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Robinson State Park, Agawam

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Robinson State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area located mostly in the town of Agawam with a small section in Westfield, Massachusetts. The narrow, 1025acre state park follows the course of the meandering Westfield River which forms the park's northern border. The park is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.HistoryThe park originated with land donations made to the state for recreational purposes by Springfield businessman John C. Robinson in 1934 and 1937. Robinson was an early proponent of the Eastern States Exposition, which lies one mile east of the park. The riverside had been intended for industrial development when Robinson began making purchases of small parcels in 1920, with the aim of creating an area preserved for recreation.EcologyThe park's variable levels of terrain and proximity to the Westfield River make it ideal to host a wide variety of species of plants and animals, making it among the most diverse and rarest forests in Massachusetts. A variety of wildflowers, some rare, threatened, or endangered exist in the park. Some animals that have been spotted in the park from time to time include fisher cat, otter, beaver, deer, coyote, red fox, bear, egrets, pairs of bald eagles, and moose. Many migratory birds use the park as a place to stop during on their journey, thus many birdwatchers frequent Robinson State Park as the community of birds can change daily.
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  • We hike here often, the trerrain ranges from flat paved roads to hilly trails. there's nice spots along the Westfield River.  more »
  • Hiking--easy to low-moderate for hiking. Great place to start if you are a beginner hiker. Good trails for mountain biking. Abuts a river for fishing and kayaking/canoeing. Can easily Hike 8 miles of ...  more »
  • Spent a few hours walking through the park on a Saturday afternoon. Saw few people, most likely because it was a cold day.  more »
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  • Love Robinson State park.Nice trails,picnic area,Swimming area which is normally open,yet this year.Bacterial Problems have been a major issue this year & the swimming areas been closed BUT when it's open.I have to thank the Park Service for maintaining a clean as possible swimming area & boy,As a handicapped person,the swimming area is perfect for low impact exercise.Besides.What's not to love about this park.
  • Easy hiking, not much elevation change. Seems good for mountain biking, will try next time. Some trails are muddy. Usually not far from houses.
  • My favorite park for trail running and hikes with the kids. Nice terrain and well marked trails for hiking, walking and / or biking.
  • Does anybody know what's up with the parking of a bunch of cars at night . On 187 . That's still robinson park. What do people do there at night???
  • Great place to hit some trails, fishing spots and swimming.

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