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.
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.