Explore the most popular trails in Upton State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This 2660 acre forest offers visitors a natural diversity of flora and fauna accented with historically significant contributions of the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC). The focal point of the forest is located at 205 Westboro Road in Upton, where visitor parking, the main trail head and park information is available. One has the opportunity to survey the grounds and exterior of a number of CCC structures located at this site. Upton State Forest is a Carry-In Carry-Out facility, so we ask visitors to take home all their trash. While the forest is unstaffed, it is open to the public year-round at no charge. Trail users can enjoy numerous recreational opportunities for hiking, casual walking, horse back riding, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) are prohibited at the forest. Upton State Forest is part of the Miscoe, Warren, Whitehall Watershed Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).

Small parking lot; could be busy on weekends Shady, but as a result a bit buggy; bug spray a must Trails are mostly dirt with pine straw/needles; some small rocks and tree roots All trails seem fairly well marked

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bugs
muddy
over grown
30 days ago

wide, clean, grassy trail with lots of shade

Great trail with beautiful views all around the water. Fun for trail runs or just a walk to find a good spot for a picnic or to watch the kayakers, boaters, and fishers. Can access multiple islands via kayak or boat

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washed out
3 months ago

Loop Road to Bridge Road and back. I was unable to make a loop with Whitehall Road, as Bridge Road was totally flooded about 1/3 mile in from Loop Rd. Nice walk, but a disappointment due to washout.

Lots of small ponds along the way, and one deep incline for a good workout, could also hear the wildlife during the walk, would definitely recommend!

This might be my new favorite spot! Lots of trail options, clearly marked. Saw a whole two people in the 2 hours I was there.

Trail was good just a lil muddy. But a fantastic trail for a hike

Great trail some spots really icy need crampons

hiked out to Whitehall lake

Great dirt road, enough elevation change to make it aerobic and long enough to be fun. Lots of friendly people and dogs. Make sure you take a few of the side trails. Mammoth Rock is very interesting and Dean Pond is beautiful.

Made two loops, first just followed loop and park trails around, second followed swamp, mammoth rock, grouse, and whistling cave. Park and Loop trails are nice and easy to walk around, great starting point, probably 3 stars on their own. The real fun were the outer-lying trails, definitely 4 starts, would most certainly go back. Still fairly easy trails, mostly level terrain excluding a few areas, but much more enjoyable.

I enjoyed this trail for a family hike. Wide enough for us all to walk together. It is good for dogs too! A bit icy. Only one big hill st the end of the loop. Good hike fir hikers of all levels

A nice wide walking trail with hiking trail offshoots. I can see it being good for mountain biking and cross country skiing. The hill on Deans pond is the only short moderate part of all of the graded road parts, but all a nice walk. I would like to come back and explore some more of the single track side trails. Scenic this time of year!

hiking
10 months ago

First time unplanned exploration so this review is just based on a very small piece of the forest. We spent most of our time on the old cart roads but the few single track trails we found we're more of a 4 star rating. Whisteling Caves Trail was the highlight of this short hike. l look forward to exploring more.

hiking
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

This is a great walk through the woods. I definitely prefer heading toward the pond via Park Road to Dean Pond Road and back Loop Road, rather than the reverse direction. Park Road has lots of loose rock, making climbing more difficult. Also, the climb up Park Road is almost a half mile long, with the corresponding half-mile descent. I prefer to do the steeper section during the first half of my hike. Loop Road consists of a lot of shorter ascents, with level stretches between. Overall, this is one of my favorite hilly walks, and I come here often.

walking
Sunday, September 02, 2018

This is one of my favorite 3 mile walks. Nice & shady on hot days. Beautiful foliage in the fall. Be careful after a hard rainfall, as the many cobbles and rocks on Park Road can be slippery. Pretty scenery, especially at Dean Pond.

hiking
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Nice, no litter but a few dog poop bags ! Why pick it up only to leave plastic bag behind ? Otherwise really enjoyable. Whistling Cave trial was my favorite. Will definitely be back.

hiking
Saturday, April 14, 2018

I am a veterinary student in Grafon, MA and love bringing my dog here for study break walks/hikes. Mammoth Trail and Whistling Rock Caves are our favorites when we are feeling a bit adventurous. Taking a walk down to the pond is also an easy relaxing trip.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Very nice winter hike. I altered the route and was glad I did. Instead of coming back on Park Loop Road, I took the Whistling Cave Trail. Besides being able to see the Whistling Cave, this trail was much less traveled and has a more rustic vibe. There are a few small brooks you have to cross when the water is higher . There are some beautiful rock formations there too! PS wear some micro spiked if going in the winter. There are some icy areas.

walking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Awesome so much to see...no problems with bugs...so pleasant...my little dogs didn't make it too far but we did the Mamoth Rock so I was happy...i will be back!!!

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wonderful spot . Took Middle Road to Dean Pond .Nice shade .Awesome rock structures. Pond is lovely. Accidentally came back on Park Road which is less scenic and less shade. Plus 1/2 of Park Road is almost all uphill . Nice dry trails. Would come again

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Explored the main loop of the forest and checked out the whistling "cave". Easy, well-marked hike recommended for those with dogs or small children.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Gorgeous day to be hiking, and a lovely park to do it in! A little muddy in some spots, but overall great trails and well-marked.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Well maintained trail with lovely scenery.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

I hunt here and the woods are beautiful. Tons or wildlife to watch and observe and lots of trails that are great for walking and hiking.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Nice hike. Two beaver huts.

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