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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.

Trails were poorly marked, nothing particularly interesting or beautiful along this trail and there was the constant sound of gunfire from the sporting club nearby. Not worth the $5 parking fee

Always clean and friendly environment.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Very hard and extremely addicting

Nice scenery with wide trails.

Great trail. Awesome views.

walking
9 months ago

I did the full loop with my three year old son today. He was able to walk almost the whole way on his own and we had a great time. There are about 6 or 7 parking spaces right at the entrance.

This was definitely one of my longest walk yet but will definitely keep on improving and this place was a wonderful time

hiking
10 months ago

Its $5 to park for the day at the parking lot. We started the trail near the gate instead of at the back of the parking lot. At the beginning, there were some interesting rock outcroppings and then halfway through it was more water features, swamps, ponds. We had to cross or walk a short distance on roads four times. The roads a not heavily travelled but they are narrow. The end took us through a paved camping area. For a weekend day, we did not see many people on the trails. The trail was not marked so spent a lot of time checking my phone as there were many intersecting trails (hence the missing star). I don't think this should be rated as moderate as it was pretty easy. Nice place. One could make it as short or as long as one wanted.

Trails are not labelled other then that not a bad hike. I would say more moderate then hard

no signs to guide you but all tracks leads to trails and to roads. i paid too much attention to if i was following the planned route but i gave up. I couldn't get lost in the wilderness.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The side of the street opposite Stearns pond is not even really a trail.

hiking
Friday, January 06, 2017

It was ok for me, not great. Lots of in and out short trails that all lead back to the main road. A good place for a walk with a dog- not so exciting by yourself! At least the ice had almost entirely melted.

hiking
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Just time for a short loop with our dog. A little icy in spots. Only saw 3 bikers.

hiking
Friday, November 25, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

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

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Exhilirating

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

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

Love this place

hiking
Saturday, April 02, 2016

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

Thursday, November 05, 2015

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.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Dog friendly park. My lab loves to hike with us

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Nice

walking
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

beautiful

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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
Friday, July 27, 2012

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.

hiking
Friday, July 13, 2012

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

hiking
Monday, June 18, 2012

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.

hiking
10 days ago

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