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Leominster State Forest is a 4,300-acre parcel of forested land, located in the five towns of Westminster, Princeton, Leominster, Fitchburg and Sterling in North Central Massachusetts. The forest is conveniently located off of Rte 2 (exit 28), is an easy drive for local residents, and convenient from the Boston and Worcester communities. Parking is available along Rte. 31 in several areas. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, parking fees are charged in the paved parking lots. The forest offers recreational opportunities year round, ranging from mountain biking and swimming in the summer to cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Nature lovers will enjoy the numerous hiking trails, the prolific mountain laurel bloom in late June, early July and the opportunity to observe all kinds of wildlife.

great little trail, unfortunately no view.

hiked this on 4/14 with my husband, mother in law, friend and her 3 year old son, and our lab. we missed the turn off so ended up doing it in reverse. it is not marked very well. pretty easy hike. very muddy on this day. very quiet; we saw no one else on the trail but did see others on Paramenter Street. parking is great - we entered Elm Street at Paramenter St in Leominster on GPS and found it easily.

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4 months ago

See my review under Crow Hills Trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Delightful area to hike in winter. The loop up to and across the Crow Hills ledges offers a beautiful view point across the lakes and woodland below. Definitely recommend microspikes. There are impressive ice falls and 10+ foot icicles on the ledges. Be wary if temperature is rising. On last visit a huge section of an ice fall crashed down with a roar and sent soccer ball size ice chunks hurling down the trail.

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11 months ago

I had to be in Leominster today so wanted to try a new spot. Very cool place . 1/2 of trail is fairly easy dirt road . However when you hit the ledges there are some very steep hearty trails that give you the feel of real mountain climbing . I think I'd like to do it again

11 months ago

simple

nice trail with nice scenery

Saturday, May 27, 2017

very steep but a short hike with a great view

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Such a beautiful hike for a quick ascent. The same view can be seen from a few different spots but the top is the best!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pretty view, good after work hike on the way home.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Excellent view.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Nice cliffs for beginner climbing. Was able to do this at age 7/8. Great experience I will never forget.

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Sunday, July 06, 2014

I took a figure 8 approach to this park. I started in the parking lot nearest the swimming area, then picked up the trail out to the Crow Ledges. This is a very steep uphill, with some nice rock formations at the end. I looped back to the swimming area, then took the Ball Hill Trail. That has a longer but slower ascent.

hiking
Friday, September 14, 2012

Ball hill trail was a great hike. Nothing too strenuous but very enjoyable.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Had a total blast. Took some great pics too. Great Sunday workout.

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2011

Ball Hill Trail is a bit more than 4 miles long, and begins and ends at the parking lot near the beach. Some parts of the trail are fairly steep.

We found the trail poorly maintained, with ferns growing close to the sides of the trail and much of the soil washed out among the rocks in the hilly sections. We also encountered a lot of water on the trail, both in mud puddles and trickling across our path. I had encountered this problem here before during the spring, but didnt anticipate how much water the week's rain would leave on the trail. We came out with muddy shoes and legs, and damp socks.

The trail crosses at least 6 stone walls and passes through some pretty clearings full of ferns and some interesting boulders. I wondered what the land was used for before it became part of the state forest. The coolest part of this hike was seeing toads hopping across the trail at regular intervals on some of the low parts of the trail.

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Monday, September 05, 2011

Beautiful place to hike, many different trails to hike and the trails are great.

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