This 2660 acre forest offers visitors a natural diversity of flora and fauna accented with historically significant contributions of the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC). The focal point of the forest is located at 205 Westboro Road in Upton, where visitor parking, the main trail head and park information is available. One has the opportunity to survey the grounds and exterior of a number of CCC structures located at this site. Upton State Forest is a Carry-In Carry-Out facility, so we ask visitors to take home all their trash. While the forest is unstaffed, it is open to the public year-round at no charge. Trail users can enjoy numerous recreational opportunities for hiking, casual walking, horse back riding, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) are prohibited at the forest. Upton State Forest is part of the Miscoe, Warren, Whitehall Watershed Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).
I have hiked here for years. A few years ago they made it on leash for dogs which I personally think is great for the main trail which is the one most travelled. I take some of the small out of the way trails and will unleash there. I maybe run into a few hikers a few times a year on the off trails. The big loop is wonderful to run on and isn't horribly tough as long as you go right at the main fork. I made the mistake the 1st time of taking the left in the fork and ended up walking up 'that hill'. You only make that mistake once lmao Quiet area but can be a bit buggy during that time of year or towards dusk. Still one of my favorite places to hike though.
My first time out. Much harder than I thought! HUGE hill at the 2 mile mark. Turned into a part hike. At first, a dragonfly landed on me and I thought I had a chance..... Nope. All in all.... A good experience. Will come back now that I know what to expect.
Use the loop trail 3-4 times a week. Love it. Peaceful, clean, easy walk. Took Nuthatch Trail with my husband last weekend. It has some spots with hills...great workout. Also snow shoe there in the winter. Well marked....maps and parking available. A GREAT SPOT
Excellent trails to walk with dog. Wide, so less likely to get ticks on you.
Note: This park is Dogs Must be leashed. I was walking with my dog (leashed) on Sat. 8/9/14 and a German Shephard came out of nowhere and attacked my dog (we were on Whitehall Rd trail). The attach drew blood! I was hollering and quite scared. Two joggers came by about 3 minutes later and the dog resumed his run with them. Neither of these 2 men called the dog over or acknowledged that their dog had attached mine. Boy was I and am I totally pissed. This is very ignorant behavior. Please beware of this German Shepherd off leash with Runners.
Had a great day at this state forest. I took the Loop Road to the Middle Road, then to Whistling Cave. Whistling Cave ends on Park Rd (not really roads, wide everyone type paths). I then took Park around to the Nuthatch trail, back to Loop Road to finish off. Was about 5.5 miles. Had a few hills, one decent hill. Had to work my way over some streams (early spring). It was lovely.