Willard Brook State Forest

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Willard Brook State Forest
Massachusetts State Forest
Ashby - Route 119 in Willard Brook SF.jpg
Route 119 passing through
Willard Brook State Forest
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Towns Ashby, Townsend
Elevation 558 ft (170 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°40′00″N 71°46′28″W / 42.66667°N 71.77444°W / 42.66667; -71.77444Coordinates: 42°40′00″N 71°46′28″W / 42.66667°N 71.77444°W / 42.66667; -71.77444 [1]
Highest point Fort Hill
 - elevation 800 ft (244 m)
 - coordinates 42°39′44″N 71°46′53″W / 42.66222°N 71.78139°W / 42.66222; -71.78139
Area 2,929 acres (1,185 ha) [2]
Established 1930
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
 - Headquarters Route 119
 - coordinates 42°40′24″N 71°46′22″W / 42.67333°N 71.77278°W / 42.67333; -71.77278
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Willard Brook State Forest

Willard Brook State Forest is a publicly owned forest with recreational features located in the towns of Ashby and Townsend, Massachusetts. The forest's fast-running brook and tree stands of a classic New England nature give it a character more in line with that of the forests found farther west in the state. It is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.[3]


The forest was established through state purchase of lands in 1930. While no Civilian Conservation Corps camp was established in this state forest, CCC workers from other areas were active here at various times from 1933 to 1940, developing recreational features at Damon Pond and Trap Brook Falls.[4]

Activities and amenities[edit]

Forest trails are available for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. The Friends Trail connects with the campground at Pearl Hill State Park. The forest also offers a campground, picnicking, swimming, fishing, and restricted hunting.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Willard Brook 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 "Willard Brook State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ Beth McKinney, ed. (January 1999). "The Civilian Conservation Corps: A Statewide Survey of Civilian Conservation Corps Resources". Massachusetts Office of Historic Resources. pp. 53–54. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 

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