Wendell State Forest

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Wendell State Forest
Massachusetts State Forest
Ruggles Pond.JPG
Beaver activity on Ruggles Pond
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Franklin
Town Wendell
Coordinates 42°33′0″N 72°27′11″W / 42.55000°N 72.45306°W / 42.55000; -72.45306Coordinates: 42°33′0″N 72°27′11″W / 42.55000°N 72.45306°W / 42.55000; -72.45306
Area 7,566 acres (3,062 ha)
Established Unspecified
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Wendell State Forest

Wendell State Forest is a Massachusetts state forest located in the town of Wendell. The 7,566-acre (3,062 ha) parcel occupies a forested and hilly upland plateau south of the Millers River and west of the Quabbin Reservoir. Park roads were developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.[1]

Activities and amenities[edit]

  • Ponds: The day-use area at 10-acre (4.0 ha) Ruggles Pond offers swimming, fishing and a picnic area. The southern end of Ruggles Pond has beaver activities, while the northern end has human activities. Wickett Pond has a boat ramp at its northern end.
  • Trails: Trails are used for walking, hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Backcountry camping is available at a lean-to along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail.
  • The forest is also used for hunting (in season) and forest product extraction.


  1. ^ "Wendell State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Adirondack type lean-to along the M & M Trail just north of Ruggles Pond