Willard Brook State Forest

Willard Brook State Forest is a publicly owned forest with recreational features located in the towns of Ashby and Townsend, Massachusetts. The forest's fast-running brook and tree stands of a classic New England nature give it a character more in line with that of the forests found farther west in the state. It is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.[3]

Willard Brook State Forest
Ashby - Route 119 in Willard Brook SF.jpg
Route 119 passing through
Willard Brook State Forest
Map showing the location of Willard Brook State Forest
Map showing the location of Willard Brook State Forest
Location in Massachusetts
LocationAshby, Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates42°40′00″N 71°46′28″W / 42.66667°N 71.77444°W / 42.66667; -71.77444Coordinates: 42°40′00″N 71°46′28″W / 42.66667°N 71.77444°W / 42.66667; -71.77444[1]
Area2,929 acres (11.85 km2)[2]
Elevation558 ft (170 m)[1]
OperatorMassachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
WebsiteWillard Brook State Forest


The forest was established through state purchase of lands in 1930. While no Civilian Conservation Corps camp was established in this state forest, CCC workers from other areas were active here at various times from 1933 to 1940, developing recreational features at Damon Pond and Trap Brook Falls.[4]

Activities and amenitiesEdit

Forest trails are available for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. The Friends Trail connects with the campground at Pearl Hill State Park. The forest also offers a campground, picnicking, swimming, fishing, and restricted hunting.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Willard Brook State Forest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Willard Brook State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  4. ^ Beth McKinney, ed. (January 1999). "The Civilian Conservation Corps: A Statewide Survey of Civilian Conservation Corps Resources". Massachusetts Office of Historic Resources. pp. 53–54. Retrieved February 28, 2017.

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