Wells State Park

Wells State Park is located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, near the center of the state. It is easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnkpike – simply take exit 9 from either direction and follow the signs. The park encompasses 1,400 acres and is open year round with camping available from May through the middle of October.

This popular state park was established in July, 1968 to preserve the area’s inherent beauty and native species of plants and wildlife. In keeping with this goal all of the trails are for pedestrians, horseback riding and mountain bikes only – no motorized vehicles may be used. There are more than ten miles of established trails throughout the park for hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Wells State Park is simply a great place to relax and unwind while enjoying nature.

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Rutland State Park

Rutland State Park can be found off Route 122 near Long Pond in Rutland, Massachusetts. The office for the park can be reached by phone at (508)886-6333 or by mail at 2 Crawford Rd., Rutland MA 01543. There are several websites online about Rutland State Park where one can find information. One of those sites is www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/rtld.htm.

Activities offered at Rutland State Park include swimming, nonmotorized boating, hiking, picnicking, snowmobiling, biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, scenic viewing area and cross country skiing. About 15 miles of trails wind through the park with varying degrees of difficulty. There are also many fire trails that make their way through the park that visitors can follow for viewing nature or just getting a bit of exercise walking.

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Robinson State Park

Located for the most part in Agawarn, but partially in Westfield and Springfield, Massachusetts, the Robinson State Park is an over 850 acre narrow park donated to Massachusetts by John C. Robinson. The park has many facilities that provide entertaining activities for the whole family, including roughly twenty miles of trails, swimming pond, fishing, picnic areas, canoeing, and kayaking. The park has Native American sites which were called to be preserved in 1989, as were several areas that were called to be environmentally protected zones.

After a two year study, sale of timber was canceled from this area and trees considered to be hazardous to the public, were removed. Many dead red pines are left to provide appropriate habitat for wood peckers and add to the natural beauty of the park. A demonstration area of logging is left on the site for the visitors and it further adds to the diversity of the park.

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