Willowdale State Forest
|Willowdale State Forest|
A view from the trail at Willowdale State Forest
|Location||Ipswich, Topsfield, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States|
|Area||2,491 acres (10.08 km2)|
|Elevation||92 ft (28 m)|
|Governing body||Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation|
|Website||Willowdale State Forest|
Willowdale State Forest is a Massachusetts state forest located in the towns of Hamilton, Topsfield, and Boxford. The area is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The forest's eastern portion sits on the Ipswich River across from Bradley Palmer State Park.
Activities and amenities
- Trails: The forest's 40 miles (64 km) of trails, which include a section of the Bay Circuit Trail, are used for walking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.
- Hood Pond: The 100-acre (40 ha) pond offers opportunities for canoeing and fishing.
- Restricted hunting is available in the portion of the forest west of U.S. Route 1.
- "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- "Willowdale State Forest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Willowdale State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
- Willowdale State Forest Department of Conservation and Recreation