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Wells State Park North and South Trail (Red and White)

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Wells State Park

Wells State Park North and South Trail (Red and White) is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sturbridge, Massachusetts that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 439 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Camping

Hiking

Mountain biking

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Wells State Park is a popular 1,400-acre woodland park. The two principal activities are camping and hiking. More than 10 miles of trails cross the property, which are for hiking only; off-road vehicles may not be used. A popular route leads to the scenic vista at Carpenter Rocks from which the eastern section and Walker Pond can be viewed.

Parking and Restrooms are available

Rte. 49 159 Walker Pond Rd. Sturbridge MA 01566 508 347-9257

Park Directions The park is located off of Route 49 in south-central Massachusetts From the East or West: Follow the Mass Pike east (Rte. I-90) to exit #9 in Sturbridge. Take Rte 20 East to Rte. 49. Turn left onto Rte. 49 North. Take the third left onto Walker Pond Rd. Park is located at end of access road From Connecticut: Take Rte. 84 North to Exit 3A in Sturbridge. Take Rte. 20 East to Rte. 49. Turn left onto Rte. 49 North. Take the third left onto Walker Pond Rd. Park is located at end of access road.

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Leah Hoffman
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Really enjoyed this hike last weekend. Was very, very buggy though. I reapplied bug spray multiple times, but it didn't help much.

Joel Rines
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Hiking

I did this trail with my mountain bike, it was a little beyond intermediate, it was a great workout. Lots of rocks in certain spots, be careful. I started on the red trail and merged onto the white, it was a real nice glide/approach to the parking area coming down a nice paved hill.

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J P
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Hiking

Nice hike, pretty easy, bring bug spray!

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Gary Ross
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Hiking

Nice set of trails - well marked. Nice view at Carpenter Rocks. I have returned a number of times and enjoyed it each time.

Daniel Wisniewski
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Hiked on April 2, 2020. Not very busy. Vista was impressive. Otherwise, run of the mill New England forest hike.

Louis Melendez
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Great trail. Lots of leaves. Easy. Great for families and dogs

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Mike -
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Hiking

Wanted to knock the rust off w/something easy - Took red to yellow, then off to Mill Pond. Great outing w/a pretty cool valley view.

Louis Melendez
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Jody Parker-Matt
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It was a beautiful day for a hike. The trail is very nice and well marked. Just have to be careful of all the rocks and roots because they are covered with leaves. Not buggy at all which is always nice.

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Alex Marris
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Hiking

Note: Mid October (10/19/2019 this year) marks the start of hunting season, and we were told by the park ranger that the North Trail is their favorite for deer hunting. If you choose to hike, do so only with bright clothes (bright yellow or other neons other than orange recommended)

Jeff LeBlanc
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Hiking

The trail was well established you follow a paved road for parts of the trail in the beginning. The trail wasn’t muddy except for a few spots but you could navigate around them. Bugs were out but no bites thankfully.

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Gary Tavares
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Hiking

Pretty easy. No steep inclines. A little rocky in a few areas. I kept up a moderate pace and it took me 1hr 20min. Pretty view at the power line.

Aaron Christianson
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Mountain biking

Smooth trail for easy mountain biking . Liked how you can whip thought the trail pretty good declines for a easy track .

Julie S
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Hiking

Very nice, well marked trail to a lovely outlook over a valley. Just steep enough to get my blood pumping. Not too long. Casual hike before a swim or heading back to your campsite.

Chris Dahl
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Hiking

Rolling hills through fairly dense woods. Nice vista of forest from the Rocks. Nice pond.

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Miles Cerra
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Jakub Sadecki
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Hiking

narrow at times.

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Vanessa Whalen
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Hiking

Great hike! Nice tails and beautiful scenery! Amazing views from carpenters rock. Went off trail with some friends to do a little rock climbing. Will definitely be going back again!

Jared Wicklund
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Hiking

We went there this weekend, as inexperienced hikers. We walked the Heart Healthy Mill Pond Trail, which was okay...the "pond" is really a stinky swamp, the first half of the trail gets pretty overgrown at points where you can only fit single file. The last half of the trail opens up and can fit 3-4 people abreast, which was pleasant. We stuck to the paved roads, which were very empty and you could hear vehicles approaching...a good hike. The North and South mountain bike trails look to be a bit overgrown at the entrances, and we didn't venture down them. We decided to try the Mountain Rd. Trail, on the beach side first. Big mistake. It starts out pleasant, if a bit narrow...and then goes vertical at 45 degrees in stages, the first two stages were mild and short, and then you hit a prolonged 10 minute incline, and THEN you hit a 5 minute almost 60 degree climb where you can't stop or you feel like you'll fall backwards. It levels off at the top, and then is a nice pleasant WIDE path on the other side. There is no indication of trail difficulties, and the topographical map doesn't really indicate elevation specifics...just that there is some. Walking the first half of either side would be fine for beginners, but the complete path should only be completed by experienced hikers with a sturdy walking stick. With the highway noise at the turn of the trail, you feel like you're in some dystopian nightmare of neverending incline and mosquitoes. Pleasant park, not a lot of people so you don't have to worry about competing for trails.

Jean Conway
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Hiking

Snow was crunchy for walking. Did not walk the entire trail. Great place for walking during good weather. It's a nice leisurely stroll.

Katie W
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So I didn't do this exact trail. I did the much shorter mill pond trail at this park. It is very accessible especially for strollers if you want to take your little ones. Nice easy walk through the woods. About 1 mile.

Don Kaffen
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Erin K.
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Andy Tabulina
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Olivia Cotton
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Indigo Frost
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Thomas H.
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Indigo Frost
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