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Callahan State Park, Framingham

(3.7/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
Callahan State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area located in the town of Framingham and the city of Marlborough, Massachusetts. The state park was named in honor of former newspaper editor Raymond J. Callahan by an act of the Massachusetts legislature in 1971. The day-use park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.Activities and amenitiesThere are three parking lots for Callahan State Park. The two in Framingham are located on Millwood Street and Edmands Road. The other lot is located on Broadmeadow Road in Marlborough. The park has of marked trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and equestrian use. Visitors can also fly kites atop the Earthen Dam, picnic at the Edmands road lot, and look for two chimneys in the woods.Flora and faunaThe park is home to a wide variety of trees both coniferous and deciduous. Wildlife spotted at Callahan State Park include snapping turtles, spotted turtles, red bellied turtles, white tail deer, garter and water snakes, tree frogs, most New England frog and toad varieties, minks, fisher cat, red fox, coyote, largemouth bass at Eagle Pond, various common trout, pumpkin seeds and blue gills, herons, egrets, bobolinks, goldfinches, orioles, red tail hawks, mocking birds, sparrows, swifts, swallows, grackles, cow birds, cat birds, barred owl, other various birds of prey, robins, cardinals, blue jays and other New England birds. Deer flies, ticks, and mosquitoes are common. Garter snakes can be seen basking on the hot dirt paths in spring and summer.
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TripAdvisor
  • A great place for riding trails on a fat bike some single track through the woods, plenty of free parking. 
  • I come here 1-3 times a week after work for runs and mountain bikes in the spring to fall. Great network of trails. Northern half of park is a little more technical, southern end is more flat and roll...  more »
  • This park has been overrun by dogs that are not on leashes. Early mornings before 8:30 it's relatively safe to go without a big dog jumping on you. Parts of Callahan in the woods are beautiful and the...  more »
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  • Truly dog heaven. Miles of interconnecting trails through open fields and woods. Ponds and streams. Full of mostly unleashed dogs. What more could you ask for?
  • Excellent place to walk with your dogs or by yourself. Beautiful scenery.. Lots of trails ... Great form of exercise
  • Callahan State Park is a great place to visit. It's very popular for dogs who are often off-leash there. There are lots of trails for hiking.
  • Very nice place. There are plenty of paths to explore and get lost on. Far enough away and yet close enough to home. #DogFriendly
  • Great place to bring your well behaved dog. Plenty of walking trails. Make sure you bring some kind of insect repellent for you and your furry friend, ticks are present.