Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest

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Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro
State Forest
Massachusetts State Forest
Nickname: Lowell Dracut
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Towns Lowell, Dracut, Tyngsboro
Elevation 151 ft (46 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°39′47″N 71°22′03″W / 42.66306°N 71.36750°W / 42.66306; -71.36750Coordinates: 42°39′47″N 71°22′03″W / 42.66306°N 71.36750°W / 42.66306; -71.36750
Area 1,109 acres (449 ha) [2]
Established 1941
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro
State Forest

Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest is a publicly owned forest with recreational features measuring 1,109 acres (449 ha) that overlap the towns of Lowell, Dracut and Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. The forest, which includes some 180 acres (73 ha) of ponds, swamps and wetlands, is maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.[3]

History[edit]

The area that makes up the state forest originally belonged to the Mohawk, Huron, and Wowenocks Native Americans. It was later colonized by western settlers before becoming the Pawtucket Falls Indian Reservation.[4] In 1941, Thomas Varnum sold several hundred acres of Hawk Valley Farm to the state for the creation of Lowell-Dracut State Forest.[5]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The forest offers fishing and restricted hunting in addition to six miles of trails used for hiking, mountains biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.[3] Motorized vehicles are restricted to seasonal snowmobiles. Park access points are found at Trotting Park Road, Gumpus Road, Totman Road, Fellows Lane, and Althea Avenue.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lowell-Dracut State Forest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ Wagner, Patricia (June 5, 1972). "Indians make move to regain part of Lowell-Dracut forest as reservation". Lowell Sun. Retrieved May 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Fitzsimons, Gregory Gray (April 1, 2014). "Hawk Valley Farm" (PDF). Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust. p. 47. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest". New England Mountain Bike Association. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 

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