Spencer State Forest, a 965-acres area provides swimming and picnicking facilities on Howe Pond. Other activities offered at Spencer include fishing, canoeing, hiking, Nordic skiing and snowmobiling. The Midstate Trail, a long-distance hiking trail that extends through central Massachusetts to Mt. Watatic in the north, runs close to the park.

Recently explored the section from Greenville St (parking area) to Taft’s Corner (Rt9). Can’t say much about the MST part specifically as the “field section” from uphill start was quite overgrown. Found the adjacent Burncoat area, which connects in spots, more to my liking for technical trail running. Well marked and maps available. Nice loop of about 3 to 4 miles depending on your route.

Not the best for trail options but nice little pond to float in

Not much of a "trail" as it is the side of an apple orchard, perhaps I didn't go far enough. Plenty of ticks with the long grass. We did see two deer though! So that was a plus.

The trail doesn't have a "main parking area" or start really. You have to pick the trail up on the side of the road - look for the yellow triangles on north side road!