Central Region boasts state and local parks with fun activities all year
7 Industrial Park Road West Sturbridge, MA Phone: 508-347-9316
Swimming, fishing, & picnicking next to reservoir. Boat ramps. Wheelchair access
86 Winchendon Road Baldwinville, MA Phone: 508-939-8962
Camping, water sports, hiking
Season & Hours: May through October; campground office hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Swimming is permitted in designated areas only from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Trail map.
90 Fitchburg Road / Route 31 Leominster, MA Phone: 508-874-2303
Forested property with 2 ponds, swimming, fishing, paddling, skiing & snowmobiling. No camping
The Midstate Trail passes through the western end of the forest. People may do rock climbing at Crow Hill Ledges. Mountain bikers may not use hiking trails. The terrain for mountain bikers includes unpaved fire roads to single track, multi-use trails. Bikers are supported by the New England Mountain Bike Association
A swimming beach at Crow Hill Pond has two picnic areas with tables, grills, and a bathhouse. Lifeguards are on duty from mid-June until Labor Day. Crow Hill Pond is stocked with trout. Kayakers, canoeists, paddlers and fishermen enjoy Paradise Pond. Winter recreation includes snowmobiling, only on unpaved roads and the multi-use trails.
164 Cedar Street Hopkinton, MA, 01748 Phone: 508-435-4303
Located on a reservoir; activities include water sports, hiking, picnicking, skiing and snowmobiling. Boat ramp
Trail system is for all users, including hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and cross country skiers are welcome. Snowmobiles are allowed when snow cover is at least four inches deep.
On busy summer days and holidays, this park may reach its parking capacity and be closed for limited periods of time. For closure updates, follow the park on Twitter at @MassDCR or call 617-626-4973.
159 Walker Pond Rd. Sturbridge, MA, 01566 Phone: 508 347-9257
Best for camping and hiking; swimming beach for campers only; 5 miles from Old Sturbridge Village
107 Wallum Lake Road Douglas, MA Phone: 508-476-7872
Popular state forest on lake with many activities: water sports; horseback riding; hiking trails
The Midstate Trail, a hiking trail through the center of Massachusetts, runs through the park. The park includes a 5-acre expanse of white cedar swampland, and a boardwalk trail to view the swampland.
The park is popular and can reach capacity on some days in summer. To receive a tweet when Douglas State Forest reaches capacity, check Twitter at www.Twitter.com. Enter ”MassDCR” into the search field.
Map of Midstate Trail
West Street Petersham, MA Phone: 978-544-3939
Good for fishing, walking, and nature viewing. No pets allowed.
289 Pearl Street Gardner, MA Phone: 508-632-7897
Water sports on pond; walking trails; Nordic skiing and ice skating. Fully wheelchair accessible
Parking fees: Cars, $5; annual pass, $35 state resident and $45 out of state resident; free for disable veterans and seniors over age 62 with a Massachusetts Senior Citizen Pass.
Map and trails guide
Route 20 and East Brimfield Holland Road East Brimfield, MA Phone:
Long Pond boat launch north side of Route 20. Paved; parking for vehicles with boat trailers. Open year round. Ice fishing access.
Reservoir boat ramp on south side of Route 20. Parking for vehicles with boat trailers. Closed in winter.
Champeaux Road fishing area off Route 148 at north end of reservoir. Shore fishing area with handicap accessible fishing platforms. Open year round. Ice fishing access.
East Brimfield dam site at Riverview Ave off Route 20. Scenic overlook of the reservoir and dam. One-half mile nature trail. Motorized vehicles prohibited. Open to Nordic skiers and snow shoeing. Access for shore fishing. Open year round.
Canoe trail launch area on Pond Bridge Road, where the river flows out of Holland Pond at the upstream end of the canoe trail. Parking and launch at downstream end of trail is available at the Reservor Boat Ramp on Route 20.
Quinebaug River Canoe Trail is a 5-mile flat water canoe route from Holland Pond to East Brimfield Reservoir. It is a potion of the larger Quinebaug River water trail, a series of paddling sections along the Quinebaug and French Rivers in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Lake Siog recreation area off Dug Hill Road. Swimming beach, picnic tables and grills. 3/4 mile nature trail. Open Friday-Sunday from June to Labor Day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission
Holland Pond boat ramp is a gravel boat launch ramp on Pond Bridge Road. Parking for vehicles with boat trailers. Open year round. Ice fishing access.
Grand Trunk Trail has trailhead parking lots on Five Bridge Road and Route 20 in Brimfield. A two-mile long multiple use trail along the former trolley line. Open to snowshoes and cross-country skiing in winter.
East Brimfield Lake nature trail travels through five acres of open fields and pine-hardwood forest.
Map of East Brimfield Lake
Map of East Brimfield Lake Nature Trail
Map of Holland Pond, Lake Siog, and Quinebaug River