Outdoor Basecamp

Wells State Park

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May
28

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.

Rutland State Park

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May
28

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.

Robinson State Park

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May
28

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.

Pearl Hill State Park

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May
28

Pearl Hill State Park offers guests a campground that boasts some of Massachusetts’ most private and largest campsites. All of these gorgeous camping spots sit beneath lush canopies of statelypine trees. One of this state park’s unique amenities is the newly-constructed bathhouse facilities. Add to this the exceptional level of woodland hiking, the miles of challenging and beautiful hiking trails, and the abundant opportunities for great swimming and antiquing experiences, and it is easy to see why so many people enjoy spending time at Pearl Hill State Park.

This state park offers a wealth of fun things to do and see. Guests to the park can enjoy mountain biking, riding horses, relaxing at the comfort station, taking showers, having easy access to pay telephones, interpretive programs, picnicking, playing with leashed pets, fishing, and many other leisure activities.

Great Brook Farm State Park

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May
28

Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle, MA was founded in 1967 and has a combination of history, adventure and relaxing fun. People of all ages revel in the scented country air and the wonders of nature that surround them at this 1,000 acre park.

Visit the cuddly petting zoo and let your children pet the pigs, sheep, goats, ducks and chickens. There are feed machines for 25 cents so your children can also feed the animals. Then take a nature walk and see all the other natural wonders in the vicinity. Once you work up an appetite, have a hot dog and cool off with a freeze or creamsicle drink. Have an ice cream treat choosing from among 60 flavors. Alternatively, eat some sherbet, sorbet, yogurt, banana split or a peanut butter M&M sundae at the park. The ice cream stand also has bottles of honey from local bee hives. Duffy’s cranberry bog is also within a short walking distance from Great Brook Farm State Park.

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