Harold Parker State Forest, which lies in Andover, North Andover, North Reading and Middleton, comprises just over 3,000 acres of Central Hardwood-Hemlock-White Pine type of forest. The forest is twenty miles north of Boston and within one hour's drive of three million people. Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping and picnicking. The forest has over 35 miles of logging roads and trails and offers quiet seclusion to off-road hikers and bikers. Non-motorized boating is allowed on any of the 11 ponds. No horse, boat or bike rentals are available at the facility.

Walked to Berry Pond with my dog Nova, very pretty and peaceful.

Standard trail. Hard to navigate without a map. Not a lot of different sites. Foliage was nice though

mountain biking
5 months ago


5 months ago

Good! Nice scenic walk, not too difficult. No trail markers though.

5 months ago

Love this place

Easy hike with many trails. Bring a map and explore. Many satellite marsh ponds with beaver lodges and dams. I love this area.

It's nice and beautiful but trails are poorly marked. Map is ok need to have gps. Hunting is also taking place in area dress brightly.

Dog friendly park. My lab loves to hike with us


2 years ago

Large state forest with lots of ponds and trails. I am not familiar with the trails and they are poorly marked, I found bringing a phone and using current location on the map portion of the app helpful, there are Many trails connecting to other trails which were not marked. This helped me find my way back to my car. Bring bug spray, The bugs and Mosquitos were terrible, I was eaten alive!

mountain biking
4 years ago

I have either MTB and hiked these trails many times and can say that while the side trails are not marked well you can find your way around pretty easily. There are some hard trails as well as some easier, there is even a gravel path and a paved path you can ride on. Many different sections of the park to enjoy, you could be there all day and not do all the trails. Parking lots are usually full, but could be out on the trail and not see anyone until I return from to lot.

Decent loop not too far from Bsoton, but too buggy and badly marked to compete with places like Blue Hills, and The Fells which offer much more difficult terrain and better marked and maintained trails

Very difficult to fine trail blazes they are few and far between. A few trails need some major clearing hard to spot changes in the trails.