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.
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!
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.