Willowdale State Forest

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Willowdale State Forest
Willowdale State Forest.jpg
A view from the trail at Willowdale State Forest
Map showing the location of Willowdale State Forest
Map showing the location of Willowdale State Forest
Location in Massachusetts
LocationIpswich, Topsfield, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates42°40′30″N 70°54′36″W / 42.67500°N 70.91000°W / 42.67500; -70.91000Coordinates: 42°40′30″N 70°54′36″W / 42.67500°N 70.91000°W / 42.67500; -70.91000
Area2,491 acres (10.08 km2)[1]
Elevation92 ft (28 m)[2]
Governing bodyMassachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
WebsiteWillowdale 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[edit]

  • 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.[3]
  • 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.


  1. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Willowdale State Forest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Willowdale State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 7, 2013.

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