douglas State Forest
Massachusetts State Forest
Douglas State Forest entry sign.jpg
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Worcester
Town Douglas
Elevation 702 ft (214 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°2′2″N 71°45′45″W / 42.03389°N 71.76250°W / 42.03389; -71.76250Coordinates: 42°2′2″N 71°45′45″W / 42.03389°N 71.76250°W / 42.03389; -71.76250
Area 5,525 acres (2,236 ha) [2]
Established before 1934
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Douglas State Forest

Douglas State Forest is a 5,525-acre (2,236 ha)[2] Massachusetts state forest located in the town of Douglas. It borders both Connecticut and Rhode Island and is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Forest features include Wallum Lake and a rare Atlantic white cedar swamp, 5 acres (2.0 ha) of which are designated as a Massachusetts Wildland.[3] The forest lies within the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion.[4]

Activities and amenities[edit]

Picnic area
  • Trails: A 7.8-mile (12.6 km) section of the Midstate Trail, a 92-mile-long (148 km) hiking trail running through central Massachusetts between the Rhode Island and New Hampshire borders, runs through the forest. A portion of the 22-mile-long (35 km) Southern New England Trunkline Trail also runs through the park. Trails are used for hiking, walking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. No motorized vehicles are permitted.
  • Wallum Lake: Facilities on the lake include a swimming beach, bathhouse, and ramp for both motorized and non-motorized boating.
  • The forest also offers picnicking, fishing, restricted hunting, and a group day-use area.[3] At the southwest extreme of the park the tri-state marker, where Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are cojoined, may be reached by a short offshoot of the mid-state trail.[5]


In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) installed major improvements to the state forest, including a picnic pavilion, an administrative building, and water management infrastructure.[6]


  1. ^ "Douglas State Forest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Douglas State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Olson, David M.; et al. (2001). "Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth". BioScience. 51 (11): 933–938. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2001)051[0933:TEOTWA]2.0.CO;2. Archived from the original on 2011-10-14. 
  5. ^, accessdate = 14 November 2016
  6. ^, accessdate = 14 November 2016

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