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.
D.A.R. State Forest is located in Western
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.
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