Wendell State Forest

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Wendell State Forest
Ruggles Pond.JPG
Beaver activity on Ruggles Pond
Map showing the location of Wendell State Forest
Map showing the location of Wendell State Forest
Location in Massachusetts
LocationWendell, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates42°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
Area7,566 acres (30.62 km2)
OperatorMassachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
WebsiteWendell 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.
Adirondack type lean-to along the M & M Trail just north of Ruggles Pond


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

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