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Rehoboth State Forest
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Rehoboth State Forest, nestled in southeastern Massachusetts, is a captivating natural haven that offers a serene escape from urban life. With its enchanting woodlands and diverse wildlife, the forest spans over 3,000 acres, providing visitors ample opportunities for exploration and outdoor recreation. Discover splendid hiking trails that wind through a mosaic of ancient trees, granting glimpses of vibrant wildflowers and a tranquil babbling brook. Nature enthusiasts can revel in the beauty of the forest as they observe a rich array of wondrous birds, mammals, and reptiles that call this remarkable sanctuary home. Whether one seeks solitude, relaxation, or adventure, the Rehoboth State Forest promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Massachusetts.
History of the Area
Rehoboth State Forest is located in southeastern Massachusetts and has a rich history dating back to the early colonial period. Here is an overview of its history:

1. Colonial Settlement: Rehoboth was first settled in 1643 and was originally part of Plymouth Colony. It became an independent town in 1645 and was initially named "Seacunke." The town's hilly terrain and extensive forests made it suitable for logging and farming.

2. Land Ownership: Over the years, the land that currently encompasses Rehoboth State Forest changed hands frequently. It was initially owned by various colonial families but eventually came under state ownership.

3. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC): In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal program, played a crucial role in developing Rehoboth State Forest. The CCC built many recreational facilities, including picnic areas, hiking trails, and forest roads that are still in use today.

4. State Forest Designation: In 1946, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation officially designated the forest as Rehoboth State Forest. This designation aimed to preserve the forest's natural beauty and provide recreational opportunities for the public.

5. Conservation Efforts: Rehoboth State Forest has been managed with a focus on promoting forest health and wildlife habitat conservation. Timber harvesting continues to be an important activity in the forest, contributing to sustainable management practices.

Rehoboth State Forest covers approximately 2,027 acres and offers various recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping. It is also recognized as an important natural habitat for several species of plants and animals commonly found in southeastern Massachusetts.
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December 8 Close to home by Chris
park review stars; one to five Nice trails, needs trail markers. Lots of them on ground. Some trees across cart road/trails. Much potential. Went walking Dec, 6th and 8th, 2014
March 13
park review stars; one to five Good walking path. The paths are not clearly marked. Can be muddy and is very rocky. Mostly shaded area.
June 3 Has potential... by slbrides
park review stars; one to five On the smaller side, but I did not explore any of the trails that shot off from the main one. Was on my horse and it was rocky and narrow in spots. Probably better on foot. Has the potential to be a nice spot! And its better than a development!
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Located on over 100 wooded lakefront acres, overlooking Ashland State Park. Right out our front door you get to truly enjoy the great outdoors. Easy access to trails for hiking, and an area for swimming. Come and enjoy all that Ashland State Park has to offer, and stay at the Warren Center right next door.
27.3 miles from park*

1. Start by heading south on I:195 E.
2. Take exit 4 for MA:103 toward Swansea/Rehoboth.
3. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Wilbur Ave (MA:103).
4. Continue straight on Wilbur Ave until you reach a roundabout.
5. In the roundabout, take the second exit to stay on Wilbur Ave (MA:118 S).
6. Follow MA:118 S for approximately 7 miles until you reach Anawan St and turn right onto it.
7. Continue driving along Anawan St which will lead you directly into Rehoboth State Forest.

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