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Massachusetts: DAR State Forest
Posted on Thursday, August 25 @ 17:43:21 CDT by iljiana

Horse Rentals & Day Ride Trails Rte. 112,
Goshen
Massachusetts
413 268-7098


DAR State Forest was established in 1929 when the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) donated 1,020 acres to the Commonwealth. Almost 750 additional acres have been acquired since then, including Upper and Lower Highland Lakes.

DAR offers a popular beach for swimming on Upper Highland Lake, and a shady picnic area. A group picnic pavilion can be reserved. The campground offers 50 campsites and a private beach. Wheelchair-accessible campsites are available and may be reserved. A group campsite is also available. Nonmotorized boats may be launched at ramps in both lakes. Ice fishing and skating are popular. More than 15 miles of marked trails wind through the woods, offering year-round opportunities for hiking and horseback riding. In winter these trails are popular with cross country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers.

Things to know before you go…
Campground office hours are 8am–7pm. The regular camping season is from early May to mid-October. The beach has specially-designated areas for swimming. Don't forget you are in bear country: never physically confront, feed, torment or throw anything at bears. Take appropriate precautions with food so as not to attract bears.

Park Directions
D.A.R. State Forest is located in Western Massachusetts.
From north:
Rte I-91 south to Rte. 2 west, Greenfield exits. Follow Rte. 2 west to Rte. 112 south. Follow Rte. 112 south 10 miles to Park Entrance on left.

From south:
Rte. I-91 north to exit 19 in Northampton. Rte. 9 west to Goshen. Turn right onto Rte. 112 north. Park Entrance is 1 mile on the right.

From east and west:
Massachusetts Turnpike (Rte. I-90) to exit 4 and Rte. I-91 north. Rte. I-91 north to exit 19 in Northampton. Follow Rte. 9 west to Goshen. Turn right onto Rte. 112 north. The Park entrance is 1 mile on right.

From West Via Rte.9
Follow Rte.8 & 9, Rte. 9 in Dalton, keep Rte. 9 east untill it joins with Rte 112 North, Left on route 112 North entrance on right.
 
Accessible Beaches
Accessible Boating
Accessible Camping
Accessible Fishing
Accessible Picnicking
Accessible Trails
Accessible Restrooms
Nonmotorized boating
Boat Ramp
Canoeing
Group Day Use
Horseback Riding Trails
Mountain Biking
Showers
Skiing (Cross-Country)
Swimming

For more information
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/darf.htm

 
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