Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest
|Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest|
|Massachusetts State Forest|
|Nickname: Lowell Dracut|
|Towns||Lowell, Dracut, Tyngsboro|
|Elevation||151 ft (46 m) |
|Area||1,109 acres (449 ha) |
|Management||Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation|
|Website: Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest|
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest is a 1,109-acre (449 ha) recreational preserve overlapping the three Massachusetts towns of Lowell, Dracut and Tyngsborough. The forest, which includes some 180 acres (73 ha) of ponds, swamps and wetlands, is maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
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.
Activities and amenities
- Access: The main entrance (parking available) is at Trotting Park Road in Lowell while other access points are found on Gumpus Road (Lowell), Totman Road (Lowell and Dracut), Fellows Lane (Dracut), and Althea Avenue (Tyngsboro).
- Trails: The forest has six miles of trails used for hiking, mountains biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
- Fishing and restricted hunting are also offered.
- Motorized vehicles are prohibited except for seasonal snowmobiles.
- "Lowell-Dracut State Forest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
- "Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
- Wagner, Patricia (June 5, 1972). "Indians Make Move to Regain Part of Lowell-Dracut forest as reservation". Lowell Sun. Retrieved 28 May 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest". NEMBA (New England Mountain Bike Association). Retrieved February 7, 2014.
- Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest Trail Map Department of Conservation and Recreation