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Willard Brook State Forest
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Rte. 119
Ashby & Townsend, Massachusetts   01469

Phone: 978-386-7146
Reservations: 978-386-7146
Willard Brook State Forest contains 2,597 acres and is located in the towns of Ashby and Townsend, 50 miles from Boston. Here you can find the character and feeling of forests usually found much farther west in the state with a tumbling brook and quick water amid groves of classic New England woods.

A wide variety of activities are offered including 21 campsites spread beneath a pine canopy, swimming, walking, hiking, birding, fishing, horseback riding and winter trail sports.

The campground office hours are 9am?10pm. The regular camping season is from late May to early September.
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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 24 60 years ago by jeanne
park review stars; one to five Willard Brook was a favored Sunday destination when I was a little girl growing up in Boston. The 50 miles we traveled seemed to take for-e-ver in those days, but the time was so worth it once we arrived. The running water was a big attraction for my brothers, our friends, and me. I think I managed to slip on a rock every time we went there and got soaking wet. A simpler time in our lives.
January 23 My Favorite Massachusetts State Forest by Mary M.
park review stars; one to five This is one of the most beautiful parks for the brooks that run through it, as well as due to the Park Supervisors and other seasonal staff, who are great people and very visitor-friendly. It is a great place, always changing, from season to season, year to year, for a hike, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, a picnic, camping, or swimming. It is a peaceful, lovely place, very good for families to enjoy nature. Mt. Wataitic (part of the Wapac and Midstate trails)as well as the Nashua River Rail Trail are under the jurisdiction of this State Forest. I could not live without it, as I go there to defuse the stresses in my life and replace them with the beauty and peace of Willard Brook, Trap falls, and Pearl Hill, in particular.
August 24 Very Beautiful by TA
park review stars; one to five Lots of beautiful spots, some trails are well marked. Signage gets worse, old or non-existent the further you go...some trails not on maps at all. Nice folks working there though...hope some friends group works on getting the trails better marked, trails are well groomed. Swimming areas very nice.
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Area Campgrounds
The Pines Campground
49 Davis Road
Ashby, MA
Shady Point Beach & Campground
701 Reservoir Road
Lunenburg, MA
Spacious Skies Minute Man
264 Ayer Road
Littleton, MA
Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
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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.
33.7 miles from park*

Willard Brook State Forest is located in north-central Massachusetts.

From the northeast: Take Rte. 495 to Littleton; take the Rte.119 Exit. Follow Rte 119 West approx. 21 miles through W. Townsend to the campground on the left

From the west: Follow Rte. 2 East to Rte. 31 North in Fitchburg. Follow 31 North through Fitchburg to the Town of Ashby and the intersection with Rte. 119 East. Follow Rte. 119 East approx. .5 miles to the campground entrance on the right.

From the east: Rte 2 West to Fitchburg and Rte.13 North. Follow Rte. 13 North to Rte.119 West in West Townsend. Turn left onto Rte. 119. Follow Rte. 119 approximately 4 miles to the park entrance on the left.

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