Reservations in Central Massachusetts

Whether you're seeking a lakeside campground, a ridge top with sunset views, or a trail that leads you deep into broken forest, you've come to the right place.

These reservations, each free to the public, comprise more than 2,000 acres from I-495 west to the Connecticut River. And they're all here for your enjoyment and appreciation.

 

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Bear's Den
Neilson Road
New Salem, MA 01355

Take a short walk to a scenic waterfall or the site of an historic mill.

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Brooks Woodland Preserve
East Street
Petersham, MA 01366

Follow miles of footpaths and old farm roads through a massive expanse of diverse forest, pristine streams, and wetlands.

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Cormier Woods
217 Chapin Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

Explore a beautifully preserved farmstead that dates to the 17th century and wander trails that lead past stone walls through restored woodlands.

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Dexter Drumlin
George Hill Road
Lancaster, MA 01523

Wander from to a hilltop meadow offering fine views of historic Lancaster.

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Doane's Falls
Athol Road
Royalston, MA 01368

Descend a short streamside trail and get an up-close experience with a raucous series of plunging falls.

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Doyle Community Park & Center
464 Abbott Avenue
Leominster, MA 01453

Meander along trails that pass through woodlands, meadows, and gardens, all part of an elegant former estate that is also home to the LEED-certified Doyle Center, at state-of the art meeting and special event venue.

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Elliott Laurel
Route 101
Phillipston, MA 01331

In late spring, enjoy the colorful blooms of mountain laurel that give this reservation its name.

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Farandnear
Center Road
Shirley, MA 01464

Near enough for regular visits, but with the feeling of remoteness that will transport you far from your cares, Farandnear live up to its name.

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Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA 01451

Fruitlands Museum is home to five collections on 210 majestic acres of meadows and woods. When you visit Fruitlands Museum you can go on a hike and commune with nature, learn about the lives of the Transcendentalists and Shakers, sit in the Art Museum among Native American or Hudson River School treasures, or be inspired by contemporary exhibits and outdoor sculpture. Fruitlands is a unique gathering place that builds connections between nature, people and culture by offering engaging programs and exhibits.

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Jacobs Hill
Route 68
Royalston, MA 01331

Climb through a forest of beech, hemlock, and birch to reach an unparalleled 
wilderness vista, then explore Spirit Falls as it rolls down the mountainside.

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North Common Meadow
East Street
Petersham, MA 01366

Children love to play in the field of wildflowers then listen for the splash of frogs at the adjacent lily pond.

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Dover, MA

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Quinebaug Woods
Dug Hill Road
Holland, MA 01521

Trace the banks of the serene Quinebaug River looking for frogs and spotted salamanders before ascending a wooded ridge.

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Redemption Rock
Route 140
Princeton, MA 01541

A modest-sized reservation with a momentous history, it was here in April of 1676 that King Philip's War hostage Mary White Rowlandson was returned was Indian captivity.

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Rock House Reservation
Route 9
West Brookfield, MA 01506

Kids will enjoy exploring the jumble of boulders that forms this “house,” beyond which you’ll discover a small, serene pond.

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Royalston Falls
Route 32
Royalston, MA 01331

Follow a descending trail that leads to a deep, ancient gorge carved by prehistoric glacial meltwater to falls that plunge 45 feet into a basin.

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Swift River Reservation
Nichewaug Road
Petersham, MA 01366

A landscape that supported Colonial-era farming has returned to a natural environment of forest and swamp, fields and uplands, laced by seven miles of trails and old roads.

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Tantiusques
Leadmine Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566

Follow a loop trail through quiet woodlands then visit the site of a former lead mine used by Native Americans and, later, European settlers.

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Tully Lake Campground
25 Doane Hill Road
Royalston, MA 01368

Discover real camping adventures in the North Quabbin Region of Central Massachusetts – just an hour and a half from Boston or Springfield.

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