Douglas State Forest
|Douglas State Forest|
|Massachusetts State Forest|
|Location||107 Wallum Lake Road|
|- elevation||702 ft (214 m) |
|Area||5,525 acres (2,236 ha) |
|Management||Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation|
|Website: Douglas State Forest|
Douglas State Forest is a 5,525-acre (2,236 ha) Massachusetts state forest located in the town of Douglas on the border of both Connecticut and Rhode Island. 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.
The forest lies within the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion and is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
Activities and amenities
- 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.
- "Douglas State Forest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
- "Douglas State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
- Olson, D. M, E. Dinerstein 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.
- Douglas State Forest Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Douglas State Forest Trail Map Department of Conservation and Recreation