Harold Parker State Forest Trail

Andover, Massachusetts

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Only 25 miles north of Boston, this 3000-acre state forest is virtually unknown to those outside the area. Even in the height of summertime, campsites (in the western section of the park) can often be had at the last minute, on sultry August weekends (try doing that anyplace else in the state!). Why is this? The Harold Parker State Forest is certainly pretty enough. Park lands spread to Andover, North Andover, North Reading, and Middleton, and include forests of hardwood, hemlock, and white pine, circling eleven ponds (nine of them man-made). The property offers 35 miles of trails and logging roads to ramble, shown on the state forest map (available at forest headquarters and online). For snowshoe hikers looking for a nice, woodsy walk, it can’t be beat, since unpaved roads (closed to vehicles in winter) make an easygoing ramble, and you can head off trail and roam around the frozen ponds and pristine forests. It won’t be too difficult to find your way back to one of the main roads that crisscross the property.
Snowshoe Routes: New England

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Snowshoe Routes: New England

by Diane Bair & Pamela Wright (The Mountaineers Books)

Only 25 miles north of Boston, this 3000-acre state forest is virtually unknown to those outside the area. Even in the height of summertime, campsites (in the western section of the park) can often be had at the last minute, on sultry August weekends (try doing that anyplace else in the state!). Why is this? The Harold Parker State Forest is certainly pretty enough. Park lands spread to Andover, North Andover, North Reading, and Middleton, and include forests of hardwood, hemlock, and white pine, circling eleven ponds (nine of them man-made).

The property offers 35 miles of trails and logging roads to ramble, shown on the state forest map (available at forest headquarters and online). For snowshoe hikers looking for a nice, woodsy walk, it can’t be beat, since unpaved roads (closed to vehicles in winter) make an easygoing ramble, and you can head off trail and roam around the frozen ponds and pristine forests. It won’t be too difficult to find your way back to one of the main roads that crisscross the property.

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

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Andover
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-2 hours
Season: Winter
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Harold Parker State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Harold Parker State Forest Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

3/19/2018
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We had to park at the main office or Jenkins Road parking lot for snowshoeing. We snowshoed from the main office to the Jinkins Road parking lot. And really slow pace it took us 40 minutes one way.



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