Best trails in Harold Parker State Forest, Massachusetts

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Looking for a great trail in Harold Parker State Forest, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 10 easy trails in Harold Parker State Forest ranging from 1.1 to 3.2 miles and from 95 to 285 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Harold Parker State Forest, Massachusetts
Park information
Acreage:
3,000 acres
Contact
978 475-7972
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Top trails (16)
#1 - Harold Parker Loop Trail
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 16.6 mi • Est. 7 h 14 m
Please note: users have reported the trail is closed due to dam construction. This Forest, 20 miles north of Boston, has some really incredible mountain bike trails within its boundaries. There are a variety of trails from roads to paths to single track covering over 35 miles. Use the included map to guide you on a loop around the circumference of the main trails which passes by several bodies of water where you can also watch for birds. There are plenty of trails that twist in and out of the track, too many to make turn for turn directions. Use the track and your phone to guide your trail choices depending on if you are hiking or biking.Show more
#2 - Harold Parker Field Pond Loop Trail
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 8.0 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
#3 - Brackett Pond and Bear Pond Loop
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 55 m
#4 - Brackett Pond Loop
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 28 m
#5 - Skug River
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 42 m
#6 - Harold Parker (East) and Salem Pond Loop
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Dogs are allowed off-leash on Harold Parker trails but must be leashed in the parking lot and campgrounds. This particular loop keeps you mostly on narrow, winding, wooded trails that are great for a few walkers and their dogs.Show more
#7 - Stearns Pond and Field Pond
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
#8 - Field Pond
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
#9 - Salem Pond Outer Loop
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
#10 - Collins Pond, Brackett Pond and Delano Pond
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 44 m
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