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Best trails in Harold Parker State Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Harold Parker State Forest, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 15 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 9 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
Park information
Acreage:
3,000 acres
Contact
978 475-7972
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Top trails (15)
#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 Show more
#2 - Harold Parker Field Pond Loop Trail
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
Harold Parker Field Pond Loop Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near North Reading, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used foShow more
#3 - Brackett Pond and Bear Pond Loop
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 55 m
Brackett Pond and Bear Pond Loop is a 2.1 mile loop trail located near Andover, Massachusetts that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and iShow more
#4 - Brackett Pond Loop
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 28 m
Brackett Pond Loop is a 1.1 mile loop trail located near Andover, Massachusetts that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also ableShow more
#5 - Stearns Pond and Field Pond
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Stearns Pond and Field Pond is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near North Andover, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity oShow more
#6 - Skug River
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 42 m
Skug River is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Andover, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best uShow more
#7 - 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 Show more
#8 - Field Pond
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
Field Pond is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Andover, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activiShow more
#9 - Salem Pond Outer Loop
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
Salem Pond Outer Loop is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near North Andover, Massachusetts that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers aShow more
#10 - Berry Pond via Heart Healthy Trail
Harold Parker State Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 54 m
Berry Pond via Heart Healthy Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Andover, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
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