Upton State Forest Trail

Upton, Massachusetts

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The first time we ever hiked here, in springtime, we were greeted by an unusual sight; a parade of people dressed in Renaissance garb spilled out of the woods—a role-playing group, the Society of Creative Anachronism, all done up in brocades and velvets, not the typical shorts-and-wicking-tee-shirts crowd. And we thought we were the ones who’d discovered this pine-scented, boulder-studded 2660-acre forest! So it isn’t completely unknown, but Upton State Forest is still quite pristine-and pretty much overlooked in winter. This thickly forested paradise of white pine and maples is circled with a pretty 3-mile loop trail that can be shortened if you choose to follow the unpaved Park Road to Dean Pond and circle back on Loop Road. It’s easy for beginners and kids, with just a slight climb up the Hawk Trail.
Snowshoe Routes: New England

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Snowshoe Routes: New England

by Diane Bair & Pamela Wright (The Mountaineers Books)

The first time we ever hiked here, in springtime, we were greeted by an unusual sight; a parade of people dressed in Renaissance garb spilled out of the woods—a role-playing group, the Society of Creative Anachronism, all done up in brocades and velvets, not the typical shorts-and-wicking-tee-shirts crowd. And we thought we were the ones who’d discovered this pine-scented, boulder-studded 2660-acre forest!

So it isn’t completely unknown, but Upton State Forest is still quite pristine-and pretty much overlooked in winter. This thickly forested paradise of white pine and maples is circled with a pretty 3-mile loop trail that can be shortened if you choose to follow the unpaved Park Road to Dean Pond and circle back on Loop Road. It’s easy for beginners and kids, with just a slight climb up the Hawk Trail.

©  Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Upton
Distance: 3.3
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Winter
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Upton State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Upton State Forest Trail

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