No one should tour the lovely town of Douglas, MA, without visiting Douglas State Forest. Douglas State Forest is a publicly owned recreational landmark located at 107 Wallum Lake Rd, Douglas, MA 01516. The 5,525-acre park sits on the border of both Rhode Island and Connecticut. Visitors from those states and southern Massachusetts residents have easier access to the popular tourist destination.
Things to Do at Douglas State Forest
Wallum Lake and a rare Atlantic White Cedar swamp are two top destinations for nature lovers and explorers. Other outdoor recreational day activities include boating, fishing, picnicking, mountain biking, hiking trails, horseback riding, and camping. All activities are scheduled during Douglas State Forest hours.
Douglas State Forest Camping
Camping is allowed at a shelter along Douglas State Forest camping trails. From there, you can walk or hike trails, go fishing, canoeing, or mountain biking. Wallum Lake is the recommended spot for swimming, paddling, or boating. Campers have hiked along the Midstate Trail to Rhode Island. Hikers up to the challenge have hiked to where Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts meet.
Douglas State Forest Trails
Cedar Swap, Midstate, Coffeehouse Loop, and Bird Blind Trails are among the suggested signature Douglas State Forest trails.
1. Cedar Swamp Trail Walk
The Cedar Swamp Trail is a .7-mile walk. Difficulty: Easy. The trail leads through what used to be a granite quarry to a boardwalk, then through a shady cedar swamp. The Trail signposts along the way explain many of the natural features. Cedar Swamp Trailhead is located at 107 Wallum Lake Road.
2. The Midstate Trail Walk
The Midstate Trail walk is not for the faint of heart. The entire 91 mile-trail trail stretches from Rhode Island to New Hampshire through Douglas State Forest. The Douglas State Forest portion of the trail is 7.8 miles long! Difficulty: Moderate.
3. Bird Blind Trail
Bird Blind Trail is the newest trail and only .25 miles long Difficulty: Easy. The distance is most appropriate for families or those just wanting to stretch their legs. Plow your way through different bird habitats until you arrive at the main attraction, Bird Blind. Bird Blind is a structure built for birdwatchers to observe birds.
Douglas State Forest hours are 8 AM-9 PM (sunrise to sunset) every day except Thursdays. Parking is available for a fee. Be sure to download or uplift a trail map from the onsite Nature Center to find your way. Also, review the Things You Need to Know Before You Go guidelines or call (508) 476-7872 for more info.
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