Douglas State Forest Trail

Douglas, Massachusetts 1516

Douglas State Forest Trail

Douglas State Forest Trail Professional Guide

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"In southeastern Massachusetts, directly adjacent to both Connecticut and Rhode Island, 4,600-acre Douglas State Forest offers pleasant and diverse woodlands, a hidden trail shelter, and a back-country site where Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island intersect. A portion of this loop hike travels along Midstate Trail, a 95-mile long-distance route spanning central Massachusetts. This is one of Midstate Trail’s more remote and peaceful sections."

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Snowshoe Routes: New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Diane Bair & Pamela Wright
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"This gently lovely area of forests, kettle ponds, and wetlands is proof that one doesn’t need to conquer a summit to enjoy great scenery. This 4640-acre park, bordering Rhode Island and Connecticut on the southern border of central Massachusetts, is also known for its Atlantic white cedar swampland and its collection of glacial boulders. In addition to all this is Wallis Pond’s old stone dam with small waterfalls. The trail is lollipop-shaped; you’ll start at the stick of the lollipop and follow it counterclockwise. Be careful at the end of the loop, when you venture onto the stick again; it’s easy to miss it and you can get lost (like we did) and add an extra 6 miles to your hike. Otherwise, the hike is well marked but not heavily used—always a great combination!"
Hiking Massachusetts (Falcon Guides)
Benjamin B. Ames
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"This 4,640-acre forest sits at the corner of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Far from being just a flat, sandy floodplain, the land includes the cedar swamp and basin marsh ecosystems, as well as the rare Atlantic white cedar habitat. This loop tours the shore of Whitin Reservoir in the forest’s northern end."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston - 2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lafe Low and Helen Weatherall
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"The Coffeehouse Loop at Douglas State Forest takes you through a diverse forest and traverses a large scenic marshland. Down on the shores of Wallum Lake, there is a large picnic area with numerous picnic tables and restroom facilities. From the large map and information kiosk, walk to the right toward one of the restroom buildings. You’ll see a sign leading you to the 2.2-mile Coffeehouse Loop. For the most part, this trail is remarkably consistent in character. It does pass through a couple of small ravines and alongside a dam later in the hike, but for the first chunk, the trail is moderately wide and fairly smooth, although rocky in spots."
Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jenna Ringelheim
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"Bordering both Connecticut and Rhode Island, this popular 5730-acre state forest offers a vast network of hiking and nature trails for your dog to enjoy. The long-distance Midstate Trail runs through the forest and extends to Mount Watatic in the northern section of the state. Douglas State Forest also includes a rare Atlantic white cedar swamp, which is accessible via a boardwalk trail."

Douglas State Forest Trail Trip Reports

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Hot and humid day so we cut short the hike. Series of trails that have much potential, very quiet with very little traffic.

Would make for very interesting snow shoe trails
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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1-2 Days
Avoid the park on summer weekends when it typically reaches capacity by midmorning. Spring, fall, and summer weekdays are much better options.
Douglas State Forest, 107 Wallum Lake Road, Douglas, MA 01516, 508-476-7872
Local Contacts
Douglas State Forest Trail Map (Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation)
Local Maps

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