Buffumville Lake is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Charlton, MA that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and canoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Almost 500 acres of land comprise the natural environment at Buffumville Lake. Forms of recreation include fishing, hunting, seven miles of multi-use trails, and group picnic shelters. The lake is also popular for canoeing, kayaking and primitive boat-in camping. Buffumville Lake is a 200-acre (0.81 km2), 5.2-billion-US-gallon (20,000,000 m3) capacity United States Army Corps of Engineers flood control lake project located in Charlton, Massachusetts. The lake and surrounding grounds are open to the public for hiking, boating, fishing, and hunting. A 27-hole frisbee golf course is located next to the lake. Buffumville Lake is managed as a unit with the nearby Hodges Village Dam flood control project. The 92-mile (148 km) Midstate Trail is accessible from the north end of the lake.
Lived on this trail, hour loop on the north side at a good clip, not flat, lots of roots!
Great dog friendly place! Saw beaver, lots of water birds, by noontime too crowded for me but nice and quiet in the morning!
Very nice area all year round. Typically you will come across mountain biker, joggers, and people with dog on and off leash often dirt bikes. Pleasant area to bird watch as well on the loop around the water
The only parking fees are if you use the north lot (near beach) between May and September. The other two lots there are no fees year around.
This is one of my favorite locations. It is close to my house, and depending on my mood I can do 3, 4.5, or a 7+ mile hike. It offers moderate trails do to roots, some rocks, and muddiness. Peak season the bugs can be a bit rough, but that is what "OFF" is for, or come during the cooler months.
Do to being able to do nearly all of the trails with my dogs, this is one of my regulars.