Buffumville Lake Loop

MODERATE 16 reviews

Buffumville Lake Loop is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Charlton, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and canoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

canoeing

hiking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

bugs

muddy

Almost 500 acres of land comprise the natural environment at Buffumville Lake. Forms of recreation include fishing, hunting, seven miles of multi-use trails, and group picnic shelters. The lake is also popular for canoeing, kayaking and primitive boat-in camping. Buffumville Lake is a 200-acre (0.81 km2), 5.2-billion-US-gallon (20,000,000 m3) capacity United States Army Corps of Engineers flood control lake project located in Charlton, Massachusetts. The lake and surrounding grounds are open to the public for hiking, boating, fishing, and hunting. A 27-hole frisbee golf course is located next to the lake. Buffumville Lake is managed as a unit with the nearby Hodges Village Dam flood control project.

hiking
17 days ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

Fun trail, with a number of water crossings. Would be better with hiking poles. I ended up a little wet/muddy.

1 month ago

not at all dog friendly the back side of trail is washed out and many trees down poor trail marks tons of poison ivy everywhere

1 month ago

2 months ago

Lots of outside activities even frisbee golf. Love that my dog doesn't need a leash. Beach gets busy in summer but if you walk around pond there is a cool bridge to dip your feet from. Also it hosts beavers at one side of lake and they are usually not shy

hiking
8 months ago

Lived on this trail, hour loop on the north side at a good clip, not flat, lots of roots!

8 months ago

10 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
Saturday, April 09, 2016

Great dog friendly place! Saw beaver, lots of water birds, by noontime too crowded for me but nice and quiet in the morning!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Very nice area all year round. Typically you will come across mountain biker, joggers, and people with dog on and off leash often dirt bikes. Pleasant area to bird watch as well on the loop around the water

hiking
Saturday, March 12, 2016

hiking
Sunday, November 03, 2013

The only parking fees are if you use the north lot (near beach) between May and September. The other two lots there are no fees year around.

This is one of my favorite locations. It is close to my house, and depending on my mood I can do 3, 4.5, or a 7+ mile hike. It offers moderate trails do to roots, some rocks, and muddiness. Peak season the bugs can be a bit rough, but that is what "OFF" is for, or come during the cooler months.

Do to being able to do nearly all of the trails with my dogs, this is one of my regulars.

hiking
Wednesday, October 30, 2013