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Wells State Park
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Wells State Park Walker Pond Shoreline © Gary Jordan
It was cold that morning.
Wells State Park Walker Pond Morning Fog © Gary Jordan
Fog was rolling off the pond the morning we got up to enjoy the sunrise.
Wells State Park Morning Sunrise © Gary Jordan
The sun looked like this one morning as we walked along the lakeshore.
Wells State Park Wooded Campsites © Gary Jordan
Campsites are surrounded by trees which makes camping very pleasant. There are some campsites right on the lake.
Wells State Park Walker Pond Beach Area © Gary Jordan
Wells State Park Lake Trail © Gary Jordan
Wells State Park Pavillon © Gary Jordan
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Rte. 49
Sturbridge, Massachusetts   01566

Phone: 508-347-9257
Reservations: 508-347-9257
Wells State Park is a popular 1,400-acre woodland park. The two principal activities are camping and hiking. The campground has 60 attractive sites. Walker Pond provides a peaceful setting for fishing, canoeing, and swimming. The swimming beach is for campers' use only. During the summer, Wells has an interpretive program available which provides guided walks, hikes, recreational activities and evening campfire programs. Contact the park for a weekly schedule of events.

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. Wells is only five miles by car from Old Sturbridge Village, a nationally-renowned living history museum of New England village life in and around 1800.

The campground office hours are 8am?10pm. The regular camping season is from early May through mid-October.
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BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
1. Wells State Park offers a designated swimming area at Walker Pond.
2. Lifeguards are not provided, so swim at your own risk.
3. Swimming is only allowed during daylight hours for safety reasons.
4. No diving or jumping from the park's structures into the water is permitted.
5. Boating and fishing activities also take place on Walker Pond but separate from swimmers' areas to avoid accidents.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There is Walker Pond where people can go canoeing or kayaking, with rentals available on-site during the summer months. Motorized boats are not allowed in order to maintain the tranquility and natural beauty of the area. The pond also has a boat ramp for easy access.
Enjoy fishing in serene ponds and streams, home to species like trout, bass, perch and pickerel. A valid license is required.

Wells State Park offers picnic areas with tables and grills. Visitors can enjoy picnicking near the scenic Walker Pond.
The park offers miles of trails suitable for biking, but be aware that some are challenging and steep.

Mountain bikers should note the terrain can vary from flat to hilly.

Ensure you have a map as trail markings may not always be clear or visible.

Bikers must yield to pedestrians on shared paths; safety is paramount in this natural setting.

Remember helmets are required by law for riders under 17 years old - it's best practice regardless of age!

Please respect wildlife habitats while enjoying your ride through these beautiful landscapes.

Riding after dark isn't permitted so plan accordingly before embarking on longer routes.

Check weather conditions beforehand since certain trails might become dangerous during inclement weather periods.

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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.
31.7 miles from park*
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Wells State Park is located in south central Massachusetts.

From the east or west: Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rte. I-90) to exit 9 (Sturbridge). Follow Rte 20 East to the intersection with Rte. 49. Turn left onto Rte. 49 North. The Park entrance is the third left off Rte. 49.

From Connecticut: Take Rte. 84 North to Exit 3A and the intersection with Rte. 20 East. Follow Rte. 20 East to the intersection with Rte. 49. Turn left onto Rte. 49 North. The Park entrance is the third left off Rte. 49.

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